Gnasher and Gnipper are aquarium’s new ‘little and large’

One of the  two West African dwarf crocodiles at St Andrews Aquarium. Photo: Julia Broadfoot.
One of the two West African dwarf crocodiles at St Andrews Aquarium. Photo: Julia Broadfoot.
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St Andrews Aquarium has extended its aquatic family with the addition of some little and large reptiles.

Joining over 100 animals at the aquarium, two West African dwarf crocodiles and two Burmese pythons have made themselves at home at the aquarium.

'Eddie' one of the Burmese pythons which has just arrived at St Andrews Aquarium. Photo: Angus Forbes

'Eddie' one of the Burmese pythons which has just arrived at St Andrews Aquarium. Photo: Angus Forbes

The latest additions come as the aquarium undertook the first stage of an ambitious refurbishment earlier this year, with stage two beginning over the winter months. The newest family members have already been receiving plenty of interest from visitors.

Usually residing in swamps in Sub-Saharan West Africa, the West African dwarf crocodile is the smallest in the world, only growing up to four feet nine inches. With black scales and a yellow underside, they are very distinctive creatures, the likes of which St Andrews has never seen.

Named after popular Beano characters Gnasher and Gnipper, the two newest additions are settling in well to their new surroundings.

Joining them are two Burmese pythons, including a beautiful butterscotch yellow albino called Eddie.

Thought to be one of the top five largest snake breeds in the world, Eddie had to be re-homed into the newly built enclosure after growing to 15 feet, making him the longest known snake in Scotland.

Burmese Pythons originate from Southern Asia and are known to be keen swimmers, so Eddie and his friend Sid will fit right in at the aquarium!

John Mace, manager at St Andrews Aquarium, commented:“We’re delighted to have added these beautiful creatures to our ever-growing family at St Andrews Aquarium and we think that our visitors will agree that they are something special. We offer a great range of animals in all shapes and sizes at the aquarium and, combined with our brilliant feeding experiences, there’s lots to see and do!

He continued:“Having already undergone some extensive refurbishment earlier this year, enabling us to house these wonderful new species, we also introduced a state-of-the-art 360 degree viewing clownfish tank where visitors can experience what it is like having the fish swimming all around you. There’s more improvements coming over the winter so it’s an exciting time for S Andrews Aquarium.”

The animals have been introduced as part of an ongoing refurbishment, which will see the tropical and marine fish zone will be completely renovated over the winter period.