Animal Ambassadors

The Reptile Academy is home to around 30 animals across 20 species of snake, lizard, monitor, amphibian and invertebrate. Each of our animals have a unique story and form an integral part of our reptile and amphibian education programmes. Find out more about just some of our animal ambassadors below. 

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Monte

Burmese python

Python bivittatus

Burmese pythons are the fourth largest species of snake in the world, and Monte does not disappoint. At 14ft, Monte weighs in at over 30kg, but is puppy-dog tame. As one of our oldest animal ambassadors, a special place is reserved for Monte at the heart of The Reptile Academy.

Special unexpected skill

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Salvador

Giant Black and White Argentine Tegu

Salvator merianae

Salvador joined The Reptile Academy a few years ago from the RSPCA, Brighton. A survivor of MBD as a result of poor husbandry, Salvador helps us to educate people about the advanced care requirements of reptiles, what can go wrong, and how veterinary intervention is vital for individuals to bounce back.

Favourite food

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Superbia

Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Epicrates cenchria

Superbia's name comes from the Latin word for Pride. A Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Superbia is one of the most stunning animals at The Reptile Academy, displaying a vivid array of colours.

Special Adaptation

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Elizardbeth

Madagascan Giant Day Gecko

Phelsuma grandis

Elizardbeth is all about boundaries, and helps us to teach prospective reptile and amphibian keepers that not all animals are suitable for handling. She is confident, observant and readily hand feeds, but dislikes physical contact.

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Mooncake, The Lord Commander & Kevin

White's Tree Frogs

Litoria caerulea

Named after the main characters in Final Space, Mooncake, Kevin and TLC are our trio of White's Tree frogs. These are a highly popular species of frog that show intelligence traits that most amphibians do not, including social behaviours, food training behaviours with keepers and a tendency to return to their own enclosure.

Skills

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Beau

Common Boa Constrictor

Boa constrictor imperator

Many snakes that are constrictors are often mistaken for Boa constrictors. However, these are their own species and not as infamous as many believe. Boa constrictors are popular as pets and in the wild they have important ecological roles. 

Special Adaptation

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Mick & Sue

Australian Ackie Monitor Lizards

Varanus acanthurus

Mick and Sue, aptly named after characters in the film Crocodile Dundee, are our pair of Ackie monitors. Inquisitive, intelligent and highly interactive, Ackie monitors readily approach  their keepers and become well accustomed to handling.

Favourite activity

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Chaos & Inferno

Marine Toads (Cane Toads)

Rhinella marina

Named after their furtive appearance and biodiversity impact as an invasive species and failed method of biological control, Chaos and Inferno are large bodied marine toads resident at The Reptile Academy. 

Defence mechanism

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Bully

Giant African Bullfrog

Pyxicephalus adspersus

Bully is a resident Giant African Bullfrog at The Reptile Academy, and just like all others of his species, can only be described as a mouth on a stomach. GABs are voracious carnivores and possess three, extremely sharp, teeth-like odontodes.

Favourite hobby

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Zilla

Green Iguana

Iguana iguana

Zilla is an axanthic (meaning without yellow pigment) Green iguana, appearing bright blue. Whilst herbivorous, Iguanas are equipped with a powerful whip-like tail, razor sharp claws and an extendable dewlap to ward off threats.

Special skill

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Trinket & Nugget

Golden Tree Frogs

Polypedates leucomystax

Highly vocal and responsive, golden tree frogs help us showcase the immense biodiversity of reptiles and amphibians. Communicating by a series of chirps, croaks and squeaks, Trinket and Nugget make you feel like you are immersed in a rainforest environment.

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