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Snake talk Patricks Day in the Tropical House

Snake talk Patricks Day in the Tropical House

If you are looking for a wild day out that’s away from the crowds and the noise of the parades then check out Fota Wildlife Park this St. Patricks Day!

We will have a special talk on snakes in our Tropical House with one of the wildlife park’s rangers, Julien Fonteneau at 1 pm on Saturday, the 17th March. Julien will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and explain more about our snake species, the Jamaican Boa and Dumeril’s Boa.

Classed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, the Jamaican Boa is the largest non-venomous snake found on the island of Jamaica. The combined threats of persecution, habitat loss and the introduction of non-native species have had a serious effect on the boa’s once plentiful population. This boa can attain lengths of 8 feet.  In the wild, they are found in limestone forest, rock crevices, caves, and trees and their natural prey includes introduced rodents and native bats and birds.

(Image: Jamaican Boa)

Julien will also be speaking about the non-venomous Dumeril's Boas, also known as the Madagascar ground boa, which only occurs on the island of Madagascar, one of the world's biggest islands located in the Indian Ocean to the east of Africa. They belong to the family of snakes Boidae, which contains the world's largest snake species, including pythons, boas and anacondas. Like other boas and pythons, Dumeril's Boas can lay virtually motionless for long periods of time waiting for unwary prey, which they kill by constriction.

(Image: Dumeril's Boa)

The Tropical House is also home to endangered reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and exotic fish. If you have any questions about any of the other species living here, this is the event for you.

Come to the Tropical House at Fota Wildlife Park for a free talk at 1 pm this St. Patrick’s Day (included free with general admission/entrance fee).