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Hyper and Sonic
African Pygmy Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)
Range and Habitat - Widespread in Central, West and East Africa, African pygmy hedgehogs inhabit savanna and grassy areas.
Diet - In the wild their diet is varied, consisting of plant matter, invertebrates and small vertebrates.
Lifespan - Up to 3 years in the wild, and up to 9-10 years in captivity.
Did you know? - Hedgehogs are born with most of their quills already present!
Banded Archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix)
Range and Habitat – Banned archerfish can be found in murky mangroves, waterways and streams around India, northern Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Diet – Insects, spiders and plant matter.
Lifespan - Around 2 years in the wild, and up to 5-10 years in captivity.
Did you know? - Banded archerfish are talented hunters! Shooting a powerful water jet into the foliage above, they knock unsuspecting insects into the water. It is thought that a banded archerfish can reach its prey within 50 milliseconds of it falling into the water!
Bertie and Lizzie
Bearded Dragon (Pogona)
Range and Habitat – Bearded dragons are found throughout much of Australia in a wide range of habitats such as deserts, shrub lands and eucalyptus woodlands.
Diet – Bearded dragons are omnivores that feed on vegetation, invertebrates and small vertebrates.
Lifespan - 10-15 years in captivity.
Did you know? – To escape from predators, bearded dragons can run on their hind legs.
Burmese Python (Python bivittatus)
Range and Habitat - Burmese pythons inhabit forest and wet rocky areas throughout southeast Asia. The species has also been introduced in Florida, where they are blamed for the decline of mammal sightings in the Everglades National Park.
Diet – Small mammals and birds.
Lifespan – 20 - 25 years.
Did you know? – Burmese pythons are known to grow as wide as a telephone pole.
Caiman Lizard (Dracaena Guianensis)
Range and Habitat - The caiman lizard can be found within swampland and bayous areas of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Diet - Their diet consists mainly of snails, insects, crabs and sometimes even turtles.
Lifespan - 8-12 years in captivity
Did you know? During the 1970’s this species was hunted heavily for the use of their skin to make leather products.
Chilean Rose Tarantula (Grammostola rosea)
Range and Habitat – Shrubland and desert through Northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina.
Diet – Insects or invertebrates.
Lifespan – Males 5 years; Females 20 years
Did you know? – When threatened Chilean rose tarantulas will flick ichy hairs from its abdomen.
Casper and Lumpkinella
Corn Snakes (Pantherophis guttatus)
Range and Habitat – Corn snakes are endemic to eastern and southeastern United States. They inhabit a wide range of environments including forests, rocky grassland and abandoned buildings.
Diet – Small rodents, reptiles, amphibians and bird eggs.
Lifespan – A corn snake’s average lifespan is 10 to 15 years
Did you know? – Scales on a snake's belly helps them to climb by creating friction from grabbing onto tiny surface imperfections!
Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus)
Range and Habitat - Endemic to forests of Province Sud, New Caledonia.
Diet – The crested gecko is nocturnal, foraging at night in the canopy for insects and fruit.
Lifespan – They are estimated to live 15-20 years
Did you know? – The species was thought to be extinct up until 1994.
Dumerils Boa (Acrantophis dumerili)
Range and Habitat - Dumeril's boas are endemic to Madagascar, here they can be found in dry forests, villages and even in thorn bushes on low ground. In the central highland regions of Madagascar these snakes can even inhabit savannas.
Diet - In the wild these serpents will eat just about anything that they can find - including mammals, birds and lizards.
Lifespan – 16 - 20 years in captivity
Did you know? – Juveniles Dumeril's boas are nocturnal, however adults are cathemeral (meaning that they are irregularly active at any time of night or day).
Egyptian Locust (Anacridium aegyptium)
Range and Habitat – Found in gardens and shrubland across Mediterranean Europe, North Africa and southwest Asia.
Diet – Leaves and plants.
Did you know? – Egyptian locust are a solitary species.
Flat Rock Scorpion (Hadogenes troglodytes)
Range and Habitat – Native to the dry sub-tropical woodlands of South Africa.
Diet – Insects
Lifespan – Up to 30 years.
Did you know? – Their unique body shape allows this species to reside in narrow gaps in rock piles.
Garra Rufa (Garra rufa)
Range and Habitat – Garra rufa are native to Turkey and parts of the Middle East. They inhabit a range of flowing freshwater habitats.
Diet – Algae, phytoplanktons and zooplanktons.
Lifespan – 6-7 years.
Did you know? – Garra rufa are also known as doctor fish and have been introduced into spa treatments to eat dead skin – yuck!
Giant African Snail (Achatina Fulica)
Range and Habitat - The giant African snail is native to East Africa, they can be traced back to Kenya and Tanzania. Found on the rainforest floor in low light, soil and rotten leaf litter.
