- SEA LIFE, Mighty Amazon
In this landscape food can be plentiful.
During the wet season, rivers flood the rainforest floor where fruits, nuts and seeds fall. When the dry season returns some fish are trapped in ever-decreasing, muddy pools without food, with little oxygen and no way of escaping predators.
On the river predators can appear from any direction, above or below the water. You've got to be tough to make it in this habitat. Many rainforest creatures are big and toothy but sometimes it's the smallest and most harmless-looking animals which can pack the deadliest punch!
Are you ready for a jungle adventure? Let's go!
Poison Dart Frogs
These beautiful little creatures, native to Central and South America, are like brightly coloured jewels bouncing amongst the foliage. Don't be fooled though, they are small but deadly. The bright colours on their body act as a warning to potential predators that eating them would be a mistake as they secrete toxic poison from their skin.
Did you know?
It is not yet fully understood exactly how they produce this deadly poison, but it is suspected that they absorb chemicals from the prey that they eat in order to synthesis the poison.
Toxicity varies between Dart Frog species
Most pose little threat to humans but the Golden Poison Dart Frog is amongst the most poisonous animals in the world; with enough poison to kill ten to twenty men!
Poison Dart Frogs lay their eggs in moist crevices in plants and trees, piggybacking their tadpoles to water once they have hatched!
Bosc Monitor Lizard
- Meet our very friendly Bosc Monitor Lizard. These lizards can be found in thick grassland, they also have powerful limbs to help with digging and climbing
- Bosc Monitor Lizards are native to Africa and related to the Komodo Dragon, in the wild, they are often hunted for its leather
- They play a very important role in their ecosystem as they are one of the only large land carnivores
Who else will you meet?
The farmers of the insect world
Leaf-cutter Ants grow their own food in underground fungus farms. Pieces of leaves are carried hundreds of metres, with each ant carrying a piece up to 50 times its own body weight!
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
These insects are native to Madagascar and live in forests and other moist, tropical regions. Growing up to 7.5 cm in length, these are one of the largest cockroach species in the world!
As one of the world’s largest millipedes, they will grow up to 30cm. The body is rounded and consists of 30 to 40 segments as an adult.
A very active ground-dwelling lizard found in the deserts around Asia, these amazing creatures use their tails to store fat and have evolved to be able to detach their tails to help avoid predators
- These lizards are only found naturally in Australia's desert regions
- Like a dragon, it’s equipped with spiny reptilian scales, which include a “beard” of spikes under its chin that puffs up depending on its mood
- Among the most popular pet reptiles, bearded dragons tend to be gentle, inquisitive, and active during the day
- Bearded dragons are not picky eaters. With their strong jaws, they can clench and crush hard-shelled insects like beetles. As omnivores, they’ll also go for leaves, flowers, fruit, and the occasional small lizard or rodent
There are around 40 species of Piranha and it may surprise you to read that most are vegetarian; Feeding mainly on fruits, nuts and seeds that fall from the trees. The Red-bellied Piranhas you will encounter on your journey through SEA LIFE Hunstanton, are one of the few meat-eating varieties.
Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman
The Dwarf Caiman is the smallest of the crocodilian family. They have one of the most remarkable head shapes of their species, being short, very smooth and concave with an overlapping lower jaw by the upper.