Thursday, April 20, 2017

London Zoo Part V: Reptile House

The last set of my photos from London Zoo (for the time being) come from its reptile house. Here is a king cobra, one of the largest venomous snakes.

A yellow-headed water monitor.

The Annam leaf turtle exhibit had a very interesting design, a stark presentation of some of the threats that this species is facing.

An Utila spiny-tailed iguana, another reptile critically endangered by hunting.

A collared tree lizard.

A Rio Fuerte beaded lizard, formerly considered a subspecies of the Mexican beaded lizard.

A Fiji banded iguana, a species with a lovely color palette.

Some Feae's flying frogs. I imagine they don't get to showcase the "flying" part much in this exhibit.

"Jeff Corwin can hear it, and so can Sir David Attenborough..."

A Philippine crocodile.

A puff adder (the original, not just any species of Bitis).

A Jamaican boa.

A gidgee skink, a sociable Australian lizard, as indicated by the accompanying sigaage.

The White's tree frog exhibit is decorated to reflect one of the habitats wild specimens are commonly found in.

A Sardinian brook salamander.

A black mamba, widely considered to be the fastest snake in the world.

10 comments:

  1. Did you see the Aardvark?
    They are in the Children's Zoo, having access to both indoor and outdoor enclosures.

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    1. I had to miss out on them, unfortunately. I hope to go again though; I'll try to see them then!

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    2. Lemme guess.
      The other people were too tired.

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    3. Haha! This trip didn't have any other people; I just ran out of time.

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  2. Tell me a list of animals you would want to see, I can tell you where to find them!

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    1. Thanks for the offer! Unfortunately, the animals I most want to see are very rare in captivity (e.g.: solenodons, hoatzin) or restricted to zoos in a single country (e.g.: platypus).

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  3. Do you want quetzals?

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    1. Oh yes, I'd quite like to see quetzals.

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  4. So there you are -- a list of the US quetzals!

    GOLDEN HEADED QUETZAL
    Houston Zoo
    Dallas World Aquarium
    Bronx Zoo
    RESPLENDENT QUETZAL
    Behind the scences at Dallas World Aquarium
    ZooMat
    CRESTED QUETZAL
    Dallas World Aquarium

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    1. Thanks! I've been to the Dallas World Aquarium and Bronx Zoo, but I must have missed them there! :o

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