Slender-snouted Crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus)
Reptiles

Slender-snouted Crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus)

Chimpanzee Lookout

Area:
Central and West Africa
Status:
Critically Endangered
Quick Fact:

It is the only crocodilian species known for being able to climb as high as several meters into the limbs of trees fallen along streams.

Fiji Banded Iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus)
Reptiles

Fiji Banded Iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus)

Worlds Apart

Area:
Fijian Islands and Tonga
Status:
Endangered
Quick Fact:

The male is strikingly coloured, with light blue to white bands on a bright green background. Females are more uniformly green.

Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta)
Reptiles

Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta)

Worlds Apart

Area:
Haiti and Dominican Republic
Status:
Vulnerable
Quick Fact:

The Rhinoceros Iguana gets its name from its outgrowths, like horns, on the end of it's nose. These large, heavy bodied lizards are dusky- grey or olive green with dark cross bands that are often barely visible. They have three horny bumps on the snout, which are more pronounced in males. The average adult is 2 feet in length.

Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
Reptiles

Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)

Worlds Apart

Area:
Northern and South America
Status:
Not listed
Quick Fact:

Female green anacondas are almost five times heavier than males.

Their huge size can make it difficult for them to move on land, however, in water they can move with stealth and ease.

Giant Asian Pond Turtle (Heosemys grandis)
Reptiles

Giant Asian Pond Turtle (Heosemys grandis)

Rajang's Forest

Area:
South East Asia
Status:
Vulnerable
Quick Fact:

The giant Asian pond turtle is one of the largest hard-shelled, semi-aquatic turtles.

The most significant threat that the giant Asian pond turtle faces is the continued uncontrolled trade in freshwater turtles in south-east Asia, which is pushing them towards extinction.

Emerald Tree Monitor (Varanus prasinus)
Reptiles

Emerald Tree Monitor (Varanus prasinus)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
New Guinea (Indonesia & Papua New Guinea) and adjacent islands
Status:
Least Concern
Quick Fact:

Emerald tree monitors are the only monitor lizard with a prehensile tail, which allows them to be highly arboreal.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Reptiles

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)

Iguana Forest

Area:
South America
Status:
Least Concern
Quick Fact:

Like all iguanas, the green iguana has long toes, ending in long, sharp claws, which allow them to grip onto branches and also enables the females to burrow.

Yellow-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis denticulata)
Reptiles

Yellow-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis denticulata)

Iguana Forest

Area:
South America
Status:
Vulnerable
Quick Fact:

The yellow-footed tortoise is often mistaken for its red-footed counterpart as they are both large reptiles with attractive shells, however, yellow-footed tortoises are distinctive as their shell is more oval in shape, and tends to be wider and more rounded. The carapace is usually yellowish-brown with shades of dark brown on the edges of individual scutes.

African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)
Reptiles

African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)

Walking Giants

Area:
Africa
Status:
Endangered
Quick Fact:

The African spurred tortoise gets its name from the two or three large spurs on its legs. It is the largest mainland tortoise, reaching shell lengths of up to 88cm! These tortoises have very thick skin to help prevent them from losing too much moisture. This is important in such a hot, dry climate.

Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea)
Reptiles

Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea)

Walking Giants

Area:
Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Quick Fact:

The Aldabra giant tortoise is indeed a giant, with individuals reaching over one metre in length!

Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)
Reptiles

Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
Southern Asia
Status:
Vulnerable
Quick Fact:

We have one male and one female Burmese pythons housed in the Wilds of Asia exhibit.

The Burmese python are capable of reaching 23 feet or more in length and can weigh up to 200 pounds!

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
Reptiles

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)

Dragons of Komodo

Area:
Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, Gili Dasami and Flores
Status:
Endangered and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Quick Fact:

The Komodo dragon is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES; their number has declined in the wild due to the threat of widespread habitat loss, a loss of prey species and hunting.

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