Snake terrarium 1
False water cobra - Hydrodynastes gigas
Size: 220-300 cm
Distribution: it’s endemic to South America
Food: fish, frogs, rodents
Fun Fact: the false water cobra is endemic to South America. It is a venomous species however its venom is not too strong. The chance of envenomation in case of a bite is also quite low as this species have its fangs at the rear end of the mouth. Its venom has a blood thinning (anticoagulant) effect.
When threatened, it has the ability to flatten its neck similar to real cobras, which is a defensive reaction to look bigger and more intimidating, successfully scaring away potential predators.
Snake terrarium 2
Ball python - Python regius
Size: 1,5 m
Distribution: they are found in central and west Africa
Food: rodents, lizards and small birds
Fun Fact: Has a wide geographic range, can be found in tropical forests as well as on dry land, even in cultivated grasslands. It is the smallest amongst African pythons. Some tribes in Africa hunt them for their skin and their meat.
When threatened, coils up into a tight ball with its head and tail in the middle. The female lays eggs, curls around them and stays like this until they hatch. The little snakes reach maturity around 3-5 years old. The oldest known ball python lived up to 48 years old!