Meet the Suntrap Animals

Our animals are very important to us.  Read here on how they help us to promote environmental learning.

The Walthamstow Garden Party is a virtual event this year, in the spirit of the festival we've put together four projects about some of our favourite Suntrap animals; the fire saiamander, Cynitha the corn snake, giant millipede and Sasha the Russian tortoise.  

For each animal there's a video, a fact sheet, a craft or art activity and a test your knowledge quiz. 

 

  • Salamander

    Our resident gentle fire salamanders are fascinating amphibians which are naturally found under rocks, logs or holes in the forests of Europe and Africa. Click on the link below to find out more facts, watch a short film, test your salamander knowledge or get tips for drawing this colourful creature.

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  • Snake

    Cynthia the corn snake is our friendly resident born in 2005. Corn Snakes are found in the corn fields of North and South Carolina in the USA. Find out more by watching our film about one of our favourite Suntrap animals, or trying out a reptile quiz, you can even try making a snake bookmark.

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  • Giant Millipede

    Millipedes are a group of arthropods that are characterised by having two pairs of joined legs on most body segments. Find out more by watching our film this amazing invertebrate, try going on your own mini beast hunt or make a wooden spoon millipede!

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  • Tortoise

    Our Tortoise Sasha, is a fairly new addition to the Suntrap pets. He loves outdoor adventures on sunny days but isn't old enough to visit schools yet. Watch a film of Sasha along with some craft activities.

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  • African land snails

    Our amazing giant African land snails have a slimy foot, a hard shell and are fascinating to watch and handle. Click on the link below to find out more about these invertebrates, use our snail writing frame and have a go at some spiral natural art. 

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  • Indian Stick Insects

    Indian Stick Insects are great at hide and seek as they are so well camouflaged in their habitat. Click below to find out more about these fascinating invertebrates, be creative with a natural art activity and explore how our stick insects are different to other ones around the world. 

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  • Rabbit

    Chip our sweet rabbit was named by visitors at one of our open days. She is now quite an old lady, so she has a quiet life here at Suntrap and doesn't go on outreach visits.

    More info coming soon!
  • Chickens

    We have a variety of wonderful chickens at Suntrap. In the evenings they roost in their comfy pens, and during the day they have free range of the Suntrap gardens. They unfortunately do not go on outreach visits, they're too fast and like to keep an eye on things here at Suntrap!

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  • Madagascan hissing cockroach

    The Madagascan hissing cockroach is a friendly and endearing creature found on the forest floor in Madagascar. Have you heard the noise they make? Click the link below to find out more, have a go at making a salt dough animal and build a food web of amazing animals from Madagascar. 

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