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These Videos Let You See Some of Our Various Beasts (Snakes, Lizards, African Flower & Fruit Beetles, Tarantulas, Millipedes, Scorpion & Cockroaches).

Some Come Out with Meet The Beasts on Visits & Some are Kept Simply as Pets.

There is always a natural turnover of animals, especially with minibeasts which may only live for a short time (a few months in some cases like the fruit beetles).

This selection of videos gives you an insight into our animals when they are on their own, away from the various businesses, schools, community & public events & parties that we attend. Some have long since passed on & some are still with us.

We will update these as new animals arrive & new video opportunities present themselves.

In the meantime, enjoy nature close-up, without the glass, hands-on.

Use these links to access videos of our different animals:



More videos can be viewed on our new Meet The Beasts YouTube Channel


[Meet The Beasts]"The students were left 'buzzing' and thoroughly enjoyed your sessions. Your enthusiasm and patience made the sessions even more enjoyable. Your range of reptiles made it very different to other sessions that are available and we appreciated the extras you did. We look forward to working with you again in the near future."

Science Teacher: Rushey Mead School, Leicester


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We have a number of different species of snakes, from our small comical Western Hognose to Geoff, our large young Boa Constrictor. Each with their own personality & temperament, our snakes are always popular in our workshops.



Banded California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae)


Meet George, Our Banded California Kingsnake. He doesn't make many trips out now as he is 22-years-old old & finds co-ordination of some body movements rather difficult (although his does not appear to be in any discomfort & his vet is happy that he still zooms about, eats, poos & enjoys his space).

Evidence that something was not right started when he was about 10-years-old when he began to 'attack' himself (as shown in this video).




Brazilian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria)


Meet Burtie (Burtie-Bob-Bungle), Our Young Brazilian Rainbow Boa. Burtie is no longer with us but this video shows what a beautiful boy he was.


Eating his first meal with us.




Geoff The BoaTM Common Boa (Boa constrictor imperator)


Meet Geoff The BoaTM, Our Common Boa. Geoff is one of our most popular animals by virtue of his size & gentleness. He does nothing quickly (except strike) & really enjoys human company & being handled.


a. Getting ready to eat his evening meal (Notice the rocking head motion which shows that he has smelt his prey. All he needs to do now is locate it, which he did immediately after this video).




b. Geoff The BoaTM enjoying fresh air & sunshine




Blairs Phase Grey Banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna blairi)


Meet Lucy, Our Gentle Blair's Phase Grey Banded Kingsnake. We took Lucy in as a rescue snake due to slightly deformed spine, but she lived happily with for 20 years before passing away. She was always popular at events even though she was quite wriggly.


Here she is enjoying sunshine & fresh air.




Chihuahua Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropel. pyromelana knoblochi)


Meet Eric, Our Chihuahua Mountain Kingsnake. Beautiful colours & small size made Eric popular at our events. Although very gentle, he was quite wriggly & musked the occasional handler (definitely NOT the same musk made by Calvin Kline)!! Passed away aged 19-Years.


Here he is enjoying sunshine & fresh air.




Yellow x Grey Rat Snake Cross (Elaphe spp.)


Meet Jigsaw, Our Yellow x Grey Rat Snake Cross. She used to be quite unpredictable & defensive but then calmed-down into a beautiful friendly snake. Jigsaw died aged 20-years.

Here she is trying to pluck up courage to come out of her tank but not quite making it!



[Meet the Beasts]"One little girl who had been suffering from heart palpitations & sweats of fear over the past two days at the thought of seeing a snake, left today with a smile on her face as she told me she'd held Geoff the Boa, by herself FIVE times! Her mum won't believe it until we show her the photo!"

Teacher; Broadfields Primary School, Edgware, London





Our small collection of lizards is, nevertheless, very interesting. Leopard Geckos & Australian Inland Bearded Dragon are our mainstay. Always very popular at our events these mini dinosaurs are very gentle & quite comical. If you look carefully when we visit you can see daylight straight through their head!



Rankins Bearded Dragon (Pogona henrylawsoni)


Meet Boris, our young Rankins Bearded Dragon. A smaller cousin of the Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) he's always popular at events & spends much of the day sat on Stuart's shoulder. Prone to pooing unexpectedly, Boris is guaranteed to bring surprises. Fierce-looking but very gentle & placid ... even dozy & very funny.


a. Hand Feeding

Here's Boris feeding from our hand.




b. Feeding

Here's Boris being a bit hesitant about eating his dinner, until he sees them move!




c. Eating Banana

Here's Boris not hesitating about eating a banana!



