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Burmese Python

 

 

Burmese Pythons live in the jungle and the grassy marshes of Southeast Asia. Burmese Pythons are one of the largest snakes on Earth. They are capable of reaching 30 feet or more in length and weighing up to 40 stone with a girth as big as a telephone pole. When young, they will spend much of their time in the trees. As they mature their size and weight make tree climbing a bad idea. They are also excellent swimmers, and can stay submerged for up to 30 minutes before surfacing for air.


Burmese Pythons are carnivores, eating small mammals and birds. They have poor eyesight, and stalk prey using chemical receptors in their tongues and heat-sensors along the jaws. They swallow all their food whole.

 

 

 

 

 

Jungle Carpet Python

 

Jungle Carpet Pythons are carnivores and can live up to 20 years and reach up to 8 ft in length and weigh up to 15kgs.  The Jungle Carpet is a medium sized python and is slender. It has a thin neck & a head that is said to resemble that of a dragon. They are quite slow growing & develop their adult colours at about 2 years of age.

Carpet Pythons are found in Australia and New Guinea where they live in Rainforests, Desert areas, Mountain ranges, Grasslands and Floodplains. A Jungle Carpet Python has a distinctive colour pattern that allows the snake the ability to camouflage itself against the natural background and ambush prey or hide from predators. Jungle Carpet Pythons have a prehensile tail (can hold on with the tail) which aids them in arboreal (tree climbing) pursuits.

 

 

 

Corn Snake

 

Corn Snakes are a North American species. The name “Corn Snake” comes from the fact that they have a maize -like pattern on their bellies and because they were found in corn fields. Corn Snakes have a very docile nature which is why they are easy to tame. Corn Snakes are not prone to striking and rarely bite, they are safe around children if supervised appropriately. They are also very inquisitive.

Corn Snakes are one of the UK’s most kept snake. One of the reasons that they are popular is because they grow to a manageable size unlike other snakes. The average size for an adult Corn Snake is around 4-5 foot and as thick as a broom handle. Your corn Snake will never grow too large for you to handle.

Corn Snakes can live up to about 20 to 25 years with appropriate care.

 


Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragons are omnivores (eats plants and animals) and can live up to 23 years. They are from Australia and can reach up to 35cms in length.

Bearded Dragons have several behaviour traits which make them fascinating to watch – the most endearing being their tendency to lift a front leg in a circular motion, which looks like they are waving to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skink

 

Blue-Tongue Skinks are found in just about every part of Australia: on the coastal plains; in the mountains; in rainforests and deserts. They are omnivores. They like open country with lots of cover like tall grasses, leaf litter, rocks and logs, low shrubs under which they will shelter at night, during the day they sun themselves until they are warm enough, and then they forage for food during the warmer parts of the day. Blue-tongued skinks can drop their tails if necessary to escape a predator. The stump will heal quickly and a new tail will start to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frill Necked Dragon

 

 

Frill-Necked Dragon Lizards are mainly found in Northern Australia and Southern Papa New Guinea. Its name comes from the large frill around its neck, which usually stays folded against the lizard's body. The frill neck spends the majority of the time in trees and they are a relatively large lizard, reaching up to 91.4cm in length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sudan Plated Lizard

 

Milk Snakes can be docile and are easily tamed. Milk Snakes are not prone to striking and rarely bite, they are safe around children if supervised appropriately. They are also very inquisitive.

Milk Snakes are one of the UK’s most kept snake. One of the reasons that they are popular is because they grow to a manageable size unlike other snakes. The average size for an adult Milk Snake is around 4-5 foot and as thick as a broom handle. Your Milk Snake will never grow too large for you to handle. Ming Snakes can live up to about 20 to 25 years with appropriate care.

Once you have the correct set-up / environment for your Milk snake they are very easy to keep and maintain



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Python

 

Leopard Gecko’s are undoubtedly one of the best reptiles available today. They are also very easy to care for, they are very docile, usually friendly and come in an array of colours. Leopard Gecko’s rarely bite, they are safe around children if supervised appropriately. Leopard Gecko’s are one of the UK’s most kept lizard. They are popular because they grow to a manageable size unlike other lizards. The average size for an adult Leopard Gecko is around 8 inches. Your Leopard Gecko will never grow too large for you to handle. Leopard Gecko’s can live up to about 20 years with appropriate care. Once you have the correct set-up / environment for your Leopard Gecko they are very easy to keep and maintain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emporor Scorpion

 

 

The Emperor Scorpion is from Africa. The Emperor is one of the largest species of scorpion in the world, with adults averaging about 8 inches in length. Their life span usually ranges from 5–8 years and they are carnivores. The Emperor scorpion, like most scorpions, is timid. If given a choice they will spend the vast majority of their time hiding in a hole, only venturing out to hunt. Their pinch is surprisingly powerful (believed to be capable of breaking a pencil in half) and the sting, although toxic, has varying affects on humans; some report no problems while others suffer severe pain. The sting feels like a bee sting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TARANTULA

TarantulaTarantulas comprise a group of hairy and often very large spiders, there are approximately 900 species. Some tarantulas hunt prey in trees, others hunt on or near the ground. All tarantulas can produce silk and mainly eat insects. The biggest tarantulas can kill animals as large as lizards, mice, and birds. Tarantulas are found in tropical and desert regions around the world. Most tarantulas are harmless to humans. All tarantulas are venomous, but only some species have venom that can produce extreme discomfort over a period of several days.

 

The name 'tarantula' comes from the town of Taranto in Southern Italy. The largest species of tarantula can weigh over 85 grams, the largest of all being the Goliath Birdeater from Venezuela and Brazil, which has been reported to have a weight of 150 grams and a leg-span of up to 30 centimetres.

 





MADAGASCAN HISSING COCKROACH

Hissing CockroachThe Madagascar hissing Cockroach is one of the largest species of cockroach reaching 2–3 inches at maturity. They are from the island of Madagascar off the African coast, where they can be found in rotting logs.


Unlike most cockroaches, they are wingless. They are excellent climbers and can scale smooth glass.  These insects can live 5 years and they feed primarily on vegetable material.


Their nickname, "hissing cockroach", is due to their ability to force air through the breathing pores. The Madagascar hissing cockroach is believed to be the only insect that can growl this way. Males hiss more often than females, but they are not aggressive and do not bite.

 

 

 

 

 


HERMANS TORTOISE

Hermans TortoiseHerman's tortoises are small to medium sized tortoises that come from southern Europe. Early in the morning, the animals leave their nightly shelters, to bask in the sun and warm their bodies. They then roam about the Mediterranean meadows of their habitat in search of food. They determine which plants to eat by the sense of smell.


Tortoises live as long as 70- over 100 years. The oldest living tortoise in the UK is 118 years old. Tortoise’s come out of an egg.