Diet - In the wild: leaf litter on forest floor. Domestic food: Cucumber, carrot, lettuce, cabbage
Lifespan – Up to 10 years
Did you know? – Giant African land snails can lay up to 200 eggs 5-6 times a year.
Giant African Train Millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas)
Range and Habitat - African train millipedes can be found in the rainforests of western Africa. They live on the forest floor among rotting leaf litter and under stones.
Diet - Natural habitat diet includes decaying plant and animal matter.
Did you know? – Although milli means 1000, the millipede does not have that many legs. The number of legs range from 36-400 legs.
New Guinea Spiny Stick Insect (Eurycantha calcarata)
Range and Habitat – Distributed in Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands, the New Guinea spiny stick insect can be found amongst leaf litter on the rainforest floor.
Diet – Berries, leaves and plant matter.
Lifespan – 2 years.
Did you know? – Males have large thorns on their legs to help them to defend themselves.
Spud and Toby
Horsfield Tortoise (Testudo Horsefieldii)
Range and Habitat – Located in Asia, Russia and the Middle East, the Horsfield Tortoise lives in dry areas such as deserts.
Diet – Horsfield tortoises are herbivorous, who like to eat weeds and flowers.
Lifespan – 60+ years!
Did you know? – In the wild the Horsfield tortoise hibernates for 9 months of the year, emerging only from March to June.
Indian Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria regalis)
Range and Habitat - Indian ornamental tarantulas are native to India and can be found in the Western and Eastern Ghats.
Diet - Small insects, like beetles and flies.
Lifespan - Males approximately 3 years, females approximately 10-15 years.
Did you know? - An adult Tarantula usually only moult once or twice a year.
Indian Stick Insect (Carausius morosus)
Range and Habitat - Indian stick insects live in the Tropical forests of southern India.
Diet - In the wild: understory leaves. Domestic food: Privet hedge and bramble leaves.
Lifespan – 1 year
Did you know? – There are around 600 species of stick insect.
Leafcutter Ants (Atta cephalotes)
Range and Habitat - The most widely distributed of all leafcutter ant species, they can be found widely across the forest floor in tropical central and southern America, from Mexico to Bolivia.
Diet - The leaves which the ants collect contain poisons, so once cut and brought back to the nest specialised workers then tend to these leaf fragments. They encourage growth of a fungus, and this fungus is what the ants feed on.
Lifespan – Worker – 1 to 2 yrs, Queen – 15 to 20 yrs.
Did you know? – ? Leaf cutter ants are ‘ecosystem engineers’ – a term used to describe species that have such an impact on their surroundings that they can actually alter the ecosystem within it.
Prince and Leo
Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)
Range and Habitat - The leopard gecko can be found in rocky deserts and grassland of South Asia, in parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and some northern parts of India.
Diet - In the wild, they feed on a variety of live prey such as small lizards, insects, spiders, and even scorpions.
Lifespan - Anywhere from 6 to 20 years, depending on their environment and circumstances.
Did you know? - Leopard geckos shed their skin approximately every month, and when they finish they eat their old skin!
Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)
Range and Habitat - This particular species of chameleon is found in Eastern and Northern regions of the tropical Island, Madagascar.
Diet - Small insects.
Lifespan - Typically around 5 - 7 years.
Did you know? - The name chameleon comes from the Greek ‘khamaileon’. Khamai is translated to mean ‘on the ground’, and leon translates to ‘lion’.
Thelma and Louise
Range and Habitat - Rats are very adaptable creatures! They can be found around cities and in rural areas.
Diet – In the wild: Insects, vegetables, berries, refuse thrown out by humans – rats possess a very tough stomach. Domestic food: Rat food from pet shops, fruit and vegetables, insects, food scraps
Lifespan – Up to 4 years.
Did you know? A rats almost hairless tail, ears and the underside of their feet also work as the rat’s cooling mechanism with blood vessels dilating and reducing the animal’s temperature.
Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps)
Range and Habitat - Sugar gliders are native to parts of Northern and Western Australia, as well as some of the nearby islands, such as New Guinea, Indonesia, and the islands surrounding there.
Diet - Sugar gliders will eat a vast array of different foods, based on what is around them. During summer they love to feed on small insects that stray too close. In the winter, they primarily like to feed on the sap and gum of the trees and plants around them.
Lifespan - Between 8-12 years.
Did you know? - The membrane between a sugar gliders limbs, the one that gives them the ability to glide, is known as a patagium.
Pedro, Yaari & Rosie
White’s Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea)
Range and Habitat - This is a species of tree frog native to Australia and New Guinea, with introduced populations in the United States and New Zealand. They live in areas sheltered by trees but are known to also inhabit swamps and grassland.
Diet - The White’s tree frog’s diet consists of insects, spiders, other amphibians and small mammals.
Lifespan - 16 years in captivity.
Did you know? - This frog gets the name ‘white’s tree frog’ from the man who originally scientifically described it first, John White!