Invertebrates at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park2021-05-13T14:59:53+01:00

Introducing our Invertebrates

We have some awesome invertebrates (insects, beetles, snails and more) staying here with us at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park. On a visit you can see all of them up close, our Keepers can tell you all about them and, in some cases, you can have close encounters with them!

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Macleay’s Spectre Stick Insects

Macleay’s Spectre Stick Insects

Also known as the spiny leaf insect can be found in Queensland, Australia and New Guinea. They’re covered in spines used for defence against predators and camouflage. When a breeze blows on them, they sway side to side to mimic a dead leaf. The hooks on their feet allow them to hang.
Sun Beetles

Sun Beetles

These colourful characters originate from tropical Africa. They live on a diet of fruit and nectar as adults. They spend most of their lives as grubs living under the ground and feeding on decomposing plant matter. Once they pupate and change into an adult beetle, they will only live for a few months to reproduce.
Trinidad Bat-Cave Cockroach

Trinidad Bat-Cave Cockroach

Native to Central & South America, these fast moving bugs live in caves under piles of bat guano, which makes up for most of their diet. Mountains of bat poo aren’t frequently found in rural Suffolk, so we feed ours on mostly vegetable matter. They have wings and can fly, though not for very far.
Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches

Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

They say the only things that will survive the apocalypse are cockroaches and Cher….these tough mini-beasts let you know when they’re annoyed by making a loud hissing noise. They’re known for being able to eat almost anything, but in the wild they’ll chow down on rotting fruit and meat.
Giant African Land Snail

Giant African Land Snail

One of the largest terrestrial snails in the world, they have one big foot, two retractable eyes, a bristly tongue that works as a food grater, and they poo through a hole in their neck! What an amazing animal!
Giant African Millipede

Giant African Millipede

Reaching nearly 40 cm in length, this is the largest species of millipede. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t have a thousand legs…more likely to be around 275. Millipedes play a vital role in the rainforest ecosystem as they are detritivores, meaning that they recycle all of the rotting vegetation and leaf litter, turning it back into nutrients for the soil.

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