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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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