Reptile House

As flat as a pancake!

Two new pancake tortoises are settling into the Reptile House and they’re a brand new species for DZG! So-called because of their unique looking pancake flat shell, the breeding pair, who are native to Tanzania and Kenya have relocated from Bristol Zoo. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Pancake tortoises are classed as a vulnerable species in Continue reading As flat as a pancake!

A trio of hatchlings

Three gecko hatchlings born in DZG’s Reptile House have taken up residence down on the Farm. Two tiny Standing’s day geckos, born on August 7 and 10, and a tokay gecko which hatched on May 7 have just moved into a special hatchling area in the farm barn. Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton said: “The geckos Continue reading A trio of hatchlings

Rhino iguana, Jane, couldn’t wait to munch her favourite food when keepers delivered her daily breakfast. Keepers have discovered the seven year-old has a particular fondness for peppers and filmed her picking all the sweet tasting vegetables out of her food bowl to enjoy first. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Jane will always eat the Continue reading Picking peppers

Venomous reptile returns

We’ve welcomed back a venomous species to the Reptile House for the first time in 26 years. Two Mexican beaded lizards, one of just two venomous lizard species in the world, have joined the DZG collection, prompting extra safety measures for keepers. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, pictured above, said: “Their venom glands are located in Continue reading Venomous reptile returns

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

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