The UKs first reptile zoo. Currently under construction in North Yorkshire. Dedicated to reptile conservation. Home of the world’s largest reptile!
Fly River or Pig-Nosed Turtles are an amazing species of turtle! Looking more like a sea turtle than freshwater turtle, they spend their entire lives in the water, with females only venturing on to land for 30 minutes a year to lay their eggs. During the nesting season, females with form groups of up to 20 and together they will search for a suitable nest site. Females have to time their nesting perfectly in Australia with the onset of the wet season. Eggs laid will take around 70 days to fully develop. If the rains haven’t arrived by this time they will wait it out in their egg, using up their yolk for survival. When the rains come, the nests are flooded and oxygen levels outside the egg will drop to zero. This change stimulates all the eggs to hatch out at the same time and tens of thousands of tiny Fly River Turtles will emerge out of their eggs and directly into the river systems! Fly River Turtles are omnivores and ours love bananas, figs and strawberries.
Check out this Alligator’s foot! Regular health checks are an important part of making sure all the reptiles are fit and healthy. We’re looking for sores and cuts that could lead to infection - this Alligator’s feet were all perfect! ✋🐊 #reptilesofinstagram #reptileworld #alligator #americanalligator #alligatorsofinstagram #healthcheck #crockeeper
A massive thank you to @markshaw1967 for this amazing sketch he has drawn of one of our biggest crocodiles. When you look up close the detail is crazy, you might think it was a photo! Mark is a very talented artist and for anyone interested in natural history art you should check him out. We’re really excited to see some of the other pieces Mark is working on for the zoo! #crocodiles #crocodilesofinstagram #art #crocodileart #paleoart #naturalhistory #naturalhistoryillustration #nature #naturephotography #natureillustrationart
This baby Water Monitor thinks he is invisible. Water Monitors are the second largest lizard in the world, after the Komodo Dragon and can grow to three metres long! Ours is just a baby at less than 30cm and in the wild would be eaten by just about anything, including fish, frogs, birds and other lizards. This is why they have to be masters of camouflage at such a young age. 🐟🐸🦉🦎🦖 #reptiles #tinylizard #reptileworld #reptilesofinstagram #watermonitor #monitorsofinstagram #varanussalvator #babydinosaur #hidden #youllneverfindme
Not only are we home to the world’s largest reptile but also the smallest! This amazing little lizard is known as Sphaerodactylus ariasae and is fully grown at 16mm. Due to its tiny size it was only discovered in 2001. It is only found on one small island called Beata in the Dominican Republic. Because of its relatively large surface area compared to its volume it is at constant risk of death through evaporation. Ours is kept at almost 100% humidity, which is checked at least three times a day. 🔬🔎🐜🦎 #reptiles #reptileworld #reptilesofinstagram #tinylizard #tinyanimals #sphaerodactylus #gecko #geckosofinstagram
Well the first eggs of the year have been laid and it’s by the giant Common Snapping Turtles. These are kept in an outdoor enclosure almost year round. The longer days and higher temperatures have stimulated them to breed and baby snappers could be hatching out very soon! 🥚🐢 #reptiles #reptileworld #reptilesofinstagram #reptileworld #snappingturtle #snappingturtles #turtle #turtlesofinstagram #babyturtle
It might be only 12 degrees and windy today but the sun is shining and some of the reptiles have ventured out into their outdoor quarters for the first time this year. Jo here is a Nile Monitor and at almost 2 meters long she is one of our largest lizards! 🦎🦖☀️ #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #reptileworld #nilemonitor #nilemonitorlizard #nilemonitorsofinstagram #reptilezoo
The Alligator move went extremely well! All the Alligators are now enjoying their new, more spacious behind the scenes quarters! 🏡🏝🐊 #reptiles #crocodilesofinstagram #whatsinthebox #reptileworld #reptilesofinstagram #americanalligator #americanalligators #alligator #alligators #newhome
Throwback to this time last year when Big Al, our giant Common Snapping Turtle awoke earlier from his winter hibernation to find that snow was still covering the ground. Believe it or not, Common Snappers are incredibly tough and can even survive under ice. They slow their heart rate down to less than one beat per minute and are able to utilise oxygen in the water, just like a fish!
Daisy, our largest American Alligator could once fit in the palm of a hand. Just four years on and she’s now over two meters long and weighs as much as an adult man!