LONDON AGAIN – Battersea zoo and flea market

All these days were so beautifully full. We walked and we explored places. I knew Battersea park already. It is 5-10 minutes drive by underground from Victoria. But never I knew that the park has become family friendly. There are new playgrounds around there now and amazing small zoo as well. I had to see it. And so one day, I think it was Friday or Saturday. we went to explore the zoo. The entrance fee is 8 pounds for adults, it is free however only for kids less than 2 years old. But maybe family tickets can help. As I have my amazing little grandson now, we went to this family friendly place, of course. As for me, I was stunned to see the biggest snail in the world.

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They are

Giant African Snail

Sometimes referred to as the Giant African Land Snail and other times known as the Giant Ghana Snail, this enormous mollusc is the largest land snail in the world.

 

How big can it get?

The longest recorded specimen was 35 centimetres (14 inches) in length and weighed a full kilogram. Whilst few grow to this size, it is still vastly larger than those snails native to the United Kingdom or those that are served on plates in Paris.

 

What does it eat?

In short, plants. Any plants. It may enjoy fruit, vegetables, and even cuttlefish, but this titan is known to dine on more than 500 different plants.

 

How dangerous is it?

These snails are harmless towards humans. They have become a favourite amongst pet collectors also.

 

How many are left?

With its ability to lay as many as 1,200 eggs per year, it isn’t disappearing anytime soon. In fact, it is considered more of a pest than anything, particularly in places like Florida where it is an invasive species and has potential to throw the ecosystem into a tailspin.

 This information I gathered from http://largestfastestsmartest.co.uk/largest-insects-in-the-world-giant-african-snail/

And some snakes, I don’t remember the name :

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But enough about creepies. How about this lovely spider monkey?

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Or emu, the largest bird from Australia and the onlyextant member of the genus Dromaius. It is the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, theostrich. There are three subspecies of emus in Australia. The emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest and arid areas.

The soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. They have long thin necks and legs. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph).Their long legs allow them to take strides of up to 275 centimetres (9.02 ft) They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel long distances to find food; they feed on a variety of plants and insects, but have been known to go for weeks without food

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. More information from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu

I was happy to meet some natives from South America, too. I had never before seen agouti or maybe rather didn’t pay attention to them. Information about this big rabbit or guinea pig, as you like, you can find here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_agouti

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City kids will like domestic animals too, like roosters

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Beautiful, no? And donkeys

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And pigs

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There is a small playground either for kids

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Your choice. Anyway lot to do. Pity that closing time is so close 🙂 But kids will enjoy enormously.

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Without doubt they’ll enjoy also new toys from the Battersea flea market, wich is open every Sunday afternoon, and is a great place for treasure hunters. Entry fee only 50p. Enjoy if in London.

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