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Toledo, OH. Zoo

Discussion in 'Zoo Trips (Man Made Habitats)' started by crawldad, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. crawldad

    crawldad Arachnoknight Old Timer

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    been going to this place since 1965. Many of the buildings are from the WPA program, yet still very functional. I have 2 friends that are curators in the Herp. area, and my kids and I took a little behind the scenes tour. If you are ever in the area, it is well worth the visit. they have a Hippoarium, an excellent Polar Bear exhibit, and their Ape / Monkey exhibits are wonderful. Follow this link if you'd like; http://www.toledozoo.org/. Now, we only went to the Reptile house, so I will just have to go back an photo other areas.

    First an Armadillo Lizard
    2nd, a Black Monitor
    3rd, Frilled lizard
    and 4th,a Gaboon Viper
     

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  2. crawldad

    crawldad Arachnoknight Old Timer

    The next 2 are of one of their Gilla / Beaded Lizards.
    The last 3 are of a Komodo they have (no glass between us on the first 2). Not huge, but over 80 lbs.
     

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  3. Natemass

    Natemass Arachnolord

    nice pics i love the viper and the kamodos
     
  4. rm90

    rm90 Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Nice pictures! They actually let people touch the beaded lizard? I thought they were poisonous..
     
  5. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter

    Very nice pictures. I like the frilled dragon in action.

    They have a venomous bite, but are otherwise harmless (discounting the foul odoured substances they can bring forth from their vent in their own defense).

    Cheers,
    Dave
     
  6. crawldad

    crawldad Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Ryan Maguire / I was given a guided tour behind the scenes. Our encounter was not the norm. The Gila was one of the "nicer" ones according to the curator.
    Here are a few more from the visit:
    1st-My favorite lizard of all times, the Monkey Tailed Skink. Had one of these for years. Came to me as a wild caught adult, and passed last year.
    2nd-A Pancake Tortoise.
    3rd- A Three Toed Sloth. It is roaming free in this huge Rainforest Room, and is always a chalange to locate.
     

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  7. crawldad

    crawldad Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Next-
    One of the Rattle Snake enclosures,
    a young Snake Neck Turtle,
    and a bad photo of a very cool Leaf Tailed Gecko (amazing how the tail mimicks the head!)
     

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  8. crawldad

    crawldad Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Last of this visit...

    The Reptile House had their own Christmas tree, with some very interesting garland (1 & 2)
    My sons where at the playground and found this. I later found out that it was a Mole or Camal Cricket. I don't remember ever seeing one before. I will try to update as we visit. They had 3 Polar Bear cubs born this winter, and should be on display this spring. See ya!
     

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  9. nepenthes

    nepenthes Arachnobaron

    Whats that last bug?
     
  10. crawldad

    crawldad Arachnoknight Old Timer

  11. crawldad

    crawldad Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Another visit

    This time we went to the Aquarium. Just so happens that the curator that gave us the tour, is also in charge of all the "bugs".
    First 2 pix are pretty self explanitory. These spiders I was told were "found" in one of the buildings, reproducing on their own. They have some of them in this huge display case. Look closely and you will see several.

    Picture #3, couldn't resist this on. Metal Scuplture of a Tortise, that kids must have their pictures taken on.

    4 & 5 Amazing encounter with the Octopus.
     

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  12. stubby8th

    stubby8th Arachnoknight Old Timer

    That octopus is wild - Never seen anything like that!

    I've got to tell ya, I hate those Monkey Tailed Skinks. At the first agency I worked for, the owner had one (stimpy) and one day it decided to grab on to my thumb - couldn't get it to let go! Left me with a nice scar.
     
  13. Anastasia

    Anastasia Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    very nice pics! :clap:
     
  14. xgrafcorex

    xgrafcorex Thread Killer Old Timer

    cool pictures. those rattlesnakes look great. get any close ups of the Nephila? or any other spider or bug pictures? :D
     
  15. Joanie

    Joanie Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Very nice pictures!! The little snake neck turtle is adorable.

    We have camel crickets all over the place here. I didn't realize they were an oddity.....how much would people pay for them?? ;P
     
  16. petshopguy

    petshopguy Arachnosquire

    don't forget the invertebrates

    Plus the Toledo zoo has a whole building dedicated to invertebrates. At least they did the last time I was there 4 years ago. I am going this summer and will update you, with pics. It was the sweetest exhibit I ever remember seeing.
     
  17. Praxibetelix

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    The Toledo Zoo has renovated their Aquarium, it is amazing now.

    Also, the invertebrates have been moved into the Museum. They are tended by an ex-herp turned entomologist.

    We were there very recently, last week, and got to behind the scenes in the invertebrates room. Very hot and humid in there. The guy was real cool, let us hold a giant leaf insect. All of this happened because my 5 year old daughter asked if the Dead Leaf Mantis was a boy or a girl!

    If you can get to Toledo, the Zoo is totally worth the trip!!
     
  18. Praxibetelix

    Praxibetelix Arachnosquire

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    Wanted to post an exciting update here!

    I was told today by the entomologist at the Toledo Zoo that they have gotten funds for a larger inverts section. Apparently they will be redesigning and enlarging the inverts sometime in the next year or two. This not only includes displays but the behind-the-scenes work space/storage as well. Very exciting!
     
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