Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates
Reptiles are vertebrates that regulate body temperature externally, have dry, glandless skin covered with scales, breathe through lungs and lay large eggs that develop on land. Reptiles include turtles, snakes, and lizards.
Camp has a fantastic variety of reptiles. Our spurred tortoises can live 200 years and when fully grown you could ride on their backs. We have snakes ranging in size from tiny hatchlings to ones bigger than you can hold. Campers have watched a snake shed its skin and even lay eggs. Ophelia (our 4-foot iguana) loves eating grapes and romaine lettuce from your hand. Did you know that a Tokay Gecko can climb straight up a wall, or that there are lizards that have no legs?
The following Reptiles reside at Bear River Ranch:
Amphibians are cold-blooded, smooth-skinned animals from the Chordate Phylum. This class of animals includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts. Some live on land and some in the water, but most species return to the water to mate and lay eggs. Most of our amphibians are found in the wild, right here at camp. We allow campers to collect a few of each type to learn about and then they are released back to where they were originally found.
African Bull Frog
Fire Bellied Newt
Grey Tree Frog
Whites Tree Frog
Arthropods make up the largest phylum of animals and include the insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and others. Arthropods have a segmented body with appendages on each segment. All arthropods are covered by a hard exoskeleton made of chitin. More than 80% of described living animal species are arthropods, with over a million modern species. Like our amphibians local arthropods are collected, identified, studied and then returned to the wild.
Giant Hissing Cockroaches