Here at Dartmoor Zoo, we are incredibly lucky to house a wide variety snake, lizard, invertebrate and amphibian species, including:
- 6 different species of snake, including, California Kingsnake.
- 9 different species of lizard, including critically endangered: Tanzanian Electric Blue Geckos.
- 11 different species of invertebrates, including critically endangered: Black beauty stick insects.
- 3 different species of amphibians, including critically endangered: Axolotl.
- 1 Spur Thighed Tortoise.
We have been incredibly lucky to breed – endangered and critically endangered animals – this includes: Tanzanian Electric Blue Geckos, Yellow-headed Day Geckos, and Golden Mantella.
Your support will go towards -
- UV and heating equipment – For reptiles, providing appropriate temperatures and lighting is extremely important. Being ectothermic (cold-blooded) they rely on external temperatures to regulate their body temperatures. Aside from the need for a regular day-night cycle, some reptiles need specific kinds of light i.e. Ultraviolet Light. UV light is important in the production of vitamin D3, which is necessary for calcium metabolism and production.
- Substrates and furnishings for enclosures – Turning the enclosures into natural habitats. This will enable us to create more natural habitats and environments for our animals. Providing them with basking spots, areas to explore and creating beautiful, natural spaces for them to live in.