The new reptiles and amphibians area has been open to the public since November 2015.
Prepare to take a close look at a range of animals from all over the world, starting from invertebrates (stick insects, beetles, Brazilian red and white tarantulas, and millipedes) to reptiles (black and white argentine tegus, snakes, Madagascar giant day geckos, leopard geckos and Anole lizards) with also a chance to see poison dart frogs and Mexican axolotls.
Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the whole planet. The number of extant species is estimated at between six and ten million, and represents over 90% of all the living forms on Earth. Insects may be found in almost all environments, although only a small number of species live in the oceans.
Reptiles and amphibians are distantly related to each other in the evolutionary lineage but in spite of some similarities, they can be distinguished by their physical appearance and different stages of life. The word “amphibian” means “both kinds of life”; Young amphibians with gills are able to live underwater, after undergoing metamorphosis, adult amphibians can also live on the land breathing with lungs.
In comparison, reptiles usually live on the land, they have scales, they breathe air and they lay eggs.
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