Wild Animal Safari – Georgia https://animalsafari.com/Georgia Thu, 19 May 2016 19:36:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Animal Corner — The Blue Tongue Skink Lizard https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-the-blue-tongue-skink-lizard/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-the-blue-tongue-skink-lizard/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 18:59:05 +0000 https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=7943 more »]]> Blue Tongue Skink LizardThe Blue Tongue Skink Lizard comes from Australia. It grows up to a foot and a half long, and it lives in burrows, logs, or leaf litter. Their diet consists of dead animals, snails, insects, fruits, and flowers. Some of them even have a transparent window in their lower eyelids. This means they can technically see even with their eyes closed!

As for how they got their name, it clearly comes from their blue tongue. What you may not know is that the blue tongue is their primary defense mechanism against predators! To scare any animals threatening them, all they have to do is open their mouths, stick out their blue tongue, and hiss. The combination of hissing and a blue tongue shocks their predators enough to frighten them away. Simple, but effective!

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Animal Corner — Water Buffalo Feeding Time! https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-water-buffalo-feeding-time/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-water-buffalo-feeding-time/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:08:18 +0000 https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=7747 more »]]> water buffalo

As you can see in the picture, cattle species like this water buffalo do not have top teeth. They have a dental pad that helps them chew their food. According to Burmese folklore, the water buffalo lost his top teeth when he lent them to a horse. The horse asked to borrow the upper teeth to see what he would look like wearing them. The horse apparently loved these new teeth so much that he ran away and did not give them back. The water buffalo was unfortunately too slow to get his teeth back!

Want to see how this water buffalo uses its dental pad? Check out our Facebook video.

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Animal Corner — California Kingsnakes https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-california-kingsnakes/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-california-kingsnakes/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:04:44 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=7499 more »]]> california kingsnakeYou have heard of California king beds — now meet California Kingsnakes! These are nonvenomous found along the northern part of Mexico and western United States. They live in a large variety of places: forests, grasslands, marshes, farmlands, deserts, and even suburban neighborhoods, just to name a few. California Kingsnakes mostly live on the ground, but they have been known to climb shrubs and low tree branches. They earned their name from their habit of feeding occasionally on other snakes, making them “king” of the snakes!

As for their looks, California Kingsnakes can either have a single stripe going down their bodies or multiple stripes across their bodies. Many come in black and white, black and yellow, brown and white, or brown and yellow. However, in captivity many are bred to create different color morphs. One popular color morph is creating an albino California Kingsnake!

To protect themselves, California Kingsnakes release a strong and musky odor. They will also smear their attacker with fecal matter (gross, but undoubtedly effective!) and make a sound similar to a Rattlesnake rattle. Strangely enough, California Kingsnakes are immune to Rattlesnake venom. Not a bad defense trait to have, if we do say so ourselves!

Want to see a California Kingsnake up close? Come on out to the park! Even if you are not a snake fan in general, you will want to pass up the chance to see the “king of all snakes” for yourself!

 

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Animal Corner — Emus https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-emus/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-emus/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:47:38 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=6967 more »]]> WAS GA Spring BreakAlthough the emu in the pic is just a baby, it will not be that small for long! When it comes to size, emus come in second to ostriches for the title of “Largest Bird in the World.” Adult emus reach heights between five and six feet tall, and weigh between 90 and 130 pounds. This makes them the largest birds in their native Australia. Even though they come in second worldwide, they are definitely not slouches in the slightest!

Like ostriches, emus are flightless birds. They mainly feast on flowers, insects, berries, and grains. They require large amounts of water daily, drinking anywhere from two to four gallons. One very interesting fact about emus is how male and female emus do not share the same vocalizations. Males grunt pig-like, whereas females make a booming, bongo drum-esque noise.

Our emus are popular fixtures in our drive-thru. In fact, they often hang around the front gate, making them some of the first animals visitors see once they enter the drive-thru! Have you had any memorable experiences with our emus? Maybe you have heard them make their unique sounds? If so, then please share your stories in the comments below — we look forward to reading them!

 

 

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Animal Corner – The Short-Eared Owl https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-the-short-eared-owl/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/animal-corner-the-short-eared-owl/#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2016 03:19:44 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=6402 more »]]> Owl

Photo Credit: Tupulak

It is easy to guess how the Short-Eared Owl got his name! This owl is known for their extremely short ears, which are so short that they are barely visible. They still have excellent hearing and are actually great communicators. They make a range of sounds, such as hooting, barking, hissing and squeaking sounds.

The Short-Eared Owl can grow up 15 inches and are usually a mottled brown or tawny. They have large heads and short necks and powerful hooked bills. They live in open areas, like grasslands, where they will actually rest on the ground.

The Short-Eared Owl feeds on various insects, rats, rabbits and various other small mammals. Even though they tend to hunt at night, they will also hunt in the day when their prey is plentiful. They’ll fly just above the ground while they look for food, which is quite a site to see if you’re lucky enough to witness it!

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Sloth https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/sloth/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/sloth/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:45:50 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=6431 Sloths are popular for being very slow-moving animals. They live in jungles in South and Central America, and they feast on leaves, buds and grass shoots. Their claws act as their main defense mechanism, and in many cases, algae grows on their bodies to provide camouflage.

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California Kingsnake https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/california-kingsnake/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/california-kingsnake/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:34:54 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=6429 The California Kingsnake is found along the West Coast and even into Mexico. It is nonvenomous, and it comes in many different colors and striping patterns thanks to crossbreeding in captivity. The California Kingsnake’s most popular coloring and patterns are black-and-white and ruby red-eyed.

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Carpet Python https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/carpet-python/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/carpet-python/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:24:04 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=6427 The Carpet Python is a very large type of Python, reaching between 6.5 and 13 feet long and weighing up to 33 pounds. They can be black- or olive-colored, with gold, cream or white markings and patterning all over. They can be found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia.

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Owl Monkey https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/owl-monkey/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/owl-monkey/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:12:12 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=6425 Owl Monkeys are also known as Night Monkeys, because they are the only nocturnal monkey species. They are native to Panama and South America. They have large brown eyes which magnify their ability to see well at night. Owl Monkeys make up to eight distinct vocal sounds to communicate.

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Tamarin Monkey https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/tamarin-monkey/ https://animalsafari.com/Georgia/tamarin-monkey/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:05:18 +0000 http://animalsafari.com/Georgia/?p=6423 Tamarin Monkeys can be found in Central and South American rainforests and other forest areas. Their colors range, from completely black to mixtures of black, white and brown. Many have facial hair that resembles mustaches. Tamarin Monkeys typically live in groups of 40, made up of one or two families.

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