At EcoAdventures we have all kinds of animals – from cute and furry, scaly and toothy, to creepy and crawly. From tarantulas, millipedes, scorpions, to dragons, turtles, and crocs! Did you know we have over 100 animals including many that we rescued? Here are just a few of our many amazing creatures…
Walle is the largest of our American Alligators. Like many of our animals, Walle was taken in as a rescue. She was found up North in Lake Michigan(where it is too cold for alligators to survive). Our other gators include Prince Henry, Cleo, Lazurus, Else, Olaf, Eenie, Meenie, Minie & Moe!
There are two types of alligators in the world – the critically endangered Chinese alligator and the American Alligator which was saved from the brink of extinction and now thrives in swamps and wetlands of the southeastern United States. American alligators will grow to over 15 feet long and can live over 80 years.
4 Species of Crocodiles
EcoAdventures currently has 5 species of Crocodiles including:
“Proteus” a Saltwater Crocodile
“Jefe” a Morelet’s Crocodile
“Duvango” a Slender Snout Crocodile
“Crocky” an African Dwarf Crocodile
Our newest crocodilian addition is a Spectacle Caiman who was rescued nearby in Washington, D.C. Spectacle caimans get their name from the bony ridge between their eyes that makes this crocodilian look like it is wearing glasses. They are found in the wetlands and rivers of Central and South America and are a small to medium size crocodilian reaching lengths of 4 – 6ft. They feed on insects, crustaceans, mollusks, fish, amphibians, water birds and even mammals such as the wild pig.
Brazilian Short-Tailed Opossum
Brazilian Short-Tailed Opossums are marsupials with a prehensile tail that live mostly in rainforest environments in South America. They are omnivorous with a diet consisting of fruit, insects, frogs, and other small prey. Short-tailed opossums are nocturnal – they hunt at night with a great sense of smell and hearing, and sleep hidden in nests woven with leaves and bark during the day.
African Pigmy Hedgehog
These tiny prickly creatures are native to Africa. Hedgehogs get their name from the grunty pig-like sound they make when they are rooting around in the bushes for food. They protect themselves by rolling into a ball.
2 Reticulated Pythons
One of EcoAdventures’ star attractions is our 22 foot, 300 lb reticulated python – “Gigantor”, on display in our Rainforest. Our other reticulated python is an albino named, “Velveeta”.
Reticulated Pythons are the world’s longest snake and are named for their net-like complex color pattern. These giant snakes are found in South East Asia and are excellent climbers and swimmers.
“Honey” is a 12 foot long, 40 lb, albino Burmese Python. She is named for her yellow color and sweet disposition.
“Grilled Cheese” is a 6 foot long, dwarf albino Burmese Python. She loves to make appearances at Birthday Parties and events!
Burmese Pythons are among the largest snakes in the world, capable of reaching sizes over 23 feet long and weighing more than 200 lbs. Burmese Pythons are native to the jungles and grassy marshes of South East Asia.
EcoAdventures is home to 4 Ball Pythons – “Brownie”, “Ka”, “Ace”, & “Donut”.
Ball pythons are named after their defensive mechanism of rolling themselves into a ball with their head tucked in the middle when they feel threatened. Ball pythons’ natural habitat is the dry grasslands of West Africa. These small pythons average 3 – 6 feet in length when fully grown and can live about 25 years in captivity. They are constrictors that prey mostly on rodents with 100 – 150 razor sharp teeth that curve towards the back of their mouth. Ball pythons are also known as “Royal Pythons” because rulers in Africa (such as Cleopatra) would wear these serpents as jewelry.
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Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor
Red tail boas are a large, heavy-bodied snake commonly found in the tropical rainforests of South America. They are constrictors preying on rodents, birds, bats, amphibians, lizards and even the occasional ocelot. Boas give birth to live young.
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Brooks King Snake
“Stormy” is a chain king snake. Chain king snakes are native to much of the United States, including Maryland. These constrictors are known for their smooth, shiny scales and get their name from their ability to eat other snakes – even venomous snakes such as the rattlesnake and copperhead.
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Black Rat Snake
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Corn snakes like our “Mango” are a North American species of rat snake. These snakes are beneficial to humans because they help control populations of rodents that damage crops and spread disease.
Blue-tongued skinks have smooth overlapping scales, can reach an average of 1 1/2 feet in length and have a lifespan of about 20 years. They are naturally found around the woodlands, forests, and even the more arid lands of Australia. These lizards get their name from their bright blue tongues which they will stick out when threatened along with a loud “hiss”. Although the blue-tongued skink has small undefined teeth, they are capable of a powerful bite. If they are grabbed from behind, these skinks can shed their tail to make a hasty get away and will eventually regrow their tails.
Eastern Tiger Salamander
Eastern Tiger Salamanders are thick-bodied amphibians living throughout most of the United States. They get their name from the tiger-like stripes on their body and are the largest land dwelling salamander on Earth, reaching lengths up to 14″. Tiger salamanders live in deep burrows under the ground near ponds, lakes and slow moving streams. They emerge at night to feed on worms, insects, and frogs. Tiger salamanders live an average of 10-15 years in the wild.
Red Eyed Tree Frog
Red eyed tree frogs, found in the rainforests of Central America, sleep during the day stuck to leaf bottoms. When disturbed, these amphibians flash their bright red eyes, orange feet, and blue sides to startle predators momentarily, giving them a chance to jump to safety.
More animal photos and info coming soon!