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Summary Introduction

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
  • Geochelone gigantea
Alligator Newt
  • Echinotriton Andersoni
Aquatic caecilian
  • Typhlonectes natans
armenian viper
  • vipera raddei
Australian snake-necked turtle
  • Chelodina longicollis
Betsileo Mantella
  • Mantella Betsileo
black mamba
  • dendroaspis polylepis
Black-breasted Leaf Turtle
  • Geomyda Spengleri
Black-spotted Newt
  • Notophthalmus Meridionalis
Blackbelly Salamander
  • Desmognathus Quadramaculatus
Bog Turtle
  • Glyptemys Muhlenbergii
boomslang
  • dispholidus typus
Brown Newt
  • Cynops Ensicauda
Canyon Tree Frog
  • Hyla Arenicolor
Chinese alligator
  • Alligator sinensis
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
  • shinisaurus crocodilurus
Clawed Frog
  • Xenopus Clivii
Clouded Salamander
  • Hynobius Nebulosus
coal grunter
  • hephaestus carbo
Colorado River toad
  • Bufo alvarius
Congo Caecilian
  • Herpele Squalostoma
Desert grassland whiptail
  • Aspidocelis Uniparens
Dwarf Surinam Toad
  • Pipa Parva
east african green mamba
  • dendroaspis angusticeps
Ebenaui mantella
  • Mantella Ebenaui
Egyptian Tortoise
  • Testudo Kleinmanni
Evergreen Toad
  • Incilius Coniferus
Eyed skink
  • Chalcides ocellatus
eyelash palm pitviper
  • bothriechis schlegelii
eyelash palm pitviper
  • bothriechis schlegelii
Fly River turtle
  • Carettochelys insculpta
Gaboon Caecilian
  • Geotrypetes Seraphini
gaboon viper
  • bitis gabonica
Giant marine toad
  • Bufo marinus
Golden mantella frog
  • Mantella aurantiaca
Goyder River Rainbowfish
  • melanotaenia trifasciata
Green Iguana
  • Iguana Iguana
Green tree python
  • Morelia viridis
grey-banded kingsnake
  • lampropeltis alterna
Grotto Salamander
  • Eurycea Spelaea
Hellbender
  • Cryptobranchus Allenganiensis
Himalayan Crocodile Newt
  • Tylototriton verrucosus
Honduran milksnake
  • Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis
Hourglass Tree Frog
  • Hyla Ebraccata
Jamaican iguana
  • Cyclura collei
Javan forest dragon
  • Gonocephalus chamaