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.