We keep a small range of Reptiles on the park, a selection of animals that have either been aquired or donated and are housed in our Reptile Room.
Reptiles are cold blooded, which means they cannot generate their own heat like we can – they must absorb heat from their surroundings or the sun before they can become active.
We do not keep any venomous snakes – all of our snakes kill by constriction, which means they squeeze the breath out of their prey to kill it prior to eating it.
As well as snakes we keep several different types of Lizard. Some are brightly coloured and others have unusual bodies – they eat both fruit and vegetables as well as insects. The Snakes eat mice and rats. Snakes swallow their food whole, and have specially adapted jaws to enable this. They have stretchy ligaments in their jaw, enabling them to swallow food many times the size of their own head!
We also keep several Tortoises at the Park, who live in a couple of different enclosures in the park, they hibernate in the Winter so as it turns colder they may be taken inside, please ask a member of staff if you don’t see them, and they will let you know if they have had to go in.