Albino Burmese Python

Albino Burmese Python

This is an albino Burmese Python female (Python bivittatus). She was hand-picked to be part of our reptile educational programs, as an ambassador of her species. She is currently looking for a sponsor ($250 annually), to give her a name. The normal patterns on Burmese python shows brown blotches, bordered in black down the back, however there are several deviations from the normal pattern – amelanisitic, or lacking the black pigment melanin, with the pattern of yellow and orange. Being of the constrictor family, Burmese pythons do not have fangs – instead they have rear-pointing teeth, and...

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Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragons

This male bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) came to us with several others from a facility that had to close down its breeding program. Because his tail had been injured by the other dragons, he was unlikely to be adopted out and we happily accepted him.           These two arrived with our other dragon to be part of our educational program. They are healthy and enjoy the interaction with our visitors and volunteer staff.   The most common of the Pogona family is the Central Bearded (P. vitticeps) but there are several members of this family: Pogona barbata-...

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Kitty – Leopard Tortiose

Kitty – Leopard Tortiose

This is Kitty, a Leopard Tortoise.  She was born in 2000. The Leopard Tortoise is the fourth largest tortoise in the world. Its carapace is high and domed, sometimes with pyramid shaped scutes. Juveniles and young adults are attractively marked, with each individual having unique markings. As the tortoise matures, the markings tend to fade to a nondescript brown or grey. Like most tortoises, they retract their head and feet into their shell when threatened. Also like all tortoises and turtles, their mouth is a “beak.” The rear legs are very trunk-like, the front legs are almost...

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Gargantua – Sulcata Tortiose

Gargantua – Sulcata Tortiose

This is Gargantua, a Sulcata Tortoise. He was born in 1951, and weighs about 80 pounds. Sulcata Tortoises inhabit the southern edge of the Sahara desert in Northern Africa in the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. In these arid regions, the tortoise excavates burrows in the ground to get to areas with higher moisture levels, and 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 Tortoise is the third largest...

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Prince – Ball Python

Prince – Ball Python

Prince is a Ball Python (python regius) who came to the foundation from an individual who had him as a pet and was no longer able to give him the care and attention he needs. Now Prince is a part of our educational programs and loves going to off-site programs to educate people about Ball Pythons. Ball Pythons are native to Western and Central Africa. They usually inhabit dry brushland or open grassland. They can be found either in trees or on the ground. They are most comfortable in temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees and enjoy basking in temperatures up to 95 degrees. These snakes can...

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Alex – American Alligator

Alex – American Alligator

Alex is a female American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis), born in 2001. Alex came to the Foundation through Butte County Fish and Wildlife. She was found in Butte Creek, either escaping from or released by her owner who had her illegally. Alex will remain at the Foundation as an ambassador to her species in our educational program. The American alligator ranges from long and slender to short and robust based on the area they live in. Alligators have broad snouts and an ‘armored’ body with a muscular flat tail. They have four short legs; the front legs have five toes while the back...

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