Reptiles are cold blooded vertebrates. They are often covered in scales or feature hard shells for protection. Reptiles belong to the Class Reptilia and include a vast range of different Families and Species.
At Mediterraneo, we have a diverse collection of Reptiles, namely our Egyptian Tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni), Eastern Long-necked Turtle and Hermann’s Tortoises (Testudo hermanni), African Spurred Tortoises (Centrochelys sultata), Caspian Turtles (Mauremys caspica), Pond Sliders (Trachemys spp.), American Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi), Burmese Python (Python bivittatus), Tegus (Salvator sp.), Ball Python and Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps) among others.
We have 27 species of Reptiles under our care and within the same temperature controlled area, we also host 3 species of Amphibians, the Argentinian Horned Frog (Ceratophrys ornata), the Australian tree frog (Litoria caerulea) and the Cane Toad (Rhinella marina); and 3 species of Arachnids; the Chilean Rose Tarantula (Grammostola rosea), the Costa Rican Tiger Rump (Cyclosternum fasciatum) and the Mexican Redleg Tarantula (Brachypelma emilia).
Our Reptile Presentation is a fun and immersive way to learn about these wonderful cold-blooded creatures. Our Animal Carers explain to you facts about the way these animals live, the food they eat and interesting stories about their time at Mediterraneo.
During this Presentation, you will be exposed to a number of reptiles, namely snakes and lizards.
Our hands-on Reptile Interaction is all about getting to know our cold-blooded animals. You will be allowed to touch the animals and hold them.
During this activity you will also be able to take a photo with your new scaley friends and keep the memory of this exciting experience.
- Nearly all reptiles on the planet lay eggs.
- Reptiles do not breathe in water, they only breathe in air.
- Most reptiles are covered in scales and some even have a hard external plate, the carapace, commonly known as a shell. Some of them can even camouflage themselves.
- Today’s reptiles are thought to have evolved around 320 million years ago.
- Reptiles have much smaller brains than mammals in relation to their body size.