Here are just a few of our Animal Friends who you may meet on our Safari:


CHINCHILLA
Chinchilla lanigera
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:      Chordata
Class:    Mammalia
Order:    Rodentia
Family:      Chinchillidae
Genus:    Chinchilla

In the Andes Mountains of Chile,
live these very soft rodents who
hate to get too hot because their
fur and inability to sweat keep
them so warm! Baby Fable is a
nervous little thing, but her favorite trick is taking a bath... in DUST!


MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACHES
Gromphadorhina portentosa
Kingdom:      Animalia
Phylum:       Arthropoda
Class:    Insecta
Order:    Blattodea
Family:   Blaberidae
Genus:    Gromphadorhina
Species:      Portentosa

Prince Edward and Princess Giselle
are 2 of my favorite Madagascar
Hissing Cockroaches. Madagascar is
an island country off the coast of Africa and these bugs are intimidating but harmless! In fact, if you are interested in purchasing a pet Hisser from Critters 2 Go, we do sell them. Whether you want your own or not, if you want to learn all kinds of crazy facts about these big, beautiful bugs check out The Cockroach Club!


RED-EARED SLIDER TURTLE
Trachemys scripta elegans
Kingdom:       Animalia
Phylum:        Chordata
Class:     Reptilia
Subclass:      Anapsida
Order:     Testudines
Family:        Emydidae
Genus:     Trachemys
Species:       T. scripta
Subspecies:    T. s. elegans

Captain Tortuga is our Southern Bell as RES Turtles are native to the Southern part of the United States.  However, they are adaptable and can be found as far as Asia and as close as ponds here around Utah.



RUSSIAN TORTOISE
Testudo horsfieldii
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:      Chordata
Class:   Reptilia
Order:   Testudines
Suborder:    Cryptodira
Family:   Testudinidae
Genus:   Testudo (disputed)
Species:     T. horsfieldii

Russian Tortoises aren't just from Russia.
Their native area covers the sparse desert
areas from Afghanistan to N.W. China,
through the countries of Russia, Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, and Pakistan!  They are threatened in the wild, but our buddy Bratanik enjoys his comfy life of weekly soaks, fresh salad, and never watching his back for predators or hunters.



LEOPARD GECKO
Eublepharis macularius
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:   Chordata
Class:   Reptilia
Order:   Squamata
Family:   Gekkonidae
Subfamily:   Eublepharinae
Genus:   Eublepharis
Species: E. macularius

Juno is not the normal coloring for
a Leopard Gecko so she doesn't look
much like a leopard at all, but,
like others, is a species
of terrestrial (running along the
ground rather than up walls... or
selling insurance.) geckos with
true eyelids! Juno is truly
beautiful, but super sweet as well.
She is very friendly
even with little children. Leopard
Geckos, like Juno, are native to the
deserts of Middle East places such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.


BEARDED DRAGON
Pogona vitticeps
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class:   Reptilia
Order:   Squamata
Suborder:   Lacertilia
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily:  Agaminae
Genus:   Pogona
Species:    P. vitticeps

Have you ever wanted a DRAGON to
come to your birthday party?!
Well, here is your chance. 
Stanley Yelnats is a dragon... a
Bearded Dragon that is!
Friendlier than little Spike (on My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic), funnier than Hiccup's pal, Toothless, Stanley is AWESOME!!!
Bearded Dragons come from the Bush in Australia and can grow to be 3 feet long! Stanley can't REALLY fly, but he is a great jumper if you dangle bugs above him. However, no matter what, sadly, Bearded Dragons don't breath fire.



HERMIT CRABS
Coenobita clypeatus
Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Order:   Decapoda
Infraorder:    Anomura
Superfamily:   Paguroidea
Family: Coenobitidae
Genus:   Coenobita
Species:   C. clypeatus

Any of our now TEN Crabby Crew
will be a lively visitor to your
class or party.  This species of
hermit crabs are commonly called "Purple Pinchers" but they are usually very friendly little guys!
They come from the Caribbean.  We have Archie McPhee, Mahanah, Fossil, Thing 1, Thing 2, Kirby W. Cleveland, Frog Princess, and Eenie Meany!

ORIENTAL FIRE-BELLIED TOADS
Bombina orientalis
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Amphibia
Order:Anura
Family:Bombinatoridae
Genus:Bombina
Species:B. orientalis

When is a toad, not
a toad? When it's
a Fire-Bellied
Toad! These amphibians of colorful tummies are not really in the toad family, so they should be called frogs, but their bumpy "warty" skin gives them this confusing name.
These fun little guys come from Korea and parts of China. Their bright bellies warn predators that they are a bit toxic, and definitely do not taste good! Well, Katniss, Gale, & Peeta don't have to worry. Nobody wants to eat them anyway (except maybe President Snow?).