Reptile Awareness Day

Posted October 21, 2021 by Angela Hatke
Keepers Dustin, Ryan, Jenna & John

It’s Reptile Awareness Day and we’re introducing you to some of our keeper’s most-loved reptiles! Reptiles are a class of vertebrates that are scaly and cold-blooded and that, with a few exceptions, lay eggs. They include turtles, terrapins, and tortoises; lizards, and snakes! The Zoo is home to many reptiles including Hudo the Komodo dragon and our Galapagos tortoises!

Keepers Ryan and Jenna sent us some of their favorite photos they took of some of the reptiles that they care for and celebrate every day! Just like Fiona and Rico, these animals have personalities and traits unique to them!

Galapagos Tortoise (Bruno & Knobby)

Angolan Python (Pearl) & African Pancake Tortoise

Burmese Brown Mountain Tortoise

Spider Tortoise

Komodo Dragon (Hudo)

Chinese Alligator 

Armadillo Girdled Lizard

Blue Tree Monitor

American Alligator (Lucy)

Prehensile-tailed skink/Monkey-tailed skink/Solomon Island Skink (Homely)

Ophidiophobia, or the fear of snakes, is among the top fears of American adults. While fear is a natural part of survival, an irrational fear of snakes and other reptiles is unwarranted. Once people learn more about reptiles and realize that most are harmless and even beneficial, their fears subside. Visitors to the Reptile House are introduced to a diversity of reptile species, encouraged to face their fears and implored to value reptiles for more than their skins.

The oldest American zoo building, the Reptile House was built in 1875 in Turkish style and is a National Historic Landmark. Originally housing monkeys, the building is now home to more than 35 reptile species, including snakes, lizards, turtles and alligators, from around the world!

Here are some ssslithering friends to look for at the Zoo:

Eastern Ratsnake (Spot)

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Angela)

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, juvenile

Emerald Tree Boa, juvenile

Green Tree Python

Apalachicola Kingsnake (Presley)

Eastern Ratsnake & Southern Copperhead

Make sure to stop by and visit these awesome reptiles in the Reptile House on your next Zoo visit!