[Meet The Beasts]"I NEVER thought I could touch a snake, let alone hold it. Thank you for your patience. You don't realise how much of an achievement for me this is!"

Teacher in Staff Room; Bush Hill Primary School, Enfield






We have a wide range of tarantulas, from smaller to larger, from dull to intense colours, from placid to very defensive. Here are a few videos showing some of our spiders in action. More will be added as we get chance to see them in their habitats. We do not handle any of our tarantulas.


Singapore Blue Tarantula (Lampropelma violaceopes)


Meet Our Female Singapore Blue Tarantula. She was very pretty but also very fast.

Sometimes we would see her feeding.  At other times, as in this video, she'd come out to do a bit of tidying-up & rearranging. Sadly our little lady died quite recently, but we're leaving her video here so you can enjoy her beautiful colours.




Brazilian White Knee Tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata)


Meet Our Male Brazilian White Knee Tarantula. He was pretty big with a leg-span of nearly 8-inches (20cm), was very fast & quite defensive. He died shortly after this video was shot. Male tarantulas do not live nearly as long as their female counterparts.


a. Spinning a Sperm Web

Mature male tarantulas spin a sperm web in preparation for mating. Although we don't have a female, our male certainly knows what he wants.




b. Inside His Sperm Web

Here he is lying inside his sperm web with close-up shots of his pedipalps & fangs.




c. Catching Dinner

This gives you an idea of how fast tarantulas can move if they want to. In this short video, our Brazilian White Knee catches a cricket (taken when he was still a juvenile).



[Meet the Beasts]"Our Foundation students were spellbound. They don't get chance to see such lovely animals up-close, certainly not to touch & hold them. We're going on an outing to a local adventure park next week & I think many more will now want to visit the reptile & insect houses. Thank you."

Teacher;  Bush Hill Primary School, Enfield, London



Green Bottle Blue Tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens)


Meet Our Male Green Bottle Blue tarantula. He was quite old (5-years) when he died. This video was shot catching dinner when he was younger.

As you will see, he can move rather quickly.




Philippine Orange Tarantula (Orphnaecus philippinus)


Meet our Philippine Orange tarantula, formerly Selenobrachys philippinus but re-classified to Orphnaecus philippinus.

This lady is very slow growing but very fast moving & defensive. But, in this video you can see how she is able to stay perfectly still (especially when the camera is rolling!). A beautiful tarantula. Now 19-years-old & still going strong. She does not come out on our visits.




Indian Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria regalis)


Meet Our Indian Ornamental Tarantula. These large, wonderfully coloured, tree-dwelling tarantulas are fast, defensive & have significant though not fatal venom (typically causing a lot of discomfort, swelling & fever).

This short video, shot when she was younger, shows how keen her senses are, as a cricket is lowered towards the hide without touching anything. We call this 'hand feeding' as it's as close as we'll get! Still going strong with a leg span of around 9 to 10-inches , she stays at home.




Orange Baboon Tarantula 'OBT' (Pterinochilus murinus)


Meet Our Young Orange Baboon Tarantula. These notoriously defensive spiders (OBT can also stand for 'Orange Bitey Thing') have beautiful golden bodies & legs. Like most African spiders they are highly defensive & prone to bite.

Here's a short video of our OBT catching a cricket when she was still very young. She grew to a leg-span of over 4-inches (10cm) but sadly died during a moult.



[Meet the Beasts]"Wow! What a day. There have been some miracles today as the least likely children have run up & told me they've handled a snake. Great service with real sensitivity. We loved the way you worked at each individual child's pace. Thank you so much."

NH; Teacher; Gateway Primary School, Westminster, London





We love our millipedes! It's always fascinating watching them co-ordinate the movement of over 300 legs as they walk, effortlessly around their enclosures. Most produce a strong-smelling, toxic liquid which they secrete through their skins as a means of defence. On contact with the skin it can cause staining, irritation & rashes.

Here are some videos showing the diversity of millipedes we have kept. In a few of the videos you will see woodlice which we keep in the tanks to reduce mould & fungus. They are also great 'Hoovers' for left-over food.


Cameroon Gold Stripe Millipede (Pelmatoiulus sp)


Meet One of Our Cameroon Gold Striped Millipedes. These large, stocky, powerful millipedes love to burrow. These have since died at around 3-years after we purchased them (actual age unknown).


a. Burrowing

This first video shows how efficiently these millipedes can burrow & disappear underground




b. Walking

This clip shows the beautiful wave-like motions of the millipede's legs as it walks. They are surprisingly fast once they start moving.




Madagascan Fire Millipede (Aphistogoniulus corralipes)


Meet Our colourful Madagascan Fire Millipedes. With their striking red-orange bodies & yellow legs they really do light-up our millipede tank. Quite short-lived we have had several pairs of these beautiful animals but none have bred.

Here's a short video showing one of our fire millipedes settling in to its new home. Beautiful.




Tanzanian Pink Legged Millipede (Dendrostreptus macracanthus)


Meet Our Tanzanian Pink-Legged Millipedes. These active millipedes have striking pink legs & black (often glossy) bodies. They spend a lot of time near or on the surface & also like to climb. They move a lot quicker than you would expect! Died at around 5-years-old.

This is a short video showing one of our Tanzanian Pink Legged Millipedes out for a stroll around its tank. Fascinating.



[Meet the Beasts]"Hi Stuart, Thanks so much for Saturday it was a really great session. You had a really lovely way with the children and I know they had a fantastic time (no one ever expected them all to stay engaged for the full hour). The centre staff were really impressed and already talking about trying to book you again for some of there other groups. I will also send your details on to our link at the council so they forward it on to other similar projects. Best Wishes."

Holiday Club Leader; HandMade Theatre, Nottingham



Philippine Gold Striped Millipede


Meet our Philippine Gold-Striped Millipede. Sadly no longer with us, this short video gives you an idea of just how quickly millipedes can move when they want to. This was a lovely specimen; very shiny & always active (although it enjoyed burrowing & stayed underground for most of the time). Like most millipedes it could be seen bumbling around after dark.




Malaysian Black White-Legged Millipede


Meet Our Malaysian Black & White-Legged Millipede. Again sadly no longer with us, this is another example of the variety in shape, colour, size & appearance of millipedes. Very active & spent quite a lot of time below surface.




Giant African Train Millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas)


Meet Our Tanzanian Giant Train Millipede. Sadly, these do not seem to breed well in captivity so many are still wild-caught. Although this adult is no longer with us, but gives you some idea of their size.

This is a short video which captures the leg movements & gives you an idea of how big they can grow (this was by no means fully grown).




African African Olive Millipede (Spirostreptida gregarious)


Meet Our Young African Olive Millipede (Spirostreptida gregarious). Quite short-lived, you can see the beautiful olive colour in the light, with darker body bands & lighter legs.



[Meet the Beasts]"Hi Stuart Thank you so much for coming in and everything that you did with the pupils. They absolutely loved it! We will definitely be looking at booking for events with you both! Thank you for the pictures, I will have a look now :)"

Teacher; St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley, Wigan





African Flower Beetle (Eudicella trilineata interruptefasciata)


Meet our African Flower Beetles. Although short-lived, we love these beautiful, brightly-coloured beetles.

As you will see from the videos below, they are great fun to keep & watch, especially due to their unpredictable behaviour.


a. Flying Lessons




b. Bumbling Around




c. Grooming




d. Flying Again




d. Beetle Tai Chi?




e. Our captive Bred Colony of Beetles Grows




Giant African Fruit Beetle (Eudicella aethiopica)


Our Giant African Fruit Beetles (Eudicella aethiopica) were also short-lived, beautiful, brightly-coloured beetles.




African Jewel Beetles


Our African Jewel Beetles were very shy but well-worth waiting for as they had beautiful, metallic, iridescent shells which reflected different colours depending on which angle they are viewed from.

As you can imagine, catching them on video was not always easy as they spent a lot of time hiding & even if they were on the top, would dive underground for cover if disturbed.  Our collection grew but we discovered the hard way that some beetle larvae eat others!


Purple Jewel Beetle (Smagdethnes africana oertzani)


Our African Purple Jewel Beetles (Smagdethnes africana oertzani) had an intense purple shell, which when viewed in bright light or from different angles also reflected iridescent shades of turquoise blue. Truly spectacular!


a. Alone




b. With Eudicella aethiopica



[Meet the Beasts]"Mummy! Mummy! I've held two snakes today"

Pupil; Broadfields Primary School, Edgware, London



Green Jewel Beetle (Chlorocala africana africana)


Our African Green Jewel Beetles (Chlorocala africana africana) had an intense green shell, which when viewed in bright light or from different angles also reflected iridescent shades of yellow & orange. Lovely! Bred for two generations then stopped.






Finally, here's a 'bonus video' that Stuart took in a local pet shop of a baby chameleon that sort of 'ran' when it saw me through the glass. You can probably hear him chuckling on the video.



[Meet the Beasts]"We've had other groups doing similar things with our students before, but none of them engaged them like you did.  Thank you and we'll definitely be in touch again in future!"

Teacher: Abington High School, Leicester



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Dr Stuart Wood
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31 Burder Street
LE11 1JH

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