Our Nocturnal and Exotics House opened in 2020 and offers the opportunity to meet some fascinating exotic and nocturnal creatures, many of which  you can’t see anywhere else in Essex. Find out more about fruit bats, sugar guilders, skunk, tenrec, hedgehogs, snakes, tree frogs, chameleon, lizards, toads, turtles and more. Join the daily talks at 11am & 3pm for up close encounters.

Fruit Bats

We have a colony of nine male and female bats which are breeding.

They spend most of their time hanging out together eating fruit and cleaning each other.

They are a must see when coming to Barleylands Farm Park.

Skunk

We have a beautiful American Striped Skunk called Primrose.

She is a very friendly young skunk who loves food and long naps using her tail as a blanket.

Sugar Guilders

We have a female called Lilo and a male called Stitch who are an adorable couple.

They love tucking into fruit, veg and bugs. You can find them snuggling together on a branch or running on their wheel.

Jerboa

We have a male Jerboa called Jerry who shares his environment with the fruit bats.

He has full range of the floor with hides, bushes and dishes of his favourite food- kale.

Tenrec

We have a female Tenrec called Marge, she is a hairy mammal with a very powerful sense of smell.

She is a team favourite and can be often found having a snooze with a full belly of grubs.

Hedgehog

Sonic is our male Large Eared Hedgehog who is very nimble and has a fluffy chest.

He loves hiding in his environment but can be tempted out with a bug or two.

Lizards

We have wide range of wonderful lizards such as frilled lizards who are called Richard and David, two Casque-Headed Iguanas, two Egyptian Spiny-tailed lizards and two Madagascan day geckos.

The team have designed each of their environments to reflect their natural habitats, this turns spotting them into a game.

Snakes

We have four breeds of snake living in the Exotic Area, including an African House Snake called Neils, Green Tree Pythons called Qwen and Gareth, two Boa Constrictors called Neville and Lune, and a Dwarf Reticulated Python called Banana.

Frogs

Our fascinating frogs include Borneo Eared Frogs, Boris and Belinda, an African Bull Frog called Barry, a White Tree Frog called Tim and Copes Grey Tree Frogs.

The frogs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, some are only as big as your finger nail.

Chameleon

We have a Mellers Chameleon called Craig, he the star of the show and had amazing accuracy when having a locus snack.

His eyes can move separately and change his skin colour to reflect his surroundings.

Skink

We have a Blue Tongued Skink called Bert-yes he does have a blue tongue.

Toad

We currently have a Colorado river toad called Carl, he loves his grubs and a warm moist hide to nap in.

Insects

See what you can spot from Giant African Land Snails to a tail-less whip scorpion, Madagascan hissing cockroaches, Asian forest scorpion and giant African millipedes.

Amphibians

We have an Axolotl called Arnold and a Tiger Salamander called Randle, they are very interesting creatures with skin that feels gummy.