Reptiles & Amphibians
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. We have two species of lizard within the display including 5 Bearded Dragons and a Sudan Plated Lizard. 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. The Sudan Plated Lizard is much more timid and scatty than our relaxed Bearded Dragons, watch it as it whips around its vivarium. Its plated amour suit is great for protection from predators such as eagles & hawks in the wild.
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 two Royal Pythons which are rather difficult to spot because of their great brown and tan camouflage in the woodland undergrowth of forests, these 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. We have Malawi Cichlids which are native to Africa & are found in Lake Malawi; these fish are extremely interesting to watch as they are known for exploring all the spaces of their tank and being very active fish. There are more than 1,300 different species of Malawi Cichlids found every year! We also have two Suckermouth Catfish; more widely known as the Common Pleco and have very interesting markings and appearance compared to other species of fish. The Pleco is great for cleaning tanks as their main diet is algae, crustaceans & aquatic plants; you will often see our largest of the two stuck to the side of the tank, with his large, wide mouth sucking at the algae! The smaller of the two is very shy and rarely seen until the afternoon, so if you spot him be sure to tell us!
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!