It may surprise you to learn that reptiles are now the seventh most popular type of pet in various parts of the world. They’re fascinating creatures, and the numbers speak for themselves. So, with such burgeoning popularity, where can we go on holiday to visit them?
Well, it’s a good question, and one with many answers. Arguably the three most common types of reptile – snakes, turtles, lizards – are located across the globe. The following article will list the prime locations you should be headed if you or your family values any of the big three. So pack that sun cream, that pair of sunglasses and your hat, and get out there! The world truly is a beautiful place so we owe it to ourselves to explore it.
Snakes – Narcisse, Canada
They’re feared by many, and loved by few. In reality, most species of snake are harmless. It’s just our pre-conceived notion that we’ve gleaned from movies and TV shows! Narcisse in Canada is full to the brim with our slippery friends, yielding tens of thousands of them at any given time.
Of course, not every snake encounter will be a friendly, memorable one. Some can turn violent, and can put you at risk if not handled carefully. Have a read here http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/safely_dealing_with_snakes.shtml to see what to do if yours turns hostile. This is especially useful if you’re out in the wild; so stay safe.
Lizards – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Lizards have lived on this planet for millions of years, so when you visit Ecuador, you’re entering their territory. While it’s a surefire bet that you’ll encounter a lizard here, there’s no telling what kind it may be. The Galapagos Islands are even home to world’s only living marine lizard, the marine iguana. In addition, this is the home of the lava lizard, a brilliant orange coloured beast that looks as cool as it sounds.
There are many more creatures to encounter in the Galapagos Islands, so keep your eyes peeled. You can read more about different kinds of lizards at a site like http://www.factzoo.com/reptiles/types-of-lizards.html. That way, you’ve got a handy fact-checker should you spot one!
Turtles – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Everybody has seen Finding Nemo, and in real life, the Great Barrier Reef is just as beautiful and bursting with wildlife. One of the most popular creatures you’ll encounter is the sea turtle. The Great Barrier Reef is home to no less than six different types of the hard-shelled creatures, so it’s a treat for any fans.
You can go snorkelling and scuba diving, and really get up close and personal with a vast array of marine wildlife. Even those looking to encounter Nemo and friends won’t leave feeling disappointed. Here, clown fish and manta rays are just as prominent as turtles.
No matter where you travel, wildlife is sure to be around. It’s just a case of looking closely! Of course, there is a chance you may not encounter the creature you desire. But if you visit any of these locations, you’ll have a really good shot. Thanks for reading!