BEADY (Bearded Dragon)
These are really fun characters as they thrive on human contact and love the attention. They are real show offs. In the wild they live in the Australian desert and so are very robust creatures and are a real hit with children and adults alike.
BRUCE (White’s Tree Frog)
In the wild they live in the Australian rainforest – however due to the loss of their natural environment they are now found in residential areas. Also known as Dumpy Tree Frogs.
MARCEL (Panther Chameleon)
Apart from the ability to change colour, this character has eyes that can look up and down at the same time and a tail that can hold onto twigs – slow moving and cute.
Our cuddly chinchilla Pepper has a very laid-back personality and might just doze off on your knee. These soft-furred rodents live on the barren, rocky slopes of the Andes mountains of South America. They don’t burrow, but live in rock crevices or holes. Their dense, soft fur keeps them war and their hairless feet can grip rocky surfaces.
Eric and his girlfriend Erica (Horsefield Tortoises)
This species of tortoise can be found in the Russian Steppes and in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have tough front claws which enable them to burrow and climb, and have a life expectancy of around 80 years.
STEVE (Giant African Snail)
Our snail is just a youngster and is likely to live for around 9 years. As a hermaphrodite, Steve can be a boy AND a girl!
MORRIS (Giant African Millipede)
As its name suggests these can grow up to 1,000 legs! The children love to try counting them up and to see its “Mexican Wave” walk.
ESMERELDA (Hissing Cockroach)
These have a bad image, but once the children realise they don’t bite, are very clean little creatures and are completely safe to touch and handle they quickly become a favourite.
They really do look like sticks and will even wave just like a stick in the wind. These are fascinating creatures and are great examples of natural camouflage.
These are found all over the UK and are classified as lizards, they even look like snakes, because they have eyelids. They are a beautiful silver/gold colour and can be found in many parts of the UK under stones or logs in damp grass. They do not move very far – hence the word ‘slow’.
GABBY (Arizona Banded Gecko)
This is a real cutie – very placid and more than happy to be held. This delicate-looking lizard is actually capable of living in some of the most harsh environments including high desert plateaus. It can cast off its tail to escape from a predator and then grow a new one.
Boris is a real cutie, but don’t worry – if you don’t like spiders you don’t have to meet him! Boris is handled by the ranger only just in case he gets excited and has a nip, but the audience can see his impressive fangs close up.
Our lovely friendly rabbit is a bit of a looker. With big brown eyes like George Clooney’s and gorgeous soft fur he is irresistible to women!
Our lovely friendly lady lionhead rabbit is so soft and fluffy with a beautiful blonde ‘hairdo’. She loves to be stroked and cuddled and also enjoys being taken for a walk on her lead.
CRUSHER and MONTY (Royal Pythons)
Also known as a Ball Python, our two male Royal Pythons are very easy going and very relaxed about being held and stroked. These snakes are called Royal Pythons because some ancient rulers used to wear them as jewellery!
These great looking characters from Asia look just like dinosaurs – with frills and tails and the deep green of jungle foliage. These guys love a cuddle and will sit on your hand for ages. We have named them after those famous dragons in Game of Thrones.
BART and LISA (Crested Gecko)
These little characters are around 7cm long and are always very popular with children. They will cling to your hand with their tiny suckered feet.
MAISIE (Corn Snake)
These non-venomous snakes are native to North America and are a species of Rat Snake. They are inquisitive and quite fast-moving, so are great to watch when they explore their surroundings.
WALTER and STANLEY (Fire Bellied Toads)
Stanley and Walter are our Oriental fire bellied toads, which are native to southern and south eastern Asia. They have a brightly coloured underside which they display to warn predators that they are not good to eat!
TOFFEE (Guinea Pig)
Toffee loves nothing more than a cuddle – he’s such a softy and a great member of our animal family.
This young lady who wants to have a fat bottom (tail) – find out why when you meet her.
REMY and EMILE our Russian Blue Dumbo Eared Baby Rats
These are two real charactures – they do not bite or scratch and are interested in everything!! So much fun and not at all like wild rats.
TANGO and TANGLED (Corn Snakes)
The corn snake can be found in many parts of the United States and get their name from the fact they were often found in old fashioned corn stores where they hunted for mice and rats. They are harmless and ours are very relaxed about being handled – although they may try to sneak into your pocket!
KATE AND LEOPOLD (Bearded Dragons)
These two characters are such fun – everything is new and exciting to them and they seem to really enjoy our visits to schools.