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Ancient Reptile Ruins

Ancient Reptile Ruins

Overgrown and forgotten, this ancient Atlantean marketplace now provides a home to some of the most interesting reptiles on Earth! The abandoned storefronts come alive with snakes, lizards and dragons! Come and check out some of our newest reptile inhabitants:

Green Tree Python
Morelia viridis
The green tree python is a skilled and dangerous predator! Adapted to living up in the trees in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, these snakes sit and wait for small mammals and reptiles to wander close enough for them to strike. They lack venom and use constriction to kill their prey. Though they can grow up to six feet in length, the specimens in our Ancient Reptile Ruins are babies! Additionally, they do not yet have the green coloration that they will when they are adults; instead, they are bright yellow, red and orange!

Mangrove Monitor
Varanus indicus
Monitors are living dragons! Growing several feet in length, monitor lizards are all aggressive, intelligent predators. Mangrove monitors are beautiful specimens from Southeast Asia and one of the few monitor species that has been known to dive deep in saltwater to catch fish. They also feed on eggs of other reptiles and birds and hunt rodents, insects, and other small animals. They have even been known to feed on baby crocodiles!

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Solomon Island Skinks
Skinks represent one of the most diverse families of lizards with more than 1,500 described species. The skinks in our Ancient Reptile Ruins hail from the Solomon Islands, a biologically rich archipelago in Southeast Asia. Curious and surprisingly personable, these lizards explore their environment, searching for insects to feed on. Some are adapted to living in the trees, while others prefer life on the ground. Interestingly, the largest of all skinks, the monkey skink (Corucia zebrata), also comes from the Solomon Islands and is a total vegetarian!

 

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