List Article (Origins of Tropical World)

Many animals are currently gracing the world whether it is huge wildlife cats to high climbing monkeys or slow moving elephants to an exotic icy polar bear. In this case however, we look at animals which have been gathered together in one place and are publicly shown to viewers around the world.

Around 1,000,000 visit Tropical World each year and it has since been known as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Not only does it include its beautiful supply of exotic animals from around the world, but it also includes unusual landscapes, and plant life.

A lot of the animals which belong in tropical world are those which aren’t rarely seen in the UK, this is therefore a great place to bring them together, here we look at the origins and most popular places to find each of the animals pictured below…

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1. The Deadly Tarantula

Originates from Southern Europe, there are 900 species identified belonging to the family ‘Theraphosidae’. Most tarantulas hunt for other insects where as others are known for dangerously poisoning humans with their striking, deadly and very harmful venom from there vicious bite.

2. The Scurrying Mouse

Originates from Iran and Turkestan after living in rocky crevices, the most common mouse is a house mouse, these become attracted to homes due to smell and also if there are open passages to get into the warmth. The mouse is a small mammal also classing into the order of rodents.

3. The Pacu

Originates from Brazil and India, it is a relative of the dangerous Piranha but isn’t quite so deadly as its teeth are less sharp and more square based. When full grown, the Pacu can reach a far greater size than its relative, reaching up to a whopping 30kg in weight. They are now most likely to be found in Amazon rivers.

4. The Lazy Terrapins

Originates from Texas and South Africa, they are most likely found under water in fresh or brackish water. A lot of the turtles live close to the coast and are known as one of the largest ranges of turtles in North America. The name ‘Diamond Back Turtle’ is specified because of their patterned shells.

5. The not so scary Bearded Dragon

Originates from small regions from Australia and are most likely kept in smaller places such as zoos and also kept as pets. They grow to around 2 feet in length overall. They are also very similar to the chameleon as they can change their colours, but mostly towards heat and temperature.

6. The Hissing Snake

Originates from lizards, snakes are known to be basically reptiles without legs, or in other worlds ‘legless lizards’. Their skulls however are very different to lizards, as they have many more joints so that they are able to swallow their pray with their more mobile jaws.

7. The Cute Degu

Originates from central Chili, it is also sometimes known as a brush-tailed rat. Other species which relate to it are things such as other Degus, Guinea Pigs and chinchillas. They live in groups so that they are able to construct bigger burrows together forming activities such as digging chains.

8. The Crowned Hornbill

Originates from South East Asia, some of them also come from Africa, and are around 50cm in length. You are most likely to find them hidden in trees where they are always on the hunt for prey so that they can feed their offspring things such as small rodents as well as fruit and seeds.

9. Timone Without The Pumba

Originates from the Kalahari deserts in South Africa. Meerkats also come from the mongoose family, and a group is known as a mob. A clan contains around 20 meerkats and live for around 14 years. Meerkats aren’t known for pets and most likely live in the wild, they are very vicious and can bite.

10. The Gold Tamarin Monkey

Originates from the coastal forests of Brazil and is a member of the Callitrichidae family. It is an endangered species, there is estimated to be around 1,000 left living and known to be exactly 490 individuals. They live around 300m above sea level and found in hilltop and swamp forests.


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