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.
If you or someone you know is not too keen on reptiles then don’t worry, we have ample seating both inside and outside The Rainforest Diner away from the displays.
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 Yellow Anaconda… don’t worry, he’s only a junior snake at the moment so he is not very large and not yet on display until we have a vivarium with ample space for him!
Quite a new addition to our display are our Leopard Geckos and true to their name, they have leopard markings which are vibrant and very attractive; but can also be very varied in captivity. They have some very unique features, one of which being that they have movable eyelids! They are unable to climb up smooth surfaces so are mostly ground-dwelling lizards, living in the rocky grasslands of South-Asian Afghanistan, Pakistan & North-West India. The Leopard Gecko is quite large in comparison to some other species and mainly eat insects such as crickets, roaches and meal worms. You can find them and lots more information about them inside The Rainforest Diner when you next visit!
The Asian forest scorpion’s native habitat ranges from India to Malaysia. It is a large, stocky, heavy, black scorpion that may grow up to five inches in length. They primarily live on the surface under rocks and logs, but do occasionally burrow. They look very much like emperor scorpions and sometimes will be mistaken for them when sold within the pet trade. The forest scorpion is more aggressive than the emperor scorpion. They can be kept in groups, but it is not recommended due to their aggressive nature. They will assume a defensive posture more easily and are more likely to protect themselves with their pincers. The venom from an Asian forest scorpion’s sting is mild but can be quite painful, and has been compared to the sting of a Hornet.
Also known as the Green Spiny Lizard, the Emerald Swift has bright green and blue markings and males are usually more brightly coloured than females. They are native to Central America and spend most of their day basking in the sunshine, if the temperature becomes too hot or when they need sleep, they will retreat to a burrow or under rocks to cool off and rest. The Emerald Swift has only recently become a species of it’s own, it used to be classed as a sub-species to the Mexican Emerald Spiny Lizard.
Amongst our Reptile & Amphibian display is our colourful fish tank, where you can see a beautiful display of rocks, plants and water. At the moment living within it is our Pleco named Stan! If you look closely on his stomach, we noticed he has his own word search with his name in it… can you see it? A Pleco is a valued member of many fish tanks because of their glass cleaning, they will eat almost anything and will often be seen sweeping over the stones to suck up any algae or foods that have fallen in-between them. They originate in the rivers of the South American Amazon jungle, and they can be very territorial towards other Plecos.
Currently in Quarantine…
We have some species of Reptile living in our Quarantine Reptile Housing while they wait for a suitable vivarium. They will have a wonderful newly equipped home in our Tropical House, set to begin development in 2018. Their vivariums in quarantine are very similar to our display vivariums and of varying sizes behind the scenes at L.W.P. The exciting species we currently have being looked after by our keepers are:
- Yellow Anaconda
- Boa Constrictors
- Red Iguana
- Bearded Dragons
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!