Reptiles in the Discovery Centre

From snakes who can eat whole leopards to lizards who can walk on water, discover some of the world's most amazing reptiles at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Green tree python

If you don't spot the green tree python straightaway then just look up - this snake curls around branches disguised as a bunch of unripe bananas! It eats lizards, birds and small mammals.

Green Tree Python at ZSL London Zoo


Yemen chameleon

Yemen chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) originate from Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, living in hilly, arid scrubland. They eat mainly insects and vegetation when insects are unavailable. Chameleons are well known for their ability to change colour which allows them to remain camouflaged in a variety of backgrounds. However, they change colour far more often in response to their emotions.

Baby chameleon at the discovery centre


West African Dwarf Crocodile

The dwarf crocodile is a slow, timid and mainly nocturnal reptile. The West African Dwarf Crocodile is actually the most armoured of all crocodiles to protect itself from predators. Adult dwarf crocodiles reach an average length of 1.5 metres, but the laregst recorded was nearly two metres long.

A West African dwarf crocodile at ZSL London Zoo, also known as a broad-nosed crocodile.


Utila Iguana at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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