European pond terrapin (Emys orbicularis)
Gras snake (Natrix natrix)
Oscillated lizard (Timon lepidus)
Reptiles are poikilothermic (cold-blooded) and therefore dependent on the temperature of their surroundings which is why only 24 species are to be found in the alpine region with its long winters and otherwise cool and erratic climate.
The Alpenzoo has designed and built six spacious terrariums for its reptiles, each equipped to meet the environmental requirements of its occupants, including the appropriate vegetation, e.g. Holly oaks for the oscillated lizard and gentians for the European adder. The exhibits have a south-easterly exposure so that the reptiles can enjoy as much warmth and light from the morning sun as possible.
Our terrariums have been designed to offer the animals a pleasant habitat. They not only have the appropriate vegetation but are also equipped with artificial heating and covered areas for when it rains. The reptiles will often emerge from hiding to seek out their favourite spots where they can be seen basking in the sun.
All reptile species reproduce in the terrariums. They position their clutches close to the artificial heaters and this is where the eggs hatch. The terrariums have caves filled with leaves and small branches. They are ideal for hibernation as they offer protection from the cold and the frost.