Here are just a few of our Animal Friends who you may meet on our Safari:
Class: Mammalia Order: Rodentia
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
Class: Insecta Order: Blattodea Family: Blaberidae Genus: Gromphadorhina
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
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.
Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines
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.
Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Family: Gekkonidae
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.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata
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!
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.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Crustacea Order: Decapoda
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
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
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?).