Thomas and I took a trip to Reptilia, a reptile zoo in Vaughn, Ontario, just yesterday. There, we saw many reptiles we hadn’t seen before (even some that I hadn’t known existed).
Of course there were a tonne of snakes in the reptile zoo, many which would be kept as pets by reptile-owners. They had snakes from the common corn snake,
to the much less common-as-a-pet amethystine, or scrub python. Thomas and I both loved the look of the scrub python. Scrub pythons have an incredible sheer to their skin which makes them look very colourful. You can see it a bit in the background of the picture below, but unfortunately, I was unable to take a picture that revealed how beautiful the skin is in person.
Thomas’ favourite snake was the puff adder (shown below). He loves the way it’s face (as he puts it) sort of flattens into a pancake shape. There were a couple of other smoosh-faced snakes, and those he seemed to like, too.
One of the ones he really didn’t like the look of was the black mamba. The black mamba is a very aggressive snake and is known to be one of the most venomous land-snakes on earth, so I suppose it’s a good thing he’s not a huge fan.
One of my favourite snakes that we saw was the king cobra. Although I’m aware that cobras are dangerous and venomous, I absolutely love the scales on this cobra. He practically looks like he’s made out of stone!
I love the eastern diamondback rattlesnake for nearly the same reason: his scales look so beautiful. That being said, this type of snake was definitely my favourite from the day, mostly because of the way eastern diamondback rattlesnakes’ faces look.
They just look so mad and grumpy, yet in an endearing sort of way.
There were a bunch of lizards at the reptile zoo. From the sailfin lizard,
to these green iguanas,
and this adorable Argentine black-and-white tegu,
to monitor lizards, like this Asian water monitor,
and this Nile monitor.
There were also quite a few turtles and tortoises. These were my favourites: the red-footed tortoises.
There were amazing looking frogs, like this green-and-black poison dart frog.
And of course, they had astounding alligators, like this American alligator here.
Oooh, what a lot of reptiles! Miss Havana, were you disappointed that you didn’t get to go visit too? I hope your mom and dad showed you all the photos! Miss Elise, if you would like to visit our bloggie, we have given you an award!
Jackie and Mom
Thank you for the award, Jackie. 🙂
That is a great looking head. And yes, it is deenaitfly shaped into a tight diamond. That cottonmouth looked fierce to me. I actually picked it up and it bend its head in an eerie way, until I dropped it. I generally don’t handle poisonous snakes. I’ve done it in the past, but really there isn’t a reason to and I don’t feel the need to show off’. But that snake sure had an intensity to it. Although all it wanted to do was get away.
Jan Griffiths says
Nice enclosures at that zoo. I don’t care too much for the mamba either. We have Western Diamondback Rattlers where I live (Northern Arizona, near Prescott). I have seen several since living here. We also have Cal kings, little ground snakes, night snakes, and gopher (bull) snakes. I do have a gopher snake as well as my Ball Pythons. I caught her on our property a few years ago.