San Diego Zoo - Reptile Mesa

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San Diego Zoo - Reptile Mesa
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:21 PM »
Reptile Mesa

Reptile Mesa is behind the Reptile House in the Discovery Outpost section, and features some of the larger reptiles housed at the zoo. I'm not even sure if the zoo calls this area Reptile Mesa anymore, but that is what it was called in the early days before the zoo began to give new names to the various areas based on the types of animals and habitats on display there.

A pair of European Pond Turtles, found in ponds, lakes, and streams from Europe to Iran.

Marginated Tortoise, from Greece. So what is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Turtles are aquatic, living in the water and land. Tortoises are strictly land dwellers.

The Scheltopusik, found in Greece and the Ukraine, is not a snake. It's a legless lizard!

Radiated Tortoise, from southern Madagascar.

Yellow-throated Plated Lizard, found in southern Africa.

Western Great Plated Lizard, from the Central African Republic to Somalia.

Southern Leopard Tortoise, from eastern and southern Africa.

Brown Tortoise, from southern Asia.

Anegada Ground Iguana, from Anegada Island in the Caribbean.

Cuban Iguana, found in the dry, coastal areas of Cuba.

Black-throated Monitor, from eastern Africa.

A pair of Black-throated Monitors getting "friendly".

African Spurred Tortoise, found all across Africa.

A fossil replica of a crocodile from the Jurassic period.

The skeleton of a Gharial, a descendant of the prehistoric croc.

Gharial sign

At quick glance, there doesn't appear to be much to see in this lagoon. Upon closer inspection, you'll find numerous aquatic turtles and several Gharials lounging around on the banks.

This must be a popular turtle hangout.

Malaysian Giant Turtle, from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle, from India.

River Terrapin, found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

A pair of Gharials, sunning themselves on the bank.

The Gharial is from India and Nepal. Luckily they are fish-eaters, and not turtle-eaters.

A Gharial taking a swim.

Gharial and friend.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2018, 12:57 PM by shyguy »
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