Animals

At So. Cal Jungle we take great pride in our animals, and spend everyday caring for and interacting with them. We spend countless hours researching and learning about every animal we have. This close attention is assurance that our animals are well fed and non-aggressive when we show up for an event.

Spend a few minutes learning about our cast of animals and what you can expect to see at your event.

 

12' Albino Burmese Python

The Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus), is the largest subspecies of the Indian Python and one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, native to rain forest areas of Southeast Asia. They are often found near water and are sometimes semi-aquatic, but can also be found in trees. The albino form of the Burmese Python is especially popular and is the most widely available morph. They are white with patterns in butterscotch yellow and burnt orange.

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes, on average growing up to 18 ft and weighing up to 160 lbs. It continues to grow throughout life and the great length is due to the presence of a large number of vertebrae. Females are typically larger than males.

 

8’ Purple Reticulated Python

The Reticulated Python (Python reticulates) is a species of python found in Southeast Asia. Adults grow to a maximum of over 28 feet in length and are the world's longest snakes, but are not the most heavily built. Like all pythons, they are non-venomous constrictors and normally not considered dangerous to man.

An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out at sea and has consequently colonized many small islands within its range. The specific name is Latin meaning net-like, or reticulated, and is a reference to the complex color pattern.

 

3' Ball Python

The ball python (Python regius) is a good snake for a beginning snake owner. Growing to a maximum size of 3-5 feet, ball pythons are not as large as many of the other constricting snakes that are kept as pets, and are quite docile and easy to handle. A captive bred ball python usually flourishes given the proper care.

Ball pythons are so named because when threatened they roll themselves into a tight ball, tucking their head inside their coils. Young ball pythons grow about a foot a year for three years. They can live for a long time with proper care - up to about 50 years, although 20-30 appears to be more typical.

 

6' Red Tail Boa Constrictor

The Colombian Boa or Common Boa is found throughout a large range of South America. In addition to Columbia they are also found in Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Hogg Island, Venezuela, and more.

The Colombian Boa constrictor will grow to between six and nine feet, though they can reach up to 12 feet. The males are smaller than the females. This snake is robust, with a triangular head separated from the body by a thin neck. Their natural coloring is a pattern of elongated, saddle like, pale gray patches on a background of rich chocolate to almost chestnut brown. The sides are paler with dark brown, diamond shaped spots that have white centers. The undersides are yellowish, spotted with black. The chestnut brown coloring becomes progressively brighter until it is a brick red or pure red, which gives them their “Red Tailed Boa” name.

 

6" Savannah Monitor

The generic name Varanus is derived from the Arabic waral, which translates as "monitor" in English. The specific name exanthematicus is derived from two Greek words: Exanthema meaning 'eruption' and mata meaning 'idle'. French botanist and zoologist Louis Augustin Guillaume Bosc originally described this lizard as Lacerta exanthematicus in reference to the large oval scales on the back of the neck. the species is also known as Bosc's Monitor, since a French Scientist named Louis Bosc first described the species.

The Savannah monitor has powerful limbs for digging and climbing, strong jaws and blunt, peglike teeth. Maximum size is rarely more than 42 inches The monitor has a short box-like head and large dorsal and nuchal scales. Its short tail is round and stores fat as an energy reserve.

The Savannah monitor typically defends itself with its strong bite and powerful jaws. Its thick hide makes it immune to most animal bites and herpetoligist Robert Sprackland claims that the lizard is immune to most snake venom. When confronted by a snake or other large predator the monitor rolls onto its back and grasps a hind leg in its mouth forming a ring with its body and making itself harder for the animal to swallow whole.

 

3' Argentinian Black and White Tegu

The Argentine Black and White Tegu, (Tupinambis merianae), is the largest species of tegu. It belongs to the teiid family. It was long believed the scientific name Tupinambis teguixin referred to this species, but it is today used for the Gold Tegu.

Its life span is about fifteen to twenty years. This terrestrial species inhabits the tropical rain forests of East and Central South America. This species likes to make it’s home in dense foliage. They will forage for food, and consume as much as possible before going into hibernation in autumn. They also exhibit an unusually high level of intelligence among reptiles, along with a high level of physical activity during the wakeful period of the year.

The Argentine tegu reaches lengths of 3 to 4.5 feet at maturity. Males are much larger and heavier than females, and develop jowls as they mature. Hatchlings are bright green with black markings; the green fades to white within a couple of months.

 

Rose Hair Tarantula

The Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea), also known as the Chilean flame tarantula, is probably the most common species of tarantula available in pet stores today, due to the large number of wild caught specimens exported cheaply from their native Chile into the US pet trade. Rose tarantulas originate from the northern Atacama Desert region of Chile and live in the driest deserts on earth. Females have been known to live as long as 15-20 years.

The rose hair tarantula’s natural habitat is the desert and scrub regions of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. They do not burrow in their native habitat although they like to live in dry regions. They are usually active in the evening or night since they are nocturnal.

 

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

The Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa), also known as the hissing roach, is one of the largest species of cockroach, reaching 2–3 inches at maturity. They are from the island of Madagascar off the African coast, where they can be found in rotting logs.

Unlike most cockroaches, they are wingless. They are excellent climbers and can scale smooth glass. Males can be distinguished from females by their thicker, hairier antennae and the pronounced "horns" on the pronotum. As in some other wood roaches, the parents and offspring will commonly remain in close physical contact for extended periods of time. In captivity, these insects can live 5 years. They feed primarily on vegetable material.

The Madagascar cockroach has become a popular pet because of its hissing sound, large size, and appearance. Their nickname, "hissing cockroach", is due to their ability to force air through the breathing pores (spiracles) found on their abdomen. The Madagascar hissing cockroach is believed to be the only insect that can hiss in this exact manner, as most insects that make a "hissing" sound do so by rubbing together various body parts.

 

Sulcata Tortoise

The African Spurred Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata), also called the African Spur Thigh Tortoise or Sulcata Tortoise, inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in northern Africa. It is the third largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise (not found on an island).

The sulcata tortoise is native to the Sahara Desert and the Sahel, a transitional eco-region of semi-arid grasslands, savannas, and thorn shrub lands found in the countries of Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. In these arid regions the tortoise excavates burrows in the ground to find areas with higher moisture levels. It spends the hottest part of the day in these burrows. Burrows may average 30 inches in depth; some dig tunnel systems extending 10 feet or more underground.

The Sulcata is the third largest species of tortoise in the world after the Galapagos tortoise, and Aldabra Giant Tortoise; and the largest of the mainland tortoises. Adults are usually 18 inches in shell length, and weigh 70 to 100 pounds. Specimens with 24 to 36 inch long shells weighing 150 pounds are not unknown. They grow from hatchling size (2-3 inches) very quickly, reaching 6-10 inches within the first few years of their lives. The oldest known of this species was 56 years old although it is believed they can live up to about 80 years.

 
 
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