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 1:51:35 PM (CST) Monday, July 02, 2012

How Do Zoos Cater to Reptiles and Their Needs?

Best Zoos to Visit for Reptiles and Why

Going to a zoo can be a lot of fun for children and adults alike, especially if someone in your group is a big fan of reptiles! Many zoos today have whole houses and exhibits dedicated to reptiles of every shape and size. There are popular exhibits such as houses filled with snakes crawling through environments similar to the ones they would be found in naturally. Warm and filled with lush vegetation, these environments may seem exotic to many people in America who walk through and experience them. It is estimated that there are 8,240 species of reptiles throughout the world inhabiting every continent except for Antarctica. From Blue-tongues skinks and basilisks to boas, cobras, and pythons; if you’re looking for turtles and tortoises, lizards and snakes, crocodiles and alligators, or even tuatara, the United States is filled with exciting and informational exhibits in zoos across the nation. In a recent poll over 38% of responders voted the Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth Texas as having one of the best reptile exhibits, and it’s no wonder why. This zoo, along with the others mentioned here, go to great lengths to ensure that a reptile feels at home no matter where it is being exhibited.

For the top zoos in America such as the Fort Worth Zoo, care is taken at every turn in order to ensure that the environment the reptiles live in is reproduced to make it as similar to the environment the animal would be found in if they were still living in the wild. This includes climate controlled rooms that are typically warmer than most people are comfortable with due to reptiles’ ectothermic or “cold-blooded” nature. In addition to the temperature, the utmost care is taken to ensure that the fauna and vegetation surrounding the reptiles are derived from the same region as the reptile itself meaning that at a great zoo, you are likely to find a snake from Australia wrapping itself around some brush from their home region rather than vegetation from Latin America.

The most important condition that is reproduced with caution and care at reptile exhibits throughout the United States is the diet which is fed to the reptiles. Animal nutritionists are trained and employed at the top zoos in the country such as the Columbus Zoo, the San Diego Zoo, and the Bronx Zoo, making sure that each and every reptile’s diet is as close to what their diet in the wild would have been. Given that there are such a large variety of reptiles in a zoo at any given time, this means that an animal nutritionist has to be able to find a reliable provider of frozen rodents such as frozen quail, feeder chicks, and frozen mice depending on the species.

Rodent Pro is committed to making sure that the zoos it serves are equipped with the healthiest food possible for each reptile species. Our feeder mice and other frozen feeder rodents are filled with the nutrients that zoo reptiles need to keep them healthy, happy, and ready for you and your family to come visit them today.



 

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