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Boa Constrictor Imperator (Common Boa) - Meet Geoff The BoaTM


[Meet Geoff - Our Large Boa Constrictor Imperator - Meet The Beasts]Meet Geoff, Our Common Boa (Boa constrictor imperator): Large, Gentle & Beautiful.

Native to Latin America (Colombia) the imperators do not grow as large as their more famous counterparts, Boa constrictor constrictor.

Geoff is an extremely placid & gentle snake who enjoys human contact: an ideal introduction to the World of Wriggly.

Large enough to have a presence & create a buzz in any setting, yet small enough to handle, Geoff is usually our star of the show, making many new friends at each appearance. In fact, he is so popular that he has his own Geoff The BoaTM Facebook Page where he writes about his experiences & how he sees the World.

Available to visit with his Beast friends or on his own, Geoff is guaranteed to draw a crowd wherever & whenever he appears.



Boa Constrictor Imperator (Common Boa) - Meet Baz


[Meet Baz Our Young Sand Coloured Boa Constrictor Imperator - Meet The Beasts]Baz is another Common Boa (Boa constrictor imperator) but has a sandy background rather than the grey of Geoff.

Baz is younger & currently smaller than Geoff but is also very placid, beautiful & gentle, enjoying human contact.

An excellent snake for handling & a great introduction to the World of Boas. Another friendly & popular serpent to meet & greet: another crowd pleaser.


Western Hognose Snake - Meet Wesley


[Meet Wesley Our Western Hognose Snake - Meet The Beasts]A small snake with the mind of an Anaconda!

Wesley, our Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus) is loved by everyone he meets. His name (hognose) comes from his little upturned snout that he uses for digging &, in the wild, for finding his prey of small frogs & toads.

Hognose snakes haves a reputation for their hissing, bluff striking (with mouth closed) & playing dead when threatened in the wild. This behaviour rapidly disappears in captive bred snakes as their fears rapidly subside, although they do still excrete musk under threat which smells rather like rotting fish.

Wesley is always highly entertaining & friendly. He is now over 20-years-old so stays at home more often these days, but he can still be brought to you by special request. Cute; Funny; Friendly.


Amelanistic Corn Snake - Meet Charlie


[Meet Charlie Our Amelanistic Corn Snake - Meet The Beasts]A medium-sized, very brightly coloured & active snake.

Charlie is a very gentle snake who enjoys meeting people. Corn Snakes (Pantherophis guttatus)are popular pets & so she brings 'familiarity' to our collection. Around 4-feet long, Charlie's high visibility often draws crowds. Another snake guaranteed to create a buzz at your event.


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Leopard Geckos - Meet Azuri, Warf & Gloria


[Leopard Gecko Azuri - Meet The Beasts]Leopard Geckos (Eublepharis macularius) are small, friendly lizards.

The native habitat of the common leopard gecko is the rocky, dry grassland & desert regions of south-Asian Afghanistan, Pakistan, north-west India, and some parts of Iran.

Azuri (pictured left) is typical of the pattern found in the wild, whilst Warf & Gloria are specially bred 'colour morphs'. The different patterns on their body are great for helping to understand camouflage.

Leopard geckos are nocturnal (active at night). Although rarely seen during daytime in the wild they are more active during the day when kept in captivity. Azuri, Warf & Gloria always create an 'Aaaah!' factor.



[Leopard Gecko Warf - Meet The Beasts]



[Leopard Gecko Gloria - Meet The Beasts]



Rankins Bearded Dragon - Meet Boris


[Rankins Bearded Dragon Boris - Meet The Beasts]Boris, our Rankins Bearded Dragon (Pogona henrylawsoni) is a smaller relation of the popular Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).

He is very friendly & comical. Although he looks fierce & foreboding, Boris is actually very gentle (except for his sharp claws) Covered in fascinating patterns of scales, these really do look like mythical dragons of old.

Bearded dragons get their name from their beard which they can puff out when they are threatened or during courtship. In the males, this beard often turns black as a warning sign (pictured below) though this occasionally occurs in females too.

Boris always creates a buzz at events.


[Boris Black Beard Rankins Dragon - Meet The Beasts]

Boris displaying his black beard (although he was not in a bad mood or under threat at the time)


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PLEASE NOTE: We allow close-up viewing of our tarantulas but for safety reasons (irritant hairs & danger to tarantula) we DO NOT allow them to be handled.

All of our tarantulas are captive-bred & have not been taken from their natural habitats.


Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula - Meet Quickstep


[Meet Quickstep, Our Adult Female Costa Rican Zebra tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni)]Quickstep, our Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni) is a gentle lady.

More than 20-years-old, this beautiful, docile tarantula has distinctive, striking skeleton-like markings on her legs. Her abdomen is covered in hairs which, if threatened, she can flick off with her rear legs (though Quickstep has never demonstrated this behaviour). Low venom potency. Slow moving, patient & very placid. Face your fears & admire her beauty.


Mexican Red Leg Tarantula - Meet Rosy


[Mexican Red Leg Tarantula Rosy - Meet The Beasts]Rosy, our Mexican Red Leg Tarantula (Brachypelma emilia) is a large, beautiful spider.

She is very docile but also is prone to flicking her abdominal hairs if she is startled or feels threatened. Definitely a 'look at only' exhibit but her size & colour always makes an impact.

Medically insignificant venom for humans, she makes a spectacular visitor.



Mexican Red Knee Tarantula - Meet Speedy


[Mexican Red Knee Tarantula Speedy - Meet The Beasts]Speedy, our Mexican Red Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma hamorii) is a prized species because of her beauty.

Very recognisable, this species of tarantula was one of the first to be imported into the UK. Speedy's striking patterns & colours make her stand out & create a lot of interest when she appears.

Although she is very placid, Speedy can be quite skittish, moving quickly &flicking her abdominal hairs with her rear legs if she is disturbed.

Venom is very mild & medically insignificant.

A beautiful spider, she is definitely a 'for looking at only' member of our Beast team. Guaranteed to create a buzz.


Mexican Red Rump Tarantula - Meet Flick


[Mexican Red Rump Tarantula Flick - Meet The Beasts]Flick, our Mexican Red Rump (Tliltocatl vagans) is a fast but gentle Tarantula.

Beautiful velvet black, with a hint of metallic green legs & thorax, off-set by striking, orange/red hairs on her abdomen which she is prone to flick when disturbed.

Flick feeds mainly on insects in the wild but will also take small lizards. In captivity we feed her crickets.

With a leg-span of 6-inches (15cm) she is impressive. Low potency venom. Another beautiful tarantula but definitely 'to look at only.'


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Asian Forest Scorpion


[Asian Forest Scorpions - Meet The Beasts]Meet our Asian Forest Scorpions (Heterometrus spinifer).

Originating in the forests of Asia (especially Malaysia) they grow to around 7-inches (17.5cm) pincer to tip of tail. Large & powerful, they feed mainly on insects. They are quite fast & rather prone to nipping with their powerful pincers. However, they rarely, if ever use their sting, even on their prey.

We discovered recently that they  are breeding! So we can often show adults & young together. With a highly organised social system, Asian Forest Scorpions look after their young.

Venom rated as mild & not medically significant in humans.


[Asian Forest Scorpion with Babies - Meet The Beasts]

Mother Asian Forest Scorpion carrying her newborn 'scorplings' on her back.


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Giant Hissing Cockroaches


[Female Giant Madagascan Hissing Cockroach - Meet The Beasts]Madagascar Giant Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa).

A darker female is shown right & a mixture of males & females of different colours & shades is shown below.

Our cockroaches eat fresh fruit & vegetables, especially carrot & broccoli. When disturbed they hiss (hence their name) & they can grow to about 3-inches (7.5cm) long.


[Giant Hissing Cockroach Colony - Meet The Beasts]

Our Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Colony


Death's Head Cockroach


[Deaths Head Cockroach Adult - Meet The Beasts]Deaths Head Cockroach (Blaberus craniifer)
so-called because of the black spot on the adult's head (right) which is said to resemble a skull.

The nymphs (below) do not grow wings until their adult moult & even when they grow wings they cannot take-off & fly. They can however, jump & glide significant distances to avoid predators or find new territory. Guaranteed to draw a mixed reaction from visitors.


[One of Our Sub-Adult Death's Head Cockroach]


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Madagascan Fire, Speckle Leg & Bumble Bee Millipedes


[Meet our Madagascan Fire Millipedes (Aphistogoniulus corralipes)]Our millipedes are constantly changing due to their relatively short life span.

We try to keep a range of colours & sizes that are interesting to observe. These can include the Madagascan Fire Millipede (Aphistogoniulus corralipes) pictured right, Ghana Speckle Leg Millipede (Telodeinopus aoutii) (below left) & Bumble Bee Millipede (Anadenobolus monilicornis) (below right).

Millipedes feed on detritus (decaying plant & animal matter). Millipedes excrete a strong smelling secretion on their skin (containing cyanide) which makes them very unpleasant food to potential predators.


[Ghana Stripe Legged Millipede - Meet The Beasts] [Bumble Bee Millipede - Meet The Beasts]


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Dr Stuart Wood
c/o Meet the Beasts
31 Burder Street
LE11 1JH

Telephone + 44 1509 553362
Mobile: + 44 7814 628123
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