London Zoo's Most Exotic

Explore The Secret Life of Reptiles & Amphibians at London Zoo. A Brand new experience opening Easter 2024.

Get to know the planet’s most mysterious creatures at London Zoo, as the world-famous conservation zoo unveils a brand-new experience.

Home to some of the planet’s most fascinating yet threatened species – including one of the world’s largest frogs, jewel-coloured geckos, and turtles with heads so big they cannot fit in their shells - Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians will introduce visitors to wondrously weird creatures.

Visitors will first get a glimpse into the Zoo’s specialist breeding and animal care areas, with the ‘behind-the-scenes’ bought to the fore in the new space. Visitors will come nose-to-nose with one of the world’s largest frogs – as the breeding group of Critically Endangered mountain chicken frogs at London Zoo will be visible for the first time.

Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians has been meticulously designed to meet every need of its inhabitants – with each of its 33 species having individual, and very precise, requirements for temperature, humidity, water quality and lighting. The custom-built facility features 11 different climate-controlled zones and more than 50 aquatic systems, with each habitat providing shade, egg laying sites, basking locations and camouflage areas for the very particular residents.

The Zoo’s 1.9metre long Philippine crocodile may be spotted basking on the banks of, or swimming in, its 30,000-litre pool, while young visitors can board a boat like the ones used by researchers to study the crocs in the wild. The army of mossy frogs will demonstrate their unparalleled camouflage skills in their leafy home, in contrast to the turquoise gecko, who well and truly stands out from the crowd with its electric blue skin.

Stunning Mangshan vipers and a striking King Cobra have tree trunks to coil around and leaves to shelter beneath, while the big-headed turtles will be keeping an eye on it all – because their shells provide no shelter for their supersized skulls.

A shadowy underwater home is hoped to provide the perfect love nest for the Zoo’s pair of Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamanders – the world’s largest amphibians, sometimes referred to as ‘living fossils’.

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