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Pseudopus apodus

Often mistaken for a snake, the sheltopusik is actually a large, legless lizard.

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Green and black poison dart frog

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobatus auratus

The green and black dart frog is one of more than 100 species of poison dart frogs.

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Gila Monster

Heloderma suspectrum

One of only a few venomous lizards in the world, the Gila monster uses its venom more as a defense than for subduing the small prey it eats.

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Florida Pine Snake

Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus

The Florida pine snake is one of the largest eastern snakes in North America

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Emerald Tree Boa

Corallus caninus

At rest during the day, the emerald tree boa drapes in coils across a tree branch.

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Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates tinctorius

Scientists are studying the frog’s toxins in search of potential medical uses.

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pascagoula map turtle

Pascagoula Map Turtle

Graptemys gibbonsi

Map turtles are named for the detailed map-like designs on their shells.

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Pancake Tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri

At the sign of danger, the pancake tortoise runs for shelter among the rocks rather than withdrawing into its shell like other tortoises.

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Northern Spider Tortoise

Pyxis arachnoides brygooi

The future of this tiny tortoise is jeopardized by habitat destruction and overcollection for the pet trade.

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northern copperhead

Northern Copperhead

Agkistrodon contorix mokeson

A ground-dwelling snake, it is difficult to spot amongst a blanket of fallen leaves so step carefully!

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Side view of a Mata Mata Turtle


Chelus fimbriatus

Once a fish is within reach, the turtle thrusts its head forward, opens its mouth as wide as possible and sucks in the fish like a vacuum.

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus adamanteus

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.

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dyeign poison dart frog

Dyeing poison dart frog

Dendrobatus tinctorius

An unwary snake or other predator that tries to eat a poison dart frog will become very sick, paralyzed or even die from the ingestion of an alkaloid-based poison secreted through the frog’s skin.

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Dumeril’s Ground Boa

Acrantopis dumerili

The Dumeril’s boa’s black and brown coloring enables it to hide among the leaf litter on the forest floor.

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corn snake colorful snake

Corn Snake

Pantherophis guttatus

Although the corn snake is primarily terrestrial, it can climb trees, rocks, and even buildings, with ease.

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chinese alligator

Alligator sinensis

A full-grown Chinese alligator is only about half as big as its cousin, the American alligator.

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Western Gaboon Viper

Bitis rhinoceros

Camouflaged, the Gaboon viper buries itself among the leaves on the forest floor and waits for prey to come close before striking.

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black rat snake on a human hand

Black Rat Snake

Pantherophis alleghaniensis

The black rat snake is the largest snake in Ohio, reaching lengths up to eight feet.

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Titicaca Water Frog

Telmatobius culeus

Rather than breathing air like humans do, the Titicaca water frog absorbs oxygen from the water through its baggy skin.

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Timber Rattlesnake

Crotalus horridus

Like all rattlesnakes, the timber rattlesnake kills its prey by striking and injecting it with venom through a pair of fangs.

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