Animal Fact Sheets

WHAT ARE REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS?

Reptiles are vertebrates with scaly skin to protect their bodies. Their young look like miniature versions of the adults when they hatch. Snakes and lizards are reptiles. Reptiles can only control their body temperature by basking in the sun or finding shady areas to cool down because they are ectotherms or “cold blooded.” 

Amphibians live part of their lives in water and part on land. Like reptiles, they are ectothermic. These vertebrates hatch from eggs laid in the water and go through stages of metamorphosis, from egg to larva to adult. Frogs and toads are amphibians.

To learn more about the reptile and amphibian species on exhibit here at the zoo, please choose from the Animal Fact Sheets dropdown menu to the left.

 

REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SPOTLIGHT

Komodo Dragon
(Varanus komodoensis)

HABITAT: Rocky mainland shores on coastal islands of Indonesia: Flores, Gili Motang, Komodo and Rinca.
DIET:
For wild adult dragons, the Sunda deer, but also birds, snakes, fish, crabs, small mammals, pigs, water buffalo, eggs, wild horses and younger Komodos. They are also scavengers, and will eat carrion.
WEIGHT:
Male weight: An exceptionally large male can weigh as much as 550 pounds (250 kg) after a large meal (about half that on an empty stomach).

 
 
 
 

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