Meet Our Animals

We have 4 types of animals

The health and wellbeing of our animals is of the highest importance and we do everything we can to put the welfare of our animals first.

At Quirks Animal Roadshows, we mainly focus on 4 types of animals; reptiles, invertebrates, furries and amphibians. These animals are often part of school curriculums, which make children more curious about them. Children feel excited by handling them on their own whilst learning new things about them. Meet our animals here.

chickens

Maizy (Middle)

  • white rabbit logo

    Animal Category
    Furries

  • Common Name
    Chickens

  • Scientific Name:
    Gallus domesticus

Maizy, Mummy chicken, Daddy Chicken and Lily Chicken was found wandering around a lake, notices were put up but no one claimed her, so she was given to us to join our flock. She has proven to be a very friendly chicken, but sadly her egg-laying days are now over, producing just the inside with no shell. Daddy Chicken (black), Mummy Chicken (grey) and Lily Chicken (white) where chosen by us from the farm where they were bred. Personalities are not lacking in the flock as they all show different characteristics and get into mischief at any chance given. After a slow start they now lay large, very tasty eggs.

large lizard on grass

Dusty

  • white lizard logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name
    Bosc Monitor

  • Scientific Name:
    Varanus Exanthematicus

This is Dusty enjoying an egg. He is a Bosc Monitor and our largest lizard at around 3 foot long and weighing over 3kg at the moment. He came to us as a rescue having been under fed, so we do not know his age or if he will get to his full size (an impressive potential of 5 foot, but most commonly just over 4 foot). He is a friendly lizard but does have a tendency to poo on people if he wants to be put down

hedgehog

Consuela

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    Animal Category
    Furries

  • Common Name
    African Pygmy Hedgehog

  • Scientific Name 
    Atelerix albiventris

Consuela used to live with her sister Nyala, but when they matured they were separated so they would not fight. Nyala has since been re-homed with a friend of ours. Consuela loves to run around in her wheel, and if not oiled the squeak will drive the house mad overnight.

brown lizard in hand

Red

  • white lizard logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name
    Blue Tongue Skink

  • Scientific Name:
    Tiliqua Scincoides

Despite the small legs Red can move faster than most people expect. He loves to lay in the sunshine on warm days and will take every chance to run off when he can. He loves eating snails and the odd treat of cream.

black and white rabbit

Cotton-Tail

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    Animal Category
    Furries

  • Common Name 
    Rabbit

  • Scientific Name:
    Oryctolagus Cuniculus

Cotton-Tail is a character-some little bunny who loves to dig burrows, laze around in the sun and chew just about anything. Cotton-Tail was hand reared by us after being rejected by her mother, along with her siblings, Flopsy and Mopsy.

snake

Pretzel

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    Animal Category
    Reptile

  • Common Name 
    Bull Snake

  • Scientific Name:
     Pituophis Catenifer Sayi

Pretzel has a relatively small head in comparison to his body size which is to do with the habitat he would live in in the wild. Pretzel was given his name because he tied himself into a knot that made himself look like a Pretzel when we first brought him home. Bull snakes are also commonly known as Gopher snakes too.

holding a scorpion

The Claw & Mr Pinchy

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    Animal Category
    Invertebrates

  • Common Name 
    Emperor Scorpion

  • Scientific Name
    Pandinus imperator

Despite the small legs Red can move faster than most people expect. He loves to lay in the sunshine on warm days and will take every chance to run off when he can. He loves eating snails and the odd treat of cream.

iguana

Woo

  • white lizard logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name 
    Chinese Water Dragon

  • Scientific Name
    Physignathus Cocincinus

Woo was given to us after his owner decided that she could no longer give him the care he needed. He was given his name by our Daughter who was about 18 months old at the time. Woo loves relaxing in his pond and really enjoys eating locust and cockroaches.

chameleon blending in

George McPinchy

  • white lizard logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name 
    Veiled / Yemens Chameleon

  • Scientific Name
    Chamaeleo Calyptratus

George McPinchy earned his second name by holding on really tight. George is a very friendly Chameleon that enjoys exploring and eating lots of yummy locust, cockroaches and crickets. When George was just a few weeks old, he had a chunk bitten off his back by a sibling. His casque is a bit deformed which we believe he may have done by rubbing against a heat bulb before he came to live with us. His favourite place to be is on top of people’s head. He likes to hold on tightly to their hair and look around.

insect

Henry & Friends

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    Animal Category
    Invertebrates

  • Common Name 
    Death Head CockRoach

  • Scientific Name
    Blaberus Craniifer

These cockroaches have wings, but don’t often use them. They are much faster than the Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches.

insect

Sid & Friends

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    Animal Category
    Invertebrates

  • Common Name 
    Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

  • Scientific Name
    Gromphadorhina Portentosa

These little guys hiss to make themselves sound big and scary like snakes.

centipede

Bounty

  • white spider logo

    Animal Category
    Invertebrates

  • Common Name 
    Giant African Millipede

  • Scientific Name
    Archispirostreptus Gigas

Bounty is named so because she is brown on the outside and white on the inside – just like the chocolate bar. Can you guess how many legs she has...?

holding a snake

Humbug

  • white snake logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name 
    Corn Snake

  • Scientific Name
    Pantherophis Guttatus

The corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus), or red rat snake, is a North American species of rat snake that subdues its small prey by constriction. The name "corn snake" is a holdover from the days when southern farmers stored harvested ears of corn in a wood frame or log building called a crib. Rats and mice came to the corn crib to feed on the corn, and corn snakes came to feed on the rodents. The Oxford English Dictionary cites this usage as far back as 1676.

Corn snakes are found throughout South Eastern and central United States. Their docile nature, reluctance to bite, moderate adult size 3.9–6.0 feet (1.2–1.8 m), attractive pattern, and comparatively simple care make them popular pet snakes. In the wild, they usually live around 6–8 years, but in captivity can live to be up to 23 years old

snake on a log

Ruby

  • white snake logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name
    Red Tailed Boa Constrictor

  • Scientific Name
    Boa Constrictor

Ruby is a lovely boa who likes to climb and hang around on trees (and people too). When she is coming up to shed her skin, she sometimes gets a little bit scared because she can't see as much as she normally can (this is because the skin over her eyes becomes all cloudy) and when this happens she sometimes makes a loud hissing noise (that sounds a bit like a wave machine) to warn other animals and people to stay away from her.

tarantula

Boris

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    Animal Category
    Invertebrates

  • Common Name 
    Chilean Rose Tarantula

  • Scientific Name
    Boa Constrictor

The Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea), also known as the Chilean flame tarantula, Chilean fire tarantula or the Chilean red-haired tarantula or the Chilean rose hair tarantula (depending on the colour morph), originates in the northern Atacama Desert region of Chile, where it lives in the driest deserts on earth. G. rosea is a common pet of tarantula rearers. Females have been known to live as long as 15–20 years, but due to the limited time they have been available on the market (and hence for extensive study) it is possible that they may live considerably longer than 20 years.

brown snake

Feather

  • white snake logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name 
    Common Boa Constrictor

  • Scientific Name
    Boa Constrictor

Feather is a fairly calm boa constrictor who loves to be out and about on warm, sunny, summer days. She likes to cling on to people as if they were trees in the rainforest.

soloman

Solomon

  • white frog logo

    Animal Category
    Amphibians

  • Common Name 
    Eastern Tiger Salamander

  • Scientific Name
    Ambystoma Tigrinum

Solomon’s favourite things to do are hunt crickets and locust.

pale green frog

Edward

  • white frog logo

    Animal Category
    Amphibians

  • Common Name 
    White's Tree Frog

  • Scientific Name
    Litoria Caerulea

Edward is a young white’s tree frog who has plenty of growing to do. White’s tree frogs are named after the scientist that first discovered them, not after their colouring.

bearded dragon

Rioja

  • white lizard logo

    Animal Category
    Reptiles

  • Common Name 
    Chilean Rose Tarantula

  • Scientific Name
    Pogona Vitticeps

Rioja is one of our Bearded Dragons. She has a lovely red area under her chin and neck.

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