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Scaly & Spectacular!

Amphibians, reptiles and fishes make up 70-percent of all the known living vertebrates (animals with backbones). Though animals are still being discovered, there are at least 20,000 different species of fish, 5,000 species of amphibians and 6,000 species of turtles, snakes, lizards and crocodiles! Sedgwick County Zoo tries to represent this huge diversity with careful selection.  view more >

Animals in the Exhibit
Aldabra tortoise
  • Aldabrachelys gigantea
Almorha loach
  • Botia almorhae
Armenian viper
  • Vipera raddei
Barbel steed barb
  • Hemibarbus labeo
Black crappie
  • Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Black mamba
  • Dendroaspis polylepis
Black-breasted leaf turtle
  • Geomyda spengleri
Blackbelly salamander
  • Desmognathus quadramaculatus
Blackspot barb
  • Puntius filamentosus
Bog turtle
  • Glyptemys muhlenbergii
  • Amia calva
Chinese alligator
  • Alligator sinensis
Chinese crocodile lizard
  • Shinisaurus crocodilurus
Coal grunter
  • Hephaestus carbo
Common spider tortoise
  • Pyxis arachnoides arachnoides
Congo caecilian
  • Herpele squalostoma
Desert grassland whiptail
  • Aspidocelis Uniparens
Dwarf surinam toad
  • Pipa parva
East African green mamba
  • Dendroaspis angusticeps
Eastern hellbender
  • Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis
Egyptian tortoise
  • Testudo kleinmanni
Empire gudgeon
  • Hypseleotris compressa
European green toad
  • Bufo viridis
Eyelash palm pitviper
  • Bothriechis schlegelii
Fly River turtle
  • Carettochelys insculpta
Golden mantella
  • Mantella aurantiaca
Gorongosa girdled lizard
  • Smaug mossambicus
Grand Cayman iguana
  • Cyclura nubila lewisi
Green iguana
  • Iguana iguana
Green tree python
  • Morelia viridis
Green-and-black poison dart frog
  • Dendrobates auratus
Grey-banded kingsnake
  • Lampropeltis alterna
Gulf Coast spiny softshelled turtle
  • Apalone spinifera aspera
  • Cryptobranchus allenganiensis
Hourglass tree frog
  • Hyla ebraccata
Indochinese spitting cobra
  • Naja naja siamensis
Jamaican iguana
  • Cyclura collei
Kaisers spotted newt
  • Neurergus kaiseri
Kaup's caecilian
  • Potomotyphlus kaupii
King cobra
  • Ophiophagus hannah
Komodo dragon
  • Varanus mertensi
Longnose gar
  • Lepisosteus osseus
Madagascar giant day gecko
  • Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis
Mandarin rat snake
  • Euprepiophis mandarinus
Mertens' water monitor
  • Varanus mertensi
Mexican leaf frog
  • Pachymedusa dacnicolor
Mueller's clawed frog
  • Xenopus muelleri
New Guinea viper boa
  • Candoia aspera
North Australia snake-necked turtle
  • Macrochelodina rugosa
Okinawa newt
  • Cynops ensicauda popei
Panamanian golden frog
  • Atelopus varius zeteki
Prehensile-tailed skink
  • Corucia zebrata
Razor-backed musk turtle
  • Sternotherus carinatus
Red salamander
  • Pseudotriton ruber
Rio Cauca caecilian
  • Typhlonectes natans
Rubber boa
  • Charina bottae
Sambava tomato frog
  • Dyscophus guineti
Scheltopusik/glass lizard
  • Ophisaurus apodus
Sonoran desert toad
  • Bufo alvarius incilius alvarius
Sonoran spiney tailed iguana
  • Ctenosaura hemilopha
Spotfin archerfish
  • Toxotes chatareus
Spotted turtle
  • Clemmys guttata
Tegu lizard
  • Tupinambis merainae
Tentacled snake
  • Erpeton tentaculatum
Venezuela lancehead
  • Bothrops venezuelensis
Vietnamese mossy frog
  • Theloderma corticale
West African gaboon viper
  • Bitis gabonica rhinoceros
Western girdled lizard
  • Zonosaurus laticaudatus
Yellow anaconda
  • Eunectes notaeus
Yellow-blotched map turtle
  • Graptemys flavimaculata
Yellow-footed tortoise
  • Chelonoidis denticulata

ZooKeepers’ Journals

Our keepers are very busy caring for the animals. When time allows we will add more journal entries here. We hope the Zookeepers' Journals will be a fun way to learn more about the fascinating animals we have in our care.

September 23, 2016

Hannah, 4-year-old female king cobra, is now exploring her new space in the Amphibian and Reptile Building!  view more >

February 29, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the word eggs? Chickens? Easter eggs? How about reptile eggs? Did you know that turtles are the most common reptile known to lay eggs but crocodiles, and some lizards and snakes, do too?  view more >

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All Things Great and Small

Chinese alligators and frogs are some of the things great and small that you'll see. With more than 6,000 frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians worldwide, there's a lot to learn. Pick up a book, hop around the internet, or visit Sedgwick County Zoo to educate yourself and your family about amphibians.

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See Chinese alligators, the start of a new habitat area in the Amphibians & Reptiles building at Sedgwick County Zoo representing the most endangered river system in the world – the Yangtze River. Also new to this exhibit are golden thread turtles and yellow pond turtles.

Our Zoo was also the first to breed green tree pythons and poison dart frogs, for which we received two prestigious Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) awards in 1976. Other first breedings in America to occur at our Zoo include Russian cobras and prehensile-tailed alligator lizards. As zoos have learned how to breed many species of amphibians and reptiles, focus has changed to participating in collaborative conservation programs that involve field assistance, community outreach, and targeted breeding for reintroduction or for developing captive reserve populations. In 2000, we were one of 12 recipients of the AZA International Conservation Award for the Jamaican Iguana Conservation and Recovery Program and in 2004, we were one of 23 recipients of AZA's North American Conservation Award for the Puerto Rican Crested Toad Species Survival Plan Conservaion Partnership.

ZooKeepers’ Journals
Courtship: Not just a bunch of bubbles and bellowing! download pdf
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Wichita, Kansas 67212
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