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The four amigo's!
Shall we make a dash for it?
Growing to 40cm -60cm (14-24) Bearded Dragons are a social species and display interesting behaviour such as courtship, recognition, threat and appeasement and these may all be observed within The Vivarium. Spikey elongated scales or beard cover the huge throat pouch and can be extended when a Bearded Dragon feels threatened making an open mouth and inflated body an effective threat posture.
Native to Australia, these heavy-bodied lizards are partly arboreal and enjoy basking on tree stumps and garden fences. They prefer to live in dry woodland or desert style environment. They have appealing characters and are easy to keep in a Vivarium.
on my experience with Bearded Dragons, I estimate their longevity in
captivity to be from four to ten years.
Bearded dragons love their food, which includes Crickets, King Mealworms, Grasshoppers and Locusts, Pink and/or Fuzzy Mice. In captivity, offer chopped greens (kale, mustard greens, carrots, green beans, chopped fruit, calcium and Vitamin D3.
be able to keep these reptiles, it is essential that you create the
right environment. A Vivarium measuring 76cm x 51cm x 76cm (30 x
20 x 30) is suitable for an adult pair or trio of Bearded Dragons.
Insert cork logs or rocks for climbing on burrowing under and cover the
Vivarium floor with bark chips or calcium sand. Add leaves and pinecones
or live succulents to enhance your set-up.
is 'Boris', our Russian Ratsnake (Elaphe Schrencki)
slender rat snake with a narrow head and slightly keeled scales on the
back. It is black or dark brown with narrow rings of yellow, white or
greyish around the body. The scales around the lips are usually the same
colour as the rings.
When it comes to size, they can get to about 2m. Boris is about 1.5m (5)
are native to Central Asia, from South Siberia and China to Korea.
Boris enjoying a day out in the back garden!
Maisie, as inquisitive as normal!
You want to hold her too don't you!
a large boa, with quite variable markings usually grey or beige with
dark brown markings along the back. It has a dark line on the top of the
head and another dark line runs through each eye. It lacks heat pits.
are known to grow to about 4m usually rather less. Maisie is about
to South and Central America including some West Indian Islands namely
Dominica, Trinidad and St Lucia.
prefer to live in Rain Forest clearings and riversides, agricultural
land and thorn scrub and often close to villages.
it comes to eating, rat, rabbit, guinea pig, chicken and quail are among
their favourite dishes!
When it comes to eating, rat, rabbit, guinea pig, chicken and quail are among their favourite dishes!
On the breeding front, they are Live-bearing with litters of up to 50 young.
Maisie is the most common boa, and not easily mistaken for other species. They are a common exhibit in zoos and a popular pet.
CARPET PYTHON, (Morelia Spilota Variegata) - BALOO
Carpet pythons can get to 4m but usually much less. They are native to
East and South Western Australia and parts of New Guinea.
will find them living in forests, scrub and rocky outcrops. Often found
along river course and they especially like being around human dwellings
You will find them living in forests, scrub and rocky outcrops. Often found along river course and they especially like being around human dwellings
When it comes to lunchtime, Baloo will eat large rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens. In the wild they can eat guinea pigs, bats, birds and other small marsupials.
wrapped up & then stretching!
The door is open, lets go!
Real name 'Elaphne Taeniura', known to us as STRANGLE AND SQUEEZE!
are all so called Taiwan Beauty
it comes to looks, the many races of Elaphne Taeniura vary tremendously
in external appearance. Some are proportionately heavy-bodied, strongly
blotched anteriorly and more strongly posteriorly
attaining a length of more than 6 (1.8m). The published recorded size
for the Taiwan Beauty is 79 (2.36m) but specimens of more than
5.5 (1.67m) are fairly uncommon.
Native home is Taiwan, Borneo to Malaysia, Thailand to Sunatra, Burma and Southeastern China.
prefer to spend their time in forests, scrub, grassland, caves and rock
Strangle and Squeeze eat small rats, large mice and baby chicks. In the wild they eat, small quail and rats.
to Central and South America, the Green Iguana is probably the most
commonly kept large lizard but should only be suitable for those pet
keepers with considerable space and time available to them. Not only are
they large, they can live for 10-15 years in captivity. Although
basically green, Green Iguanas can display a range of colours.
Adult iguanas are herbivorous and will eat a wide variety, and quantity, of foods. It is important not to over feed your pet on richer, 'preferred' foods since, in the wild, the bulk of their diet is made up of poor quality foods. Spike is fed daily in a large bowl filled with chopped fruits, leaves and vegetables. Depending on the season, you could include the following - chopped lettuce, corn, cucumber, flowers, dandelion, cooked potato, apple, pears, kiwi fruit, banana including skin, grapes, green beans, kale, broccoli, melon, plums and mango.
In the Caribbean, Iguanas are called tree chickens and an adult, once cooked can feed a family of four!
Spike, taking it easy!
Leopard Geckos (Eublepharis Macularius), or known to us as 'Posh & Becks',
are members of the Gekkonidae family. Most members of this family are noted for their climbing abilities.
Fine hairlike structures and specially modified scales help them to climb glass or walk across a ceiling. Leopard Geckos however, are a ground dwelling species which use their sharp claws for digging and for clambering about on rocks and logs.
Fully grown adults grow to 20cm 22cm (8 to 9).
These Geckos can live for up to
twenty years in captivity.
lunch is crickets, hoppers and pinkies.
are indigenous to Pakistan and India preferring dry desert areas with
semi-arid areas such where the desert meets the savannah
They are indigenous to Pakistan and India preferring dry desert areas with semi-arid areas such where the desert meets the savannah
rounded snake with smooth, shiny scales and a narrow head. It is black
and white or brown and green but with variable markings.
Can grow to about 2m. Khan is a little bit smaller.
Distribution is South Western USA, California and Arizona and in North
preferred habitat is Dry hillside, scrubby and rocky places.
the food stakes, they love to devour lizards, other snakes, birds, small
rats and mice.
King Snakes are noted for their unusual ability to kill and consume venomous snakes.
Yep, thats my body under my head!
How long do I have to posse for you?
Major is the plated lizard best known to American hobbyists. It ranges
widely in Savannah land over much of central eastern Africa. Its common
name Rough Scaled Plated Lizard aptly describes the heavy keeled dorsal
and dorso-lateral scales.
Major is a robust lizard which attains the size of 18 (45.7cm) or
Snake (Elaphe Guttata Guttata) and Plains Ratsnake (Elaphe Guttata
is a creamsicle corn snake or Amelanistic snake
is a girl snake, similar to a corn snake but saddles along its back may
appear washed out
will grow to around 1.8m and Penny to about 1.5m
can be found in Eastern and South Eastern USA. Penny in Central USA and
North East Mexico
Copper and Penny like wooded and rock places to reside in, often around
human dwellings in roofs, etc. Both can climb well!
Rite, I'm Out of here!
I'm staying put!
Hurry up, I'm hungry!
of March 1995 a roral of 13 Xonosaurs are known. Many are of rather
similar appearance, differing in the number or placement of light dorsal
or dosolateral stripes but others are of dramatically different colour
can grow to 14 long (35.6cm) or the largest member of the genus is
the big 27 (69cm).
live on the island nation of Madagascar.
They prefer to spend their time in grassland, scrub and lightly wooded areas.
They are known to be good climbers and active by day.
the food front, they consume small mice, hoppers, crickets and some
is a Common Trinket Snake; he is the smallest snake I have got. The head
of the trinket rate snake is usually patternless except for a dark
suture between the two parietal scales and a dark and visibly
discernable postocular strip.
This is a small to medium sized snake with a proportionately slender
body. The adult length averages 3 to 4 (0.9m to 1.2m). Sometimes
reaching 5. The males tend to be slightly smaller.
India, eastward to Nepal and southward to Sri Lanka
Spot the branch, or is that me?