Gaboon Viper

The gaboon viper stands out among vipers for its extremely large fangs, reaching lengths of just over two inches. The amount of venom injected with just one bite is substantial and can be deadly. Fortunately, gaboon viper bites are rare due to the species’ calm nature and preference for dense forest.

Everglades Rat Snake

Named for its presence in Florida’s Everglades National Park, the Everglades rat snake suns itself by day and hunts for prey at night. Often found up in a tree, it is an excellent climber. It is also a skilled swimmer, slipping into the water when alarmed to escape danger.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The largest rattlesnake in the world and largest venomous snake in North America, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake seeks shelter in mammal and gopher tortoise burrows and uprooted trees. It plays an important role as a top predator in the food chain.

Dumeril’s Ground Boa

Madagascar’s wildlife, including the Dumeril’s ground boa, is suffering from habitat loss as forests are converted into lands suitable for grazing and agricultural use. The boa’s survival is in danger also from hunting out of fear, superstition, and for their skins. The Zoo participates in a breeding program for the threatened ground predator.

Corn Snake

Although the corn snake is primarily terrestrial, it can climb trees, rocks, and even buildings, with ease. Special scales form ridges on its underside to provide traction for traveling. The corn snake often takes shelter in hollow tree trunks or underground burrows during the day, and then emerges to hunt at night.

Burmese Python

One of the largest snakes in the world, the Burmese python can grow up to 25 feet long and get as thick as a telephone pole. Like other pythons, it is a non-venomous constrictor, wrapping its body around prey to suffocate it before swallowing it whole. It can eat animals as large as a leopard and sambar (an Asian deer).

Black Rat Snake

The black rat snake is the largest snake in Ohio, reaching lengths up to eight feet. It is an excellent climber and often takes shelter in a cavity high up in the trees. It often enters abandoned or little used buildings such as barns or attics in search of rodents to eat.

Angolan Python

Pythons are constrictors. When prey comes near, a python will strike and grasp the animal in its teeth and immediately begin wrapping its muscular body around it. As the victim exhales, the python tightens its grip until the animal can no longer breathe and suffocates.

Spotted Turtle

Spotted turtles gather together on a log to spend a sunny day basking. If alarmed, they will dive into the water and bury themselves in the mud for protection. They also burrow in the mud to escape the heat on very warm days and to hibernate during the winter.

Red-eared Slider

The red-eared slider is named for the bright red patches on the sides of its head and the way it slides into the water when alarmed. As a sociable species, the red-eared slider often climbs atop one another while basking in the sun on a log or rock emerging from the water.