Reptiles

Reptiles are cold-blooded, usually egg-laying vertebrates (animals with backbones). Their skin is covered with scales or plates. Unlike mammal young, which are dependent upon their mothers for some time after birth, most reptiles are independent from day one.

There are more than 6,500 reptile species. Below is the list of reptiles on regular view at the Zoo or shown through Animals & You presentations.

Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabra Tortoise

The Aldabra is the second largest species of tortoise, being only slightly smaller than the tortoise found on the Galapagos Islands.

American Alligator

American Alligator

Alligators spend much of the day laying in the sun on the banks of rivers, lakes, or other bodies of water, often hiding in the vegetation.

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake

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Armenian Viper

Armenian Viper

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Baja Ratsnake

Baja Ratsnake

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Boelen's Python

Boelen’s Python

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Boyds Forest Dragon

Boyd’s Forest Dragon

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Butaan (Gray's Monitor)

Butaan (Gray’s Monitor)

Until its rediscovery in the 1980s, the butaan was believed to be extinct.

Caiman Lizard

Caiman Lizard

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California Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise

The desert tortoise is a shy, land-dwelling reptile, native to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. They can live up to one hundred years.

California Kingsnake

California Kingsnake

Not only do they slither across the ground, but California kingsnakes are also excellent at climbing trees and swimming.

Cape Cobra

Cape Cobra

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Chuckwalla

Chuckwalla

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Desert Iguana

Desert Iguana

Like many lizards without prehensile tails, the desert iguana can drop their tail–meaning they can detach their tail and grow a new one.

Dwarf Caiman

Dwarf Caiman

The dwarf caiman is the smallest member of the alligator family.

Ethiopian Mountain Adder

Ethiopian Mountain Adder

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European Long-nosed Viper

European Long-nosed Viper

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Fly River Turtle

Fly River Turtle

This turtle is also known as the pig-nosed turtle.

Gaboon Viper

Gaboon Viper

One of the world’s largest and heaviest vipers, the Gaboon viper also has the longest fangs of any venomous snake.

Giant Horned Lizard

Giant Horned Lizard

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Gila Monster

Gila Monster

Gila monsters have remained essentially unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the world.

Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake

These non-venomous snakes are popular with farmers because they consume crop-damaging rodents.

Green Tree Python

Green Tree Python

The green tree python’s similarities to the emerald tree boa are an example of convergent evolution.

Green Vine Snake

Green Vine Snake

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Gray Banded Kingsnake

Grey-banded Kingsnake

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Indian Gharial

Indian Gharial

The gharial is the only surviving member of a group of animals that arose in the Cretaceous period, about 144–65 million years ago.

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon

The world’s largest lizard has a reputation for having a deadly bite.

Madagascar Giant Day Gecko

Madagascar Giant Day Gecko

The intensity of the gecko’s colors varies by region, with some geckos appearing dull while others are dazzling and glittering in the tropical sun.

Madagascar Radiated Tortoise

Madagascar Radiated Tortoise

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Mangrove Viper

Mangrove Viper

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Mangshan Pit Viper

Mangshan Pit Viper

Discovered for the first time in October 1989 in the Mangshan Mountains of the Hunan province of China.

Merten's Water Monitor

Merten’s Water Monitor

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Mexican Beaded Lizard

Mexican Beaded Lizard

The Mexican beaded lizard, along with its relative the Gila monster, are the world’s only two dangerously venomous lizards.

Painted River Terrapin

Painted Terrapin

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Perentie Male Portrait

Perentie

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Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are easily identified by their broad, triangular heads and the rattles at the ends of their tails.

Rosy Boa

Rosy Boa

Rosy boas are excellent climbers, stretching their body from a fixed point, then drawing together before pushing out again.

Rough Scaled Python

Rough-Scaled Python

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Saharan Horned Viper

Saharan Horned Viper

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Shingleback Skink

Shingleback Skink

This slow-moving skink looks like it’s traveling in both directions at once.

South American Bushmaster

South American Bushmaster

With a max length of about 12 feet, the bushmaster is the longest viper in the world and the largest of all venomous snakes in the western hemisphere.

Spider Tortoise

Spider Tortoise

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Temple Viper

Temple Viper

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Tomistoma (False Gharial)

Tomistoma

This crocodilian from Southeast Asia has a long narrow snout with up to 84 interlocking teeth, an adaptation for catching fish.

West African Green Mamba

Green Mamba

Green mambas are primarily solitary creatures, and like the other three mambas species are arboreal.