Experience 40 species under 1 roof
Our 6,500 square foot indoor exhibit gallery houses reptiles and amphibians in naturalistic habitats. Open year-round, the gallery showcases the best of what Reptiland has to offer: turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, and crocodilians from around the world, all in one place. Fun, interpretive graphics reveal each animal’s natural history, while interactive exhibits let you test your reptile IQ, experiment with lizard adaptations, and understand croc talk!
Multimedia and Interactive Exhibits
Ask the Gecko Expert
Activate clips of Dr. Aaron Bauer of Villanova University answering common questions about geckos and describing cutting-edge research.
Learn to Speak Croc Talk
Aside from birds, crocodilians are the most vocal reptiles. Croc calls vary by species, age, size, and sex. Some species can communicate over 20 different kinds of messages through sound alone. Press buttons to hear the various distress, mating, and “warning” calls of different gators and crocs.
See how the Sidewinder rattlesnake moves–it doesn’t crawl like other snakes. It loops its body into an S-shaped pattern and pushes against loose desert sand. Only 2 points on the snakes body touch the hot sand at any time. Spin a zoetrope and look through the slits to see how the sidewinder moves!
Frogs in Crisis
Frogs and other amphibians are the most endangered vertebrate animals on earth. Their thin, permeable skins make them sensitive to environmental changes. Chytrid fungus is an emerging disease that threatens populations on every major continent. Ron Gagliardo of Amphibian Ark and Zoo Atlanta, along with our own Chad Peeling, explain how this crisis is affecting the global population of frogs and what can be done to stop it.
Build A Gecko
Most geckos have the same basic body plan. Specialized accessories have allowed geckos to conquer a range of habitats–from rainforest trees to desert sand dunes. These survival accessories help “customize” each species for a particular environment. With this interactive, visitors can combine different eyes, feet, tails, and skin to “adapt” a gecko for a particular habitat!
Species currently on display:
Most of these species are found in the exhibit gallery, but some can be found in other areas of the zoo including Island Giants, Parakeet Landing, within Dinosaurs Come to Life, and in outdoor pens (during warmer months).
Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis
Aldabra tortoise, Aldabrachelys gigantea
Forest tortoise, Chelonoidis denticulata
Pond sliders, Trachemys sp. (various species)
Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina
Wood turtle, Glyptemys insculpta
Painted turtle, Chrysemys picta
American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis
Alligator snapping turtle, Macroclemys temminckii
Florida soft-shelled turtle, Apalone ferox
Indian star tortoise, Geochelone elegans
Snake-necked turtle, Chelodina mccordi
Mata mata turtle, Chelus fimbriatus
Estuarine crocodile, Crocodylus pororus
Gila monster, Heloderma suspectum
Frilled dragon, Chlamydosaurus kingii
Veiled chameleon, Chameleo calyptratus
Green tree monitor, Varanus prasinus
Crevice spiny lizard, Scleroporus poinsetti
Giant day gecko, Phelsuma grandis
Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko, Uroplatus henkeli
Lined leaf-tailed gecko, Uroplatus lineatus
Giant leaf-tailed gecko, Uroplatus fimbriatus
Rhinoceros rat snake, Rhyncophis boulengeri
Red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis