|With the onset of the warmer weather the appetites of the reptiles increases accordingly. The Alligator in the picture normally feeds only during the months from October through to March, starting with one weekly feeding building up to four to five feeds per week at this time of the year. They do not feed over the Winter months||
These Inland Bearded and Water Dragons enjoy a plate of chopped dandelion
leaves, carrot and dog roll. This is supplementary to their main
diet of insects supplied e.g. locusts , silkworms etc. together with
wild ones such as cicadas, flies, wasps and even earthworms that venture
into their enclosure.
Fresh greens preferably weeds
such as dandelion, puha, oxtongue, clovers etc
are collected to feed this group of young Leopard Tortoises. Jake helps
to gather them into a group for feeding and also to have their numbers
and health checked.
This Coastal Bearded Dragon
has no hesitation in making a meal out of this locust. They have very
sharp eyes and can spot an insect moving many metres away.
during Spring hatch during the Summer months. New Zealand lizards
which [one species excepted] do not lay eggs generally produce live
babies at this
This two day old Madagascan
Day Gecko hatched from the eggs shown previously and is seeking shelter
from a handy bush until it feels more secure. Even at this age they
are capable of running very fast not only on the flat but up the walls
and even over the ceiling.
Just out of its egg this Star Tortoise is fully independant of its mother who may have possibly
laid two clutches of up to eight eggs each.
The mother of these twin baby
Auckland Green geckos did not lay her eggs but instead kept them inside her body and the babies developed there. She then gave birth to living babies rather than laying eggs. They are from two separate eggs so therefore are not identical and have individual patterns or can be just plain green.
Just like New Zealand lizardsJacksons Chameleons produce live babies though not always in Summer.
The litters can be very large in some cases in excess of 30 young which would indicate the survival rate would not be high. Even the adults such as this one apparently eyeing up the baby ahead cannot be trusted not to eat it.