Reptiles & Amphibians
All of our Reptiles and Amphibians can be found in the beautiful displays inside our Rainforest Diner. They have been individually designed by Andy Ferguson, owner of L.A. Reptiles in Lincoln, as a donation to our charity. He has done such an amazing job at designing and hand-installing them; adding specialist props and features for each individual species needs. Come along and view these incredible creations and the reptiles living within them.
Set inside our Rainforest Diner is a unique reptile and amphibian display to educate and capture the attention of our reptile loving visitors. If you don’t love reptiles, there is alternative seating away from our display so we allow you to make the choice of observing these creatures in their vivariums or enjoying your dining experience away from them. The Bearded dragons are favourite among visitors because of their characteristics and colour changing abilities. Their signature ‘Beard’ will change to black to assert dominance and their bodies vary in colour to adapt to heat or mood changes. They are very interesting to watch as they move around their vivarium or bask under the warm lamps, they often display different hand waving gestures and head bobbing as they square up to you… probably jealous of your food!
One of the newest members to our display is the beautiful Yemen Chameleon, a creature which is very good at hide and seek! He blends in very well with his surroundings so take some time to study his vivarium and see if you can spot him! Also known as a Veiled Chameleon or Cone-headed Chameleon, they live in a large range of habitats in the trees and large plants of mountains and valleys. They are omnivores, so will eat a variety of plants and insects, particularly using plant matter as a source of water. Newly hatched young are pastel green in colour and develop stripes as they grow. Adult females are green with white, orange, yellow, or tan mottling. Adult males are brighter with more defined bands of yellow or blue and some mottling.
We have more snakes than any other reptile at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, they are fascinating creatures and all very different from one another; both in looks and characteristics. We have two Corn Snake’s both with very different morphs; morphs being the colour variation of this breed, there are hundreds of morphs found in corn snakes alone. We also have a Royal Python which are rather difficult to spot because of their great brown and tan camouflage in the woodland undergrowth of forests, they are not much longer than the corn snakes but much wider. Finally we have a Mexican Black King snake with an all black body, this snake is rarer than our others and is quite tame and gentle when handled. The Mexican Black is used during our reptile handling for schools and colleges due to its calm nature.
Amongst our Reptile & Amphibian display is our colourful fish tank, where you can see an array of different tropical fish. It has been newly refurbished with a beautiful display and we are continually adding new and interesting species to it for you to view. At the moment the tank has Neon Tetra & Guppies in it which are all small varieties of fish. Guppies have a very wide spectrum of different patterns including leopard, spots, stripes and all different colours and are found all over the world. Neon Tetra are mainly from South-East Columbia, Brazil & Peru where the water is warm. They usually have light blue back with silver belly and are most noticeable for their iridescent blue & red stripes down each side. The fish is also slightly transparent, apart from these bright markings.
Our tortoises are of all shapes and sizes ranging from our smallest of just a few inches, to Albert our largest Tortoise, weighing in at 5 stone! Sulcata Tortoises are the third largest species in the world and the largest of the mainland species, they are quite interesting to watch with their prehistoric characteristics. Surprisingly, they can move quite quickly in warm climates but will slow down to almost a halt in cold weather which can be quite dangerous if left exposed for too long. So if you visit in the winter months when it is particularly cold, please be patient with them as they may chose to stay in their house where there is heat lighting, to avoid a potentially fatal exposure outside.
Our little Hinge-back Tortoise is displayed with our other Reptiles, instead of being with our larger Sulcata Tortoises outside; this is because he is so small and needs plenty of heated lighting. His vivarium mimics the dry woodlands of Africa where he originates from and he loves to bask under the light. He is quite different to other tortoises, in the way he looks and his diet; he needs at least 40% mushrooms in his diet, providing him with vital Vitamin D. His shell is a very similar colour to that of other Tortoise species, but the back juts down at a 90 degree angle to cover his back end. This is to help protect him from predators that attack from behind… a vital defence mechanism for such a slow mover!