Reptiles

Shared home for snakes

Keepers have introduced a new mixed exhibit in the Reptile House as our three red-tailed green rat snakes are now living alongside two Borneo blood pythons in a newly renovated enclosure. Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “Both species come from Southeast Asia, so live in similar tropical conditions. “They’re also a great species to put Continue reading Shared home for snakes

New home for Nile monitors

Two female Nile monitors are settling into a new home in the Reptile House. The 12 year-olds have relocated to the large enclosure, adjacent to the West African Dwarf crocodiles, which keepers have revamped with a running waterfall, pool, heat lamps, large tropical foliage and a sandy cave. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Nile monitors Continue reading New home for Nile monitors

Throwback Thursday

We’re continuing our look back at DZG across the decades as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations. Today we’re turning back the clock to the 1950’s and the opening of the Reptile House. The building was opened in May 1956 by British ornithologist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, who founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Continue reading Throwback Thursday

Celebrating Aussie animals!

It’s Australia Day and we’ve got new species to include in this year’s celebrations! As well as the most well-known animals from Oz – kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras – we also house bearded dragons, chestnut teals, carpet pythons and this year’s newbies rainbow lorikeets and frilled lizards. Join us on our Antipodean trail….and why not Continue reading Celebrating Aussie animals!

Everyone counts!

Dudley Zoological Gardens has begun its annual census by counting every animal living on site. The yearly task is part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers having to tot up all mammals, invertebrates, birds, amphibians and reptiles in their care and with more than 1,500 animals on Continue reading Everyone counts!

Frilled lizards

Three new sibling frilled lizards are on show in the Reptile House. The female and her two brothers arrived from Drusillas Park in Sussex and have settled in to their newly revamped enclosure, which includes a mossy base, lots of large logs to climb over, green foliage and a pool. Curator Richard Brown, said: “The frilled Continue reading Frilled lizards

Cosy crocs!

DZG’s two West African dwarf crocodiles are set for a cosy winter after having a new insulated roof fitted on their enclosure.  Contractors replaced the panels over the two Reptile House pools to ensure more heat is kept indoors for Danzo and Candice. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “The work was carried out one enclosure Continue reading Cosy crocs!

Help enhance our enclosures

DZG keepers are hoping to enhance our reptile enclosures by appealing for artificial plants. Not only does the fake greenery look good for visitors, but they also provide enrichment for the likes of our snakes, lizards, iguanas, dragons and geckos by giving them additional places to explore. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, pictured above with Jane Continue reading Help enhance our enclosures