Invertebrates

Invertebrates are the most abundant creatures on the planet — comprising more than 97 percent of all known animal species. By definition, an invertebrate is an animal without a backbone. That includes jellyfish, sponges, worms, snails, bees, lobsters, and spiders.

Below is the list of invertebrates on regular view at the Zoo or shown through Animals & You presentations.

Desert Hairy Scorpion
Desert Hairy Scorpion

Commonly thought to be part of the insect family, scorpions are actually classified as arachnids.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Cockroaches have existed for nearly 250 million years and can even survive a strong exposure to radiation.

Sunburst Diving Beetle
Sunburst Diving Beetle

Much like a scuba diver, the sunburst diving beetle carries a store of oxygen with it in an air bubble just below the wings.