Snakes & lizards

We have more than 30 species of snakes and lizards here, including the world's largest species of lizard (Komodo dragon) and one of the largest species of snake.

All animals within this group have scaly skin and powerful jaws that enables them to eat large chunks of food. They also have long, flickering tongues which they use to pick up chemicals in the air, and helps them to ‘see’ their surroundings.

The most obvious difference between lizards and snakes is that most lizards have working limbs, whereas snakes are legless and instead use their muscles and scales to move about.

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