New Forest Reptile Centre

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Things To Do Category: Free Places to VisitThings To Do Tags: England and Hampshire

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  • In the New Forest Reptile Centre, you can find all the lizards, snakes, toads and frogs – native to the UK mainland – in one place. That’s pretty amazing.

    The reptile centre is not big, it consists of pods with netting over the top, which houses all British reptiles and amphibians in their natural environment.

    New Forest Reptile Centre finding amphibians and reptiles

    With the exception of adders, the animals in the reptile centre are shy and elusive. This means it might pay off to be patient and to have a good old look.

    You might just see something move through the grass, or find someone’s hiding place!

    Sometimes it takes a good look to find the amphibians and reptiles. Smooth snakes and sand lizards are rare in the UK and the reptile centre is a great place to see both.

    Animals in the New Forest Reptile Centre:

    Common toads. They are flat, fat and warty.

    Green frogs. They are large but not always green!

    Cumbrian Natterjack toads. These are being bred in the New Forest Reptile Centre and released into the wild.

    Common Frogs. These have a smooth skin and are smaller than common toads.

    Common Lizards. You might see one basking in the sun!

    Sand Lizards. They are rare and are being bred in the New Forest Reptile Centre

    Slow Worms. They are lizards disguised as snakes!

    Smooth snakes.  They are rare and also hard to spot. They look a lot like slow worms, which is happen to be their favourite food. Look out for a definite neck and their ace of cubs marking on their head.

    Grass snakes. These harmless snakes like water and are the largest of the snakes in the UK.

    Adders are the UK’s only venomous snake, though humans are rarely bitten.

    New Forest Reptile Centre Factsheet

    Have a look at this great Factsheet from the Forestry Commission England, which gives you lots of information on the reptiles and amphibians in the New Forest Reptile Centre. You can also print it and bring it along on your visit.

    During the summer ‘a date with nature’ is on, when you can ask the ranger questions about the animals in the reptile centre.

    New Forest Reptile Centre Nature Trail

    There is a nature trail called the reptile trail, which starts and ends at the New Forest Reptile Centre. We walked it and the children loved it! It is only a mile long so easy for young and old.

    Don’t forget to print out this fun discovery trail sheet from the Forestry Commission. It will make the trail even more interesting!

    Though the Reptile Centre is free, please consider donating to the centre by buying a parking ticket.

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  • Kind of attraction:
    • Zoos or Wildlife Parks
    • Woodlands
    Possible things children can do at this attraction are::
    • Walking
    • Tree climbing
    • Activity trail
    • Nature trail
    • Wildlife spotting
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    Free parking, but please consider making a donation by buying a parking ticket.

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  • Kind of attraction:
    • Zoos or Wildlife Parks
    • Woodlands
  • Last entry time::

    Open every day.
    A date with nature from 10am to 4.30pm until 28th September 2018

  • Entrance Price::

    Free, but please consider making a donation by buying a parking ticket.

  • Food and Drink Options::

    Great for picnics!