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Meet the Animals at Spring Lane

Canterbury College main site and its Spring Lane campus holds over 400 animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and small and large mammals in fully equipped, purpose-built animal centres. Let us introduce you to some of our animals from Animal Management Department at Spring Lane.


Latin name: Ambystoma Mexicanum

A paedomorphic salamander related to the tiger salamander. The species was originally found in several lakes, such as Lake underlying Mexico City. Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that they reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis. Instead of taking to the land, adults remain aquatic and gilled.


Starred Agama

Latin name: Stellagama stellio

Stellagama is a monotypic genus of a agamid lizard, containing the single species, also known as the starred agama or the roughtail rock agama.



Corn Snake

Latin name: Pantherophis guttatus

The corn snake is a North American species of rat snake that subdues its small prey by constriction. It is found throughout the south-eastern and central United States. Though superficially resembling the venomous copperhead and often killed as a result of this mistaken identity, corn snakes lack functional venom and are harmless. Corn snakes are beneficial to humans by helping to control populations of wild rodent pests that damage crops and spread disease.



Bearded Dragon

Latin name: Pogona vitticeps

The central bearded dragon also known as the inland bearded dragon, is a species of agamid lizard found in a wide range of arid to semiarid regions of eastern and central Australia.



Leopard Gecko

Latin name: Eublepharis macularius

Ground-dwelling lizard native to the rocky dry grassland and desert regions of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal.The leopard gecko has become a popular pet, and due to extensive captive breeding it is sometimes referred to as the first domesticated species of lizard.


Fancy Mice

Latin name: Mus musculus

House mice usually run, walk, or stand on all fours, but when eating, fighting, or orienting themselves, they rear up on their hind legs with additional support from the tail – a behaviour known as "tripoding". Mice are good jumpers, climbers, and swimmers.

We have many more Animals at Spring Lane

Find out more about our Animal Management courses here.