Face your fears and enter our underground caves and enclosures where some of our creepiest lizards, snakes and little critters are on display.
In this area of our zoo you will find the following…
Lizards: Lizards come in all shapes and sizes and there are believed to be over 3800 species of lizards throughout the world. Lizards are one of the oldest creatures to live on Earth, first walking the planet 200 million years ago! Lizards have scaly skin and are cold blooded reptiles.
Snakes: Snakes are long, legless reptiles covered in overlapping scales. They are also distinctive for their lack of eyelids and external ears. There are over 2,900 species of snake around the world, most of which are non-venomous. Most that are venomous only use it to kill and subdue their prey.
Amphibians: Amphibians are cold-blooded animals, which means their body temperature changes to their surroundings. They change from young who survive in the water to adults that can breathe in the air. Frogs, Toads and Salamanders are such creatures.
Turtles and Tortoises: Turtles and tortoises are both cold blooded reptiles with a hard shell covering their body. Their backbone, breastbone and ribs are a part of their shell, so they cannot remove it or replace it. The difference between the two is that turtle live in the water, while tortoises live on the land.
Invertebrates: An invertebrate is an animal without a backbone. Out of the million or more animal species in the world, more than 98% are invertebrates! Many invertebrates have a fluid-filled skeleton, like a jelly fish or a worm. Others have a hard outer shell, like insects.
Rhinoceros Iguanas: As their name suggests, Rhinoceros Iguanas resemble rhinoceroses in some respects. Males have a bony-plated horn on their snout and hard grey/green skin covering their body. They are herbivores, who like to eat plants and fruit in the forests that they thrive in.
FUN FACT: Rhinoceros Iguanas are very territorial and use their long tail as a whip to warn off intruders. They can also re-grow teeth that are lost after a fight