Fun Facts

Green Iguana
Iguana iguana

  • These intimidating looking lizards only eat plants, fruits, leaves and flowers and sometimes insects.
  • They can leap down (or fall) 40-50 feet (12+ metres) without serious, or any real injury.
  • To attract a mate, mature males may turn orange during breeding season.
  • Iguana meat is a valuable source of protein; theoretically, farming iguanas could yield more meat per acre than cattle, while requiring only 70% of what a chicken consumes. Iguana eggs are also considered a delicacy in the tropics, coining the term "chicken of the tree."
  • The African dwarf crocodile spends more time on land than most other crocodilian species.
  • They are nocturnal and do their hunting at night.
  • Adults can reach a maximum of 6.2 feet in length.
  • The African Dwarf Crocodile, to make up for its small size, has an aggressive temperament and they are heavily “armored,” having bony plates in the neck, back, and tail scales.

African Dwarf Crocodiles
Osteolaemus tetraspis

Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor

  • Boa Constrictors are usually nocturnal and solitary, except during their mating period.
  • They give birth to live babies, which become independent within minutes.
  • Boas are considered primitive snakes because they still have some ancient features that have faded away in most snake species. That includes two functioning lungs (many snakes only use one lung, an adaptation to their elongated body shape) as well as remnants of legs known as "pelvic spurs."
  • Young boa constrictors hunt in trees, but move to the ground to hunt more when they get bigger.
  • Boa constrictors eat a wide range of prey, including birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. They can snatch birds and bats as they fly past. The bigger the snake, the bigger the prey it will attempt to catch. Larger boa constrictors may even take monkeys and deer.
  • The Asian water monitor is semi-aquatic species capable of occupying a wide range of habitats but always near water.
  • This monitor species is considered the world's 2nd heaviest lizard species losing only to the massive Komodo Dragon.
  • These lizards are often killed for their skins, meat and used in traditional medicine. They are often taken from the wild for the exotic pet trade.

Asian Water Monitor Varanus salvator

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