Lizards: Listen Up, We Have Ears
Varanus albigularis ionidesi (4 feet long)
My real name is “Snickers” but you can call me Nick. My name reminds people of how big I was when purchased 2.5 years ago (candy bar sized), but now I’m over 4 feet long! People must remember to have enough space before they buy a lizard as awesome as me.
Iguana iguana (3 feet long)
My name is “Azul” and I am a vegetarian. I have quite the personality, and Party Safari staff will teach you how to tell if I am calm, cool, and collected, or if I am not in the mood for kids or their education. Fortunately, I am still a pretty lizard to look at, even if I can’t be touched on a given day.
Pogona vitticeps (large)
My name is “Star Fire” and I was resecued from a box in a dark basement by new tenants moving into a home. My natural habitat gets up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit which helps me digest plant matter. Consequently, I used to be quite skinny, but I am a voracious eater, and now I am a healthy lizard. Thank you Party Safari!
Pogona henrylawsoni (medium)
My name is “Rankin” and I am related to bearded dragons; though, my subspecies does not get as big as them. I am an old male (smaller than Star Fire; a female) and I no longer worry about breeding. I am a really calm lizard and I even let young children hold me.
Chlamydosaurus kingii (medium)
My name is “Frilly” because I have flaps of skin on the side of my neck that open up to make my head look three times as big! I use this adaptation to scare away potential predators when I get nervous. If that doesn’t work, I turn and run on my back legs and then climb up a tree.
Tiliqua sp. (large)
My name is “Squints” because I love to eat but I have horrible aim. My favorite food is crickets but I often miss my elusive prey. To avoid being eaten, I show potential predators my blue-tongue. Party Safari staff will explain how this helps keep me safe.
Eublepharis macularius (small)
My name is Jenny (female), and I have two other leopard gecko compadres: Leo (male) and Sandstorm (female). We are Party Safari favorites so the staff chooses one of us based upon which lizard needs a break from previous events. Sandstorm and I are able to be in the same tank, but male leopard geckos need their own tank. (Leo wishes he was invited over, but we are not currently interested.)
Crested Pinstripe Gecko
Correlophus ciliates (small)
My name is “Smoke” because my species was once thought to be extinct (1994). Fortunately, we were found on New Caledonia, an island northeast of Australia, and since then we have made a huge comeback via the pet industry. One neat thing about my species is that we like to hop.
Ptychozoon kuhli (small)
My name is “Houdini” because I am really hard to find in my enclosure. Yes, I am a “flying” gecko, but what that really means is that I am a good “falling” gecko. (Flaps of skin allow me to guide where I’m falling; just like flying squirrels). Guess what, there are flying snakes and flying frogs too!
Experience lizards! Experience the unusual!
Thank you Haley Martin for your photos!