Tango, the Argentine Black & White Tegu (Tupinambis merianae), is an extraordinary creature. We recently adopted him from a young person who was unable to provide the necessary care for this unique animal. This species requires a very specific and consistent level of heat and humidity and Tango is now receiving this, plus lots of loving care from our staff and interns. He has proven to be very friendly, despite his recent challenges. Tegus can live for up to 15-20 years (possibly more in captivity) so we
will be happy to have Tango with us for years to come.
Pictured above is Sully, the Sulcata tortoise (a long-time family member at Animal Embassy), along with his newly-adopted friend, Sahara, also a Sulcata tortoise (Geochelone sulcata). This photo demonstrates how a baby can rapidly grow into an adult. Sulcata tortoises have a very long life span of
50-150 years with a potential weight of 100-200 pounds.
Pictured above is our striking Emerald Tree boa (Corallus caninus), held by David, one of our wonderful interns. This snake's coloration and pattern are simply beautiful! The emerald green coloring is combined with a white zigzag marking, sometimes called "lightning bolts." This animal is indigenous to the Amazon Basin region of South America. Our Emerald Tree boa will help us to teach children, and adults, about the science of colors in our new program entitled "Colors & Patterns of the Animal Kingdom."
Pictured above, is Clover, our newly-adopted Flemish Giant rabbit (a breed of domestic rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus) . She is sharing her bowl of carrots with Sully, the Sulcata tortoise who decided to shoulder his way in on her treat. Flemish Giants are known for their large size, and Clover is no exception! The Flemish Giant rabbit originated in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking northern region of Belgium) and was bred as early as the 16th century near the city of Ghent, Belgium. These rabbits are thought to have descended from a number of meat and fur breeds, however, our Flemish Giant will serve as an Animal Ambassador and
as an important part of our educational programming.
Photo Credit: The Lewisboro Ledger
Many of you have already met our amazing Alligator Snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii). We adopted this fascinating animal from a college student who rescued him from a friend who could not care for the turtle. On the inside of the turtle's mouth is a worm-like appendage, on the tip of its tongue, used to lure fish (you can see the red appendage in the photo to the right). This is truly an amazing adaptation. The turtle hunts by lying motionless in the water with its mouth wide open. The tongue imitates a worm, luring prey to the turtle's mouth. The mouth is then closed with tremendous speed and force, completing the hunt. Alligator Snapping turtles have an enormous bite force,and must be handled with extreme care. Alligator Snapping turtles are not ideal pets; ideally they should live out their lives in their natural habitat.
Please come and meet our Animal Ambassadors at the Animal Embassy
public exhibit at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center!