Tag Archives: Reptiles

African Ball Python

I just got an African Ball Python! I named him Slither and he was caught wild in Africa. He’s really pretty and loves to be handled. He also likes eating mice – he can’t seem to get enough of them! Some of my friends are afraid of him but they don’t need to be – he’s really tame and never bites. Right now he’s shedding his skin – that is so weird!

African Ball Python Facts

The Ball Python is one of the smallest of the African pythons. It is a constrictor which means it suffocates its prey.

Ball Pythons can live 20 to 30 years! The record is 47 years!

They don’t usually bite – instead they coil into a tight ball. They can really put the squeeze on you!

They can be found in west and central Africa.

Ball Pythons have heat sensing pits on their face between their nose and mouth.

They eat all kinds of small rodents and birds.

Pythons are nocturnal – during the day they hide in burrows made by other animals.  Then they ambush their prey.

Ball Pythons can get up to 5 feet long!

They have about 100 teeth that are curved inward so prey can’t escape. Then, they swallow it whole!

Because of their beautiful skin, ball python populations are declining.

Some people get boa constrictors and pythons confused. But pythons have one more bone in their heads and more teeth.

The biggest difference is that pythons lay eggs while boas give birth to live young.

Pythons are great swimmers and spend a lot of time in the water.

Snakes bask in the sun to regulate their temperature because they are cold blooded. Cold blooded means that their body temperature is the same as the air in its environment. If they get too hot or too cold, they can die.

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Geckos!

Geckos are awesome reptiles!  Just wait until you learn about the most disgusting defense mechanism ever! They can actually shoot poop to frighten predators! It would scare me! You can see my episode about Geckos by going to www.enzoology.com! Click on the “Geckos” episode to the right of the player.

Here’s some cool Gecko facts

Geckos are small to average sized lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae which are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in sounds they make, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.

There are 1,196 different species of geckos.

The name stems from the Indonesian/Javanese word gekok, which is the sound they make.

Most geckos have no eyelids and instead have a transparent membrane which they lick to clean. Many species will, in defense, expel a foul-smelling material and feces onto their aggressors.

Many species have specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth and vertical surfaces and even cross indoor ceilings with ease. These antics are well-known to people who live in warm regions of the world, where several species of geckos make their home inside human homes. These species (for example the house gecko) become part of the indoor menagerie and are seldom really discouraged because they feed on insects.

Geckos come in various colors and patterns. Some are subtly patterned, and somewhat rubbery looking, while others can be brightly colored. Some species can change color to blend in with their surroundings or with temperature differences.

The toes of the gecko have attracted a lot of attention, as they adhere to a wide variety of surfaces, without the use of liquids or surface tension.

The Fat Tailed Gecko smacks with his tail to frighten predators plus, they can bite.

Geckos eat lots of insects and sometimes fruit. They even change color in different seasons.

Fat tailed geckos can be found in West Africa.

This is a defense mechanism – predators think the tail is the head and when they grab it – it comes off and starts twitching on the ground. Then, the gecko takes off and runs to safety. Later the tail actually grows back!

They get to be about eight inches long and can live up to 20 years.

Geckos are active at night.