Yekaterinburg Zoo recently added a new collection of reptiles to its exhibits, including a boa constrictor and two veiled chameleons.
Neitzsche and Lala, two yearling veiled chameleons, came to Yekaterinburg from Moscow. The lizards -- the largest and brightest of all chameleons -- will live in a unique terrarium.
Chameleons are fascinating reptiles that can change their body colors depending on their moods or their environment’s appearance, temperature or humidity. Male chameleons of the species, which originates in the Arabian Peninsula, grow high leather crowns to distinguish themselves.
The other reptile addition is a 7-year-old garden boa. Garden boas can grow up to approximately 5 feet long. The boas’ skins are colorful, ranging in shades from light yellow to brick-red.
Other new reptiles in the zoo's collection include the common basilisk (also known as the Jesus Lizard for its ability to run on the surface of water), a tokay gecko, a rhinoceraus ratsnake, a girdled lizard, a giant Brazilian false water cobra and several others.
The exhibits of the new reptiles are open to visitors on the second floor of the Exoterrarium pavilion.