Here’s our countdown of the weirdest and most wonderful species to see at the zoo this Halloween…

Panther chameleon

These rainbow coloured lizards are native to Madagascar, and like most chameleons they can change colour. This can be as a method of communication or to blend in with their natural habitat. However, the colours and patterns that a panther chameleon has depends on which city or village they’re from in Madagascar… pretty cool, huh?

Cone headed dragon

This delicate species from Mexico and Central America may look like your average green reptile, however they do display some very bizarre behaviours.

Male cone headed dragons exhibit a slow bobbing movement of the head as a territorial or mating sign - sometimes they will even do this at their own reflection.

They are also very, very fast, and can even run on water!

Phantasmal poison dart frog

Other than their Phantas-tic name and beautiful colours, these guys are actually very poisonous!

The reddish colouration in their skin is a warning sign to predators, as they secrete a toxin for protection. This poison is created from their diet, which includes small insects and ants. They are actually known to be one of the most toxic amphibians in the world!

Vine snake

With their long, thin, green body and long pointed head, it’s understandable why they are called vine snakes.

Newquay Zoo is the only zoo in the UK where you can see these unusual looking reptiles. Long nosed vine snakes are a rare species and are known for being notoriously hard to breed and rear successfully, as little is known about them. We have been fortunate enough to breed this species in previous years and hope to continue to do so in the future. Definitely a must see this Halloween!

Lemur leaf frog

Don’t lemur leaf frogs look like the most incredible frogs you’ve ever seen?

These guys are actually extremely small - small enough in fact to fit on your fingertip! As well as being small they also have the ability to change their colouring depending on their activity level; greenish yellow when resting and reddish brown during the night when they are most active.

Luristan newt

Luristan newts (or Kaiser’s spotted newts as they’re also known) are real gems. Not only because of their vibrant colouring, but because they are classed as Critically Endangered due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.

Luristan newts live in dry areas where there is only water for around 3 months of the year, they burrow underground to escape the heat and keep cool during summer months. This is called estivation or ‘summer sleep’.

So make sure you visit these six unusual species when visiting Newquay Zoo this Halloween.

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