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Reptiles and Amphibians Photo Gallery

Emerald tree boas have heat receptor pits that enable them to target any animal giving off infrared radiation. They are strictly arboreal.

The American alligator, once on the brink of extinction, has made a tremendous recovery and is no longer considered endangered.

The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard. The Zoo is the first place outside of the dragon's native Indonesia to successfully breed the species.

Young green tree pythons, native to Australia and New Guinea, are yellow for the first 6 to 8 months. They grow to be 5 to 6 feet long.

Poison frogs are small and brightly colored. Many South American tribes use the frogs' skin secretions to cover the tips of their darts for hunting.

It is believed that tortoises are the longest living animals in the world. The tortoises at the zoo are approximately 80 years old.

The Cuban crocodile has the smallest range of any crocodile. It can be found only in Cuba.

Copperheads are venomous snakes that prey primarily on mice.

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