Lizards

Meet Our Reptiles

Sam - Bearded Dragon

Sam(2013)'s teenage owner got bored with him and gave him to a friend. That friend looked after him for a year, without his mother knowing! However, when he was leaving for university, he had to own up; he couldn't take Sam with him, but his mother wouldn't allow him to sat, so he came to us. He settled in very quickly, and has become one of the stalwarts of our team. One of his favourite foods is rocket - the first beardie we've had that really does like his greens! He's written his own entry (with help) in our Handlers' Blog.

The term "bearded dragon" is most commonly used to describe the Central Bearded Dragon. Members of this genus live in the arid, rocky, semi-desert regions and dry open woodlands of Australia. They are adept climbers, spending time on branches and in bushes, even found on fence posts when living near human habitation. Pogona bask on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons. The species are found throughout Australia.

Cobalt - Blue-tongued Skink
Cobalt
joined us in 2014 and quickly became a favourite with the public. He's an extremely laid-back lizard with a penchant for strawberries (which we discovered when someone put their bowl down on the table at his first show). He's often to be found wandering around the table at shows, as we know he won't try to jump off - and if it's quiet enough you may hear him whistling!
 




Blue-tongued skinks comprise the Australasian genus Tiliqua, which contains some of the largest members of the skink family (Scincidae). They are commonly called blue-tongued lizards or simply blue-tongues in Australia. As suggested by these common names, a prominent characteristic of the genus is a large blue tongue that can be bared as a bluff-warning to potential enemies. Blue-tongued skinks are bred in captivity and sold as house pets.

Most species are diurnal, ground-foraging omnivores, feeding on a wide variety of insects, gastropods, flowers, fruits and berries. All are viviparous, with litter sizes ranging from one to four in the pygmy blue-tongue and shingleback from five to twenty four in the eastern and northern blue-tongues.

Saphira- Leopard Gecko
Saphira (2012) was a much-loved pet, but her owners needed to downsize. She's by far the calmest leopard gecko we've met and seems to do well with the public, but will probably not go to long shows.


 The leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularia) is a ground-dwelling lizard naturally found in the deserts of Asia and throughout Pakistan, to parts of northern India. Winter temperatures in these areas can be below 10 degrees Centigrade, forcing the animals underground into semi-hibernation, called brumation, living on fat reserves which are stored in their tails. Unlike most geckos, they possess moveable eyelids.

Leopard geckos feed on crickets, waxworms, mealworms and other insects, and pinky mice (although these have fatty livers). Calcium and vitamin D3 are also very important for their diet.

Slinky - Schneider's (Berber) Skink
Slinky was given up for rehoming as no longer wanted by his owners. His favourite pastime is riding Bruce, the Bearded Dragon, around their vivarium.



Binky - Schneider's (Berber) Skink
Binky was in a reptile shop when he lost his tail and became unsaleable. He's not yet ready for public handling but is "in training", and will come out once we're happy he won't run away! 

The Schneider's Skink (Eumeces schneideri), also know as the Berber Skink, has adapted to live and dig in the deserts and savannahs of North Africa and the Middle East, where it's hot and dry. Its body is long and tubular and it has smooth, shiny scales. The head is pointed and the neck is barely visible. Its legs are strong and well developed and its fingers are long. Ear openings are covered with three comb-like scales to prevent sand from entering the ear while borrowing. The lizard is a long, tubular skink with orange and yellow blotches with a solid yellow stripe running along the body. 

They grow to be about 16 inches (40 cm)  head to tail and may live up to 20 years in captivity.


Valentine and Galen  -  Tokay Geckos


Valentine and Galen came to us from a family who concluded that they were not suitable pets in a household with young children - and we agree. Like all Tokays, they are lightening fast and rarely seen with their mouths closed!





The Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) is a nocturnal arboreal gecko, ranging from northeast India and Bangladesh, throughout Southeast Asia, Philippines to Indonesia and western New Guinea. Its native habitat is rainforest trees and cliffs, and it also frequently adapts to rural human habitations, roaming walls and ceilings at night in search of insect prey.

It is the second largest Gecko species, attaining lengths of about 11-15 inches (30–40 cm) for males and 7-11 inches (20–30 cm) for females.They are distinctive in appearance, with a bluish or grayish body, sporting spots ranging from light yellow to bright red. The male is more brightly colored than the female. They have large eyes with a vertical slit pupil. Eyes are brown to greenish brown and can be orange or yellow.

Males are very territorial, and will attack anything else in their territory. They are solitary and only meet during the mating season. Females lay clutches of one or two hard shelled eggs which are guarded until they hatch. Tokay Geckos feed on insects and small vertebrates. The typical lifespan is 7–10 years, however in captivity some Tokays have been known to live over 18 years. Tokays are renowned for their loud vocalisations.



"The Boys" - Assorted house lizards


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