Insects & Spiders:
Indian Walking Stick
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Salmon Pink Bird
Brazilian Rain Forest Tarantula
3-Toed Box Turtle
Blue Tongued Skink
European Legless Lizard
Gray Tree Frog
From the Sahara desert of
Africa, this large tortoise may reach a weight of over 200 pounds. They
are totally vegetarian, surviving on leafy plants and fruits. They have
many interesting adaptations which allows them to survive in the harsh
conditions of the desert. Our specimen was hatched in captivity.
Common in Australia, the
blue-tongued skinks are docile and hardy lizards that have been beloved
by herpetologists for many years. They are easily bred in
captivity. This is a tribute to the hardiness of these lizards,
which can live for 20 years or more. They are almost without fear,
docile and intelligent and even friendly. They have simple caging
requirements, and are predictably voracious eaters.
Legless Lizard or Glass Snake
Legless lizards may look
like snakes, but they are true lizards. Unlike snakes, they have movable
eyelids, several rows of belly scales, and the ability to break off
their tail when they are in danger. Although many members of this family
lack limbs, this is not a characteristic of every species. They may live
over 50 years in captivity.
European legless lizards, range from the Balkans as
far as Istria (peninsula in northeastern Italy) and northeast Bulgaria.
They are also found in Crimea, Caucasus and parts of southwest and
In the wild legless lizards feed on a variety of small mammals, bird
eggs and invertebrates such as insects and earthworms.
Did you know? Lizards have external ear "openings" and snakes do not.
Dove is a widespread and abundant bird in the bush, savannah, farmlands,
and woodlands of southern and eastern Africa. These doves are usually
found alone or in pairs, although they do form larger flocks around
sources of food and water, sometimes containing hundreds of birds. They
are quite noisy in these groups, not only for the variety of calls they
make throughout the day (and often into night), but also because their
wings clap loudly when the birds take flight.
Ring-Necked Doves rest in treetops during the night and forage for
food on the ground. They drink mainly in the morning. They feed mainly
on seeds, but they also eat insects on occasion, especially flying ants.
When they walk on the ground, their heads bob with each small step.
The American Toad is probably the amphibian most often
seen by people in our area. It enters lawns and gardens, and it
frequently crosses roads.
American Toads are large, growing up to 4 1/2 inches long. Full-grown
adults are usually chubby.
These toads varies in color, but are usually brown, brick-red, or
olive-colored. They have patterns of lighter colors on their bodies, as
well as brown spots. All of them have warts, and some have a light
stripe down their backs.
Both male and female toads have a spotted belly, but the male has a
The desert tortoise is native to the Mojave desert and Sonoran
desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
The tortoise is able to live where ground temperature
may exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius)
because of its ability to dig underground burrows and
escape the heat. At least 95% of its life is spent in
burrows. There, it is also protected from freezing
winter weather while dormant, from November through
February or March. With its burrow, this tortoise
creates a subterranean environment that can be
beneficial to other reptiles, mammals, birds and
Budgerigars are nomadic birds found in open habitats, primarily in
Australian scrubland, open woodland and grassland. The birds are
normally found in small flocks, but can form very large flocks under
favorable conditions. The species is extremely nomadic and the movement
of the flocks is tied to the availability of food and water. Drought can
drive flocks into more wooded habitat or coastal areas.
Naturalized feral budgies have been recorded since the 1940s in the
St. Petersburg, Florida area of the United States, but are much less
common than they were in the early 1980s. Increased competition from
European Starlings and House Sparrows is thought to be primary cause of
the population decline
Although budgies in their natural-habitats of Australia eat mainly
grass seeds, captive birds feed on either dry, sprouted and/or soaked
seeds. A diet of only dry seeds is inadequate for them and/or any parrot
species' optimum health
Found only in Australia, bearded dragons are widely distributed
throughout the interior of the eastern states to the eastern half of
South Australia and southeastern Northern Territory.
They occupy a
variety of habitats including subtropical woodlands, scrublands,
savannas, shore areas, and into the great interior deserts.
Bearded dragons are opportunistic omnivores. They live in areas where
food may be hard to find, so they are not finicky eaters. Their stomachs
are large to accommodate large quantities of plant matter, insects,
spiders, and the occasional small rodent or lizard; about 20 percent of
their total diet is plant matter.
Inland bearded dragons reach sexual maturity at one to two years of
age. Breeding season is during the warm summer months of September
Found in Africa, ball pythons prefer grasslands, savannas and sparsely
wooded areas for habitat. This species is known for its defense strategy
that involves coiling into a tight ball when threatened, with its head
and neck tucked in. Favored retreats include mammal burrows and
other underground hiding places, where they also aestivate. In
captivity, they are considered good pets, for their relatively small
size and placid nature make them easy to handle.
In the wild, their
diet consists mostly of small mammals, such as African soft-furred rats,
shrews and striped mice. Younger individuals have also been known to
feed on birds. Females lay three to 11 rather large, leathery eggs.
These are incubated by the female under the ground, and hatch after 55
to 60 days
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