Dominating the earth for a seemingly interminable 312 million years, reptiles are truly prehistoric beasts. They are cold blooded, which means they rely on external sources to warm their bodies. Of the ten thousand or so extant species, we keep an ever-growing amount. At present, 10 of Europe’s most iconic are housed by us; from giants such as the eyed lizard to the ageless European pond turtle.
Western green lizard
An emerald jewel in Europe’s herpetological crown, the western green lizard is fairly widespread, despite suffering declines in parts of it’s range.
Common lizards live within the Artic circle making them the most northerly occurring terrestrial reptiles.
An iconic example of a now thriving reintroduction, sand lizards were once endangered in Britain. Yet, they remain the rarest lizard in the UK.
This is Europe’s largest mainland lacertid lizard, growing up to an impressive 90 centimetres in length. Their name derives from the blue and black pattern on their back and flanks.
Common wall lizard
Mainland Europe’s most common reptile and a recent introduction to Britain, common wall lizards are a fascinatingly adaptable species.
Neither a snake nor a worm – but a legless lizard! Native and resident to much of Britain and Europe.
Barred grass snake
The Barred grass snake’s scientific name originates from the word ‘natare’ meaning to swim, which gives an apt description of this semi-aquatic snake.
Growing up to 1.8 metres, this is one of Europe’s largest snake species which was worshipped by the Romans for its ‘immortality’.
European pond turtle
The most northerly occurring turtle in the world, European pond turtles are threatened by hazards such as habitat destruction, road collisions and invasive species.
Interested in which animals we have available?
We do allow for a portion of our own-bred stock to be sold to budding owners. Please contact us and ask for a species list.