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Our Reptile House is home to an amazing variety of crucially important species of invertebrates

From many-legged millipedes to no-legged slugs and snails plus a good few insects species in between, our range of amazing invertebrates will keep you captivated. Come to one of our inspiring animal carer talks to find out which of our reptiles has more hairs than our largest mammal, Casper!

Giant African Land Snail

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Invertebrate

These gastropods take life at a gentle pace! They perform a vital role as one of nature’s recyclers.

Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Tarantula

Wildheart have two Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula, which came to us from the RSPCA rehoming centre

Mexican Red Knee Tarantula

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Tarantula

Wildheart have one male called Irwin (after Steve Irwin) and came to us from a local resident who could no longer look after him. 

Malagasy Hissing Cockroach

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Invertebrate

These insects are armoured little individuals which recycle leaf litter and other waste from the forest floor, making the nutrients accessible for further plant growth. They have an effective deterrent warning sound which sounds just like a snake’s hiss …come and listen!

Metallic Stick insect & Macleay’s spectre

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Invertebrates

Stick insects, leaf insects, giant lime green stick insects, crowned stick insects, Metallic stick insects & macleay’s spectre. Around the globe, insects are vital for pollination, recycling and as a food source and without them, life on Earth would crumble. Come and meet our vibrantly-coloured masters of disguise and be amazed at their beauty.

Zuri, Biter, Houdini &Hogan

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Royal Python

The Royal Python, is native to West and Central Africa, where it lives in grasslands, shrublands and open forests. This nonvenomous constrictor is the smallest of the African pythons, growing to a maximum length of 182 cm. Donated by private sponsors, Biter and Zuri are helping us to engage public interest and promote positivity and responsible pet care.

Mr. Hiss

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Corn Snake

Mr. Hiss is a Corn snake and sadly was an unwanted pet who came to us via a rescue centre. Along with our pythons, Mr Hiss helps our public engage with responsible pet care and ownership. Corn snakes are found in grassland areas throughout central and south-east America.

Missy

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Species: Madagascan Day Gecko

This tree-dwelling species lives in tropical areas and feeds on insects and nectar. This species is found in Madagascar and nearby islands.

Mika, Njala & Lucy

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Species: Standing’s Day Gecko

These sweet little animals communicate by body posture and a range of squeaks, clicks and croaks very similar to that of frogs. They are around 8-10 years old. This species is found only in south-west Madagascar.

Rocco & Matteo

rocco the tortoise

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Species: Spur-thighed Tortoise

Rocco is, according to the Animal Care Team, the fastest tortoise in the world! He is definitely in love with our female. Found in Greece & the Mediterranean.

Mossy Frog

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Mossy Frog

From Vietnam, this species has an adorable sound and is almost impossible to find when camouflaged amongst moss and stone.

White’s Tree Frog

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: White’s Tree Frog

This Australasian species of frog defies popular conception by living, as the name suggests, not in water but in trees.

Our Koi

fish

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Fish, Koi

We have a charming group of Koi here at the sanctuary including Flip, Flap & Flop! They were formerly pets and came to us from a private owner, thanks to generous corporate sponsorship which enabled us to build a new pond for them. Our shimmering water-babies really enjoy interacting with those members of our visiting public who choose to buy our specially formulated fish food with which to hand feed them.

Dark Fury & Light Fury

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Rankins Dragon

We have 2 sisters called Dark Fury & Light Fury, who came to us from Northumberland Zoo.

Jafar & Sial

reptile

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Leopard Gecko

We have 2, Jafar & Sial. Sial is a pink colour morph.

Two spot assassin bugs

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species:

Sun Beetle

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: