Eastern Fox Snake

Eastern Fox Snake

Eastern fox snakes are often mistaken for rattlesnakes, as they “rattle” their tails when disturbed. When threatened, these non-venomous, docile snakes may also give off a stinky musk from glands near their tail. This musk has an odor like that of the red fox, hence the “fox” in their name. They’re found in every county […]

Black Tree Monitor

Black Tree Monitor

Black tree monitors have prehensile tails that are two-thirds the size of their bodies. Their tail acts like a fifth leg and helps them balance in the trees, while sharp claws enable them to grip onto branches. Like other monitor lizards, they’re highly intelligent and demonstrate complex problem-solving abilities, fine motor coordination, and skilled forelimb […]

False Water Cobra

False Water Cobra

This species is named for its ability to flatten its neck to appear larger, giving the appearance of a cobra. However, unlike a true cobra, the false water cobra doesn’t prop itself up vertically but maintains a horizontal position. They hunt by grabbing and partially coiling their bodies around prey, then swallowing it live.

South American River Turtle

River Turtle

This turtle lives in the Amazon and Orinoco River systems. It’s part of the family Pelomedusidae, which contains the side-necked turtles. These turtles have a long neck that can be withdrawn horizontally within the shell, leaving it partly-exposed, rather than retracting it in a vertical “S” bend as in most other turtles.

Rainbow Boa

Rainbow Boa

Rainbow boas are one of the most sought-after exotic snakes for the pet trade because of their iridescent skin. Strong constrictors, they squeeze a little harder each time their prey exhales, preventing the lungs from functioning.

Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator

The Chinese alligator is one of the smallest crocodilians and one of just two alligator species in the world (the other being the American alligator). The native name for this species is Yow-Lung or T’o, meaning “dragon,” leading some to believe that the mythical Chinese dragon was, in reality, the Chinese alligator.

Eyelash Viper

Eyelash Viper

The eyelash viper’s most distinguishing feature is the supraciliare, or enlarged scale, above each eye, giving the appearance of “eyelashes.” These snakes are small and light in order to effectively maneuver through shrubs and trees and avoid detection by prey. It moves readily between the forest ground and canopy and is often found in banana […]

Fly River Turtle

Fly River Turtle

Sometimes called the pig-nosed turtle, these reptiles only leave the water to nest. They are a secretive animal, mainly hunting and active nocturnally. Its flipper-like forelimbs make it a powerful swimmer.

Gila Monster

Gila Monster

The Gila monster is named after the Gila River in Arizona and is the most venomous lizard native to the U.S. The Gila monster eats large meals infrequently, with a fat reserve stored in its tail, and can consume a meal of one-third of its body weight. They are immune to their own venom — […]

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana

The blue iguana is a “flagship” species — essential for maintaining the delicate balance between climate and vegetation necessary for the survival of the Grand Cayman ecosystem. During mating season, hormones color the males a bright, electric blue and the females a muted powder blue.