We wouldn't be what we are without these superstars! Take a look at each and every member of the Jaws n Claws family below, and learn a little about them too!
Milk Snake, a non poisonous, useful species of king snake. The milk snake is found throughout the eastern United States and in southern Ontario. It frequents barns and farmyards in search of mice and rats. The milk snake attacks and swallows both harmless and poisonous snakes, and is at least partly immune to most snake venom. Their red, black, and yellow bands make them look like coral snakes. Coral snakes are deadly - which is why a lot of milk snakes end up dead. People often mistake them for coral snakes and kill them.
Favourite Food: Mice and Small Snakes
Did you know: Its name is based on the false belief that the snake sucks milk from cows. He also loves the Spice Girls
The bottom of the snail’s body is called a FOOT. This is what makes it move. Inside the FOOT are lots of muscles, just like we have muscles in our bodies. When the muscles work, the FOOT moves and the snail is able to move around. A fully-grown adult snail, or one that will not get any bigger, is easy to spot. Look at the open end of the shell and you will see a small lip sticking up. It means that the snail has stopped growing.
Favourite Food: Cucumber, lettuce and sweet potato
Did you know: Snail slime is great at reducing wrinkles and for chasing people with.
The green tree frog is larger than most Australian frogs, reaching 10 cm (4 in) in length. The average lifespan of the frog in captivity, about 16 years, is long in comparison with most frogs. Green tree frogs are docile and well suited to living near human dwellings. They are often found on windows or inside houses, eating insects drawn by the light. The green tree frog screams when it is in danger to scare off its foe, and squeaks when it is touched
Favourite Food: Locusts
Did you know: He uses his eyes to swallow food and loves Christmas.
The classic markings make the Dutch rabbit the aristocrat of all show rabbits, distinguishing it apart from any other breed.
The Dutch rabbit, although originated in Holland, was actually developed in England. The grass and plants wild rabbits eat at dusk and dawn can be poor in nutritional value, so the rabbit will eat its own faeces to squeeze every last bit of nourishment. A rabbit can jump up to 36"(90cm) in height and up to 10 feet (3 metres) in length.
Favourite Food: as much as possible
Did you know: he has a companion called Pickle
Although guinea pigs cannot jump, they like to "popcorn." Popcorning occurs when guinea pigs get excited. They often jump about a few inches in the air. They also run around in circles. They have about 340° wide range of vision and see in partial color (this is called dichromacy). When confronting danger from predators, larger groups of startled guinea pigs will “stampede“, running in haphazard directions as a means of confusing their enemy.
Favourite Food: Vegetables, fruit and salad
Did you know: Unlike most rodents, guinea pigs are born with their eyes open and a full coat of fur.
Like all arachnids scorpions have eight legs, but, unlike spiders, they also have a pair of large pincers and a long tail with a venomous stinger at the end. They have a hard outer exoskeleton that comes in a variety of colours including black, brown, blue, yellow, and green. When food is scarce, a scorpion can slow down its metabolism to the point where it can survive for up to a year on a single meal.
Favourite Food: crickets and locusts
Did you know: The smallest scorpions grow to around ½ inch long, while the largest scorpions can grow to over 8 inches long. He has never swam with Dolphins.
Rivals ram one another with their horns (or abdomens) and during the fight often unleash the amazing hisses that give the animal its name. Winning roaches hiss more than losers, so the sounds may be used to help determine a roach hierarchy.
The Madagascar hissing cockroach even begins its life in an unusual manner. Females create a cocoon-like egg case called an ootheca and carry their eggs (and neonatal nymphs) inside their bodies. They then bear living young - as many as 60 nymph roaches.
Favourite Food: everything
Did you know: his favourite food is bat poo...
Pet rats, or fancy rats, have an interesting history. Many breeders believe that rats were first widely domesticated by the rat-catchers of the 19th Century. It is believed these people, who were paid by town governments to trap rats, started breeding rats to keep themselves in business, only then discovering how intelligent and loyal these pets could be. Rats have starred or appeared in over 400 films and close to one hundred television series.
Favourite Food: everything
Did you know: Rats can't be sick or play the guitar
They are adept climbers, spending time on branches and in bushes and near human habitation. Pogona species bask on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons. They are found throughout Australia.
Several species of this genus, especially the central bearded dragon, are often kept as pets or exhibited in zoos due to their hardy nature and easy care in comparison to other exotic reptiles.
Favourite Food: Salad, Locusts and Meal Worms
Did you know: She loves having a long soak in the bath.
This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered in small hairs called setae. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller (approximately 200 nanometres in diameter) hairs called spatulae. It is believed these structures exploit the weak van der Waals force to help the gecko climb on most solid surfaces. The toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling. They possess a prehensile tail which they use to assist in climbing. The tail can be shed as a deterent to predators.
Favourite Food: Baby food and insects
Did you know: They can lick their eyes with their tongue, as long as they don't eat marmite before hand
The cane toad has poison glands and the tadpoles are highly toxic to most animals if ingested. Because of its voracious appetite, the cane toad has been introduced to many regions of the Pacific and the Caribbean islands as a method of agricultural pest control. The species derives its common name from its use against the cane beetle (Dermolepida albohirtum). The cane toad is now considered a pest and an invasive species in many of its introduced regions; of particular concern is its toxic skin, which kills many animals—native predators and otherwise—when ingested.
Favourite Food: Everything (dislikes Sprouts)
Did you know: They are the largest Toad's in the world and is scared of the dark so has a night light.
Millipedes protect themselves by one of two means. They can coil themselves up, like a slimy sort of cinnamon roll. This keeps their tender undersides shielded by their rigid exteriors. Another way they ward off predators is by secreting a toxic liquid, or hydrogen cyanide gas, from their pores. Such a substance is only a mild irritant to humans, but can burn the exoskeleton of ants, or the eyes and skin of larger animals. Some monkeys have even been caught rubbing the substance on themselves as an effective bug spray.
Favourite Food: dead leaves, cucumber and rotten fruit
Did you know: Most millipedes actually have less than 100 legs. The record holder for most legs has a mere 750. She has velcro instead of laces as it takes her so long to put her shoes on.
Have you ever stuck your tongue out at someone? For people, it is considered bad manners, but for this lizard, it’s a way to scare off a predator!
A blue-tongued skink spends most of the day searching for food. When a predator threatens a skink, the lizard puffs up its body to look bigger. At the same time, it opens its mouth and hisses while sticking out its bright blue tongue. The sudden flash of color may surprise and confuse the predator just long enough for the skink to scurry away.
In Australia, blue-tongued skinks are very common. They are often seen in peoples’ yards, where they eat insect pests. Because they live among humans, blue-tongued skinks have to watch out for dogs and cats as well as their other natural predators, such as snakes and kookaburras.
He loves curling up on your neck or hiding in jumpers.
Age: 18 months
Favourite Food: Fruit and Insects
Did you know: The blue tongue warns off predators
During the dry season the African bullfrog hibernates underground for up to 10 months or even as long as 2 years. It is protected by the mud it has burrowed into, as well as a mucous cocoon which becomes hard once it dries. When the rainy season returns, the rains seep into the ground and soften the cocoon, allowing the bullfrog within to free itself and emerge from the mud.
Favourite Food: mice, small birds and insects
Did you know: It has several large tooth-like projections in its lower jaw that helps it to grip and then chew its prey. His favourite song is 'Burning love'.
Tarantulas are night time hunters who will pounce on their prey. They eat insects, beetles and grasshoppers. The Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula species will eat larger prey, such as, lizards, snakes, frogs, bats and small birds.
All Tarantulas have an interesting way of defending themselves. They have hairs on their abdomen (stomachs) that have sharp little barbs, or pokey things, on them. When threatened, the spider will rub these hairs with their legs and shoot them at their predator.
Favourite Food: locusts
Did you know: Females guard their eggs in a cocoon for six to nine weeks and then 500 to 1,000 tarantulas hatch. Luckily they dont wear shoes, that could be expensive.
The name Salamander comes from the Greek word for Fire Lizard. This name came about when salamanders came running out of the logs they had been hiding in when those logs were thrown on a fire. Salamanders are capable of regenerating lost limbs within in a few weeks, including tails and toes, allowing them to survive attacks from predators.
Favourite Food: Worms and insects
Did you know: The largest salamander in the world in the Chinese Giant Salamander. It can grow to a length of 5 feet. His favourate film is 'The Italian Job'
Native to the jungles and grassy marshes of Southeast Asia, Burmese pythons are among the largest snakes on Earth. They are capable of reaching 23 feet (7 meters) or more in length and weighing up to 200 pounds (90 kilograms) with a girth as big as a telephone pole. When young, they will spend much of their time in the trees. However, as they mature and their size and weight make tree climbing unwieldy, they transition to mainly ground-dwelling. They are also excellent swimmers, and can stay submerged for up to 30 minutes before surfacing for air.
Burmese pythons actually incubate their eggs by raising the temperature within the coils by as much as seven degrees above the air temperature. This is accomplished by frequent "hiccupping" or muscle spasms. Once the babies hatch, they are on their own and must fend for themselves. They hatch at about 12 to 18 inches (31 to 46 cm) in length.
Age: 2 years old
Favourite Food: Rats, Rabbits and small mammals
Did you know: He loves suning himself by the pool whilst on holiday.
Pythons are constrictors, which means they wrap their bodies around their prey and squeeze them until they suffocate. Royal pythons are one of the smallest of all pythons, and they only grow to about four or five feet long.
Favourite Food: Rats
Did you know: The name royal python is believed to be derived from the fact that many African rulers were known to have worn live pythons as jewellery. She loves to hide under your armpit where its nice and warm.
Tegus have been known to raid bees nest, they will break open the hives to get to the hidden honey. Colombian tegus, have been found to use termite nests to lay their eggs in, it is natures best natural incubator. Clutches have been found to be around 6 to 8 eggs hidden within these termite nests.
Favourite Food: Bugs, Small Mammals and Fruit
Did you know: Tegus are able to run on two legs, (as long as they are not wearing high heels).
Their natural habitat ranges from Savannah to the forest around the Amazon Basin. They are omnivorous with a diet based on a wide assortment of plants- mostly fruit when available, but also including grasses, flowers, fungi, carrion and invertebrates. The red-footed tortoise is named for colorful markings on its limbs and face. The species can reach 14 inches in length.
Favourite Food: Mixed Veg and Fruit
Did you know: She can feel you stroke her hard shell and loves having her head rubbed.