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Reticulated Python, Python reticulatus

These snakes vary in size, usually from 3 to 7 meters long but others growing up to 10 meters. Their sizes depend on their habitat and the alimentation they receive. They can weigh up to 80kg, but most of them are much smaller. They have a very complex colouring that enables them to blend into their surroundings and become virtually invisible to prey. They are a mix of olive green, black, white and a gold like shade of brown.   […]

Alligator Turtle, Macrochelys temminckii

Distribution: It’s limited to North America (Estados Unidos) and is found in the Mississippi Valley all the way to the North of Kansas. It’s also been discovered in rivers like the Suwannee and other rivers from Florida to eastern Texas.  Description: It’s a large turtle that can grow up to 75cm and weigh around 80kg. Specimens as heavy as 110kg have been documented. It has a large head and a tail the same length as its shell. They have very […]

Panther Chameleon, Furcifer pardalis

Description:  The incredible colours, in more than 25 varieties and their well known gentle character make these a suitable pet for both those starting out and those who are fascinated by this specie and wish to obtain new colours. The panther chameleon can grow up to 55cm but normally doesn’t grow larger than 45. Females are smaller, at around 30-35cm. It’s thought that the Rainbow variety otherwise known as Anstiranana or Diego Suarez, are the largest of the species. They […]

Dragon Komodo| Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park

Komodo Dragon, Varanus komodoensis

Varanus komodoensis (Komodo dragon). The first description of a Komodo Dragon was in 1912 and described them as “unusually large Veranus”. The first record of this species was made from a photograph and a skin sample. The Komodo Dragon or Veranus Komodoensis was classified as rare in 1986 and is currently classified as vulnerable by the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature). Of this saurian, no doubt a wonder of the natural world, there are around 6.000 examples […]

Red-footed Tortoise, Chelonoidis carbonaria

The Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) is a tortoise native to the tropical forests of South America (Guyana, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and some of the Caribbean islands).
The species has a dark carapace with yellow blurs in the middle of the scutes and on the border of the carapace. Although there might be many variations in colour, all Red-footed Tortoises have red or orange scales visible on their limbs, as well as their heads and tails. In some individuals, the carapace becomes indented on both sides giving them the illusion of having an hourglass waist. The males are usually slightly bigger than the females, with approximately 30,5cm in males and 29cm in females. They are sexually mature at a smaller size than this. Male Red-foots have a concave plastron, and their carapace is flatter than the females’ and the "hourglass" figure is much more developed in males than in females. Furthermore, the males tail is larger and wider than the females. No subspecies has been described so far, but due to the fact that the species’ range of distribution is wide, there is many different variants in size and colour.