Opening hours:

7.6.-10.8. open every day from 11am to 6pm.

Puuhapuisto Veijari

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Hut of reptiles

Hut of reptiles

In the Hut of Reptiles you get to meet some more exotic animal friends. Here you find slithering snakes and zooming lizards. The Hut of Reptiles is also home to frogs living on both land and water, as well as swimming turtles.

INHABITANTS OF THE HUT OF REPTILES

Snakes

Indian python Väinö
Boa constrictor Kyösti
Columbian rainbow boa Jukka
Kingsnake Emir
Corn snakes Myy and Penny

All snakes of Activity Park Veijari are constrictor snakes. The largest of the bunch is Indian python Väinö. Väinö is 4 metres long and weighs some 30 kilograms, which makes him a snake that needs to be taken seriously. He is some 20 years old and has lived in the park for a long time now.

Lizards

Blotched blue-tongued skink Sinikka
Central bearded dragon Papu
Berber skink Iiro
Common leopard gecko Sylvi
Crested gecko Kekkonen

Spiny-tailed lizard Pamppu (new resident)

The common leopard gecko is one of the most common geckos kept as pets. It is a nocturnal gecko, so if you have come to say hello to Sylvi and she is nowhere to be seen at that moment, she is probably taking a nap. For their part, central bearded dragons are diurnal animals that are active during the day, so Papu might be easier to spot moving about its terrarium.

Turtles

Turtles
Northern snake-necked turtle Kalle
Three red-eared slider friends

Tortoises
African spurred tortoise Kilpuri
Russian tortoise Jaakko

Tortoises Kilpuri and Jaakko are best of friends and they live in the Kids’ Yard.  There the turtle friends get to enjoy the summer sunshine together.

Frogs

African clawed frogs

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SNAKE SHEDS ITS ENTIRE SKIN MULTIPLE TIMES PER YEAR?

All animals shed their skin, us humans included. However, snakes are one of the few animals that shed their entire skin at once. Snakes shed their skin multiple times a year, and young snakelets may shed their skin a few times a month as they grow. Before the skin comes off, the colour of the snake dims for about a week. This is caused by moisture collecting underneath the moulting skin. The snake’s eyes are also dimmed, as the skin also covers those.

After the dim phase the skin of the snake clears up again and within a week of that the snake sheds its old skin. To detach the skin from its jaws, the snake must rub its mouth against a rough base or wall. When the snake gets its skin to turn towards its neck, it kind of dives out of its old skin.