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Axolotl Salamander

Axolotl Salamander - Reptiles

The Mexican axolotl (pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl) salamander has the rare trait of retaining its larval features throughout its adult life. This condition, called neoteny, means it keeps its tadpole-like dorsal fin, which runs almost the length of its body, and its feathery external gills, which protrude from the back of its wide head. They also have the ability to regenerate lost body parts.

Corn Snake

Corn Snake - Reptiles

This American snakes natural habitat is pine forests, rocky outcrops, grass lands and hills but they also commonly found in corn stores feeding on the rodents that are attracted to the corn, hence the name.  They come in a variety of colors but normal (Carolina) Corns are bright red/orange with black markings.

In captivity they can live for over 20 years growing in length to between 4 and 6 feet.  An active snake will eat around every 10 days but should be given killed prey.  If the snake is not hungry when live prey is introduced into the enclosure it may find itself becoming the meal!


Iguana - Reptiles

Though a very popular reptile pet in the United States Iguanas are hard to care for and most will die within the first year.  In Central America Iguana’s are often eaten and referred to as "Bamboo Chicken" or "Chicken of the tress".  The Green or Common Iguana are amongst the largest lizards in the Americas averaging around 2m (6.5 feet) in length and weighing 5kgs (11 pounds).  Despite there stout build they are fast and agile on land and if caught by their tail in a fight they can detached and grow another!