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A smiling lizard sitting on a rock.

Reptile Discovery

Tucked away in a roundabout building near the Giraffe Encounter is an interesting collection of reptiles that for some, are better viewed when separated by glass enclosures.

Reptiles are cold-blooded or ectothermic, which means they cannot regulate body temperature on their own and the main reason why reptiles are different from mammals and birds.  Because they rely on their environment to keep warm, you see them basking in the sun, and to avoid overheating, they seek shelter to avoid absorbing too much heat.

Reptiles are found on every continent, except Antarctica, and have existed for more than 300 million years.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Varies depending on the species.

Animal Fact

Near Tava's Jungleland, Giraffe Encounter and Lion's Lair
  • There are over 9,000 known reptile species alive today, and of those, snakes make up 3,400 species and over 5,000 are lizard species.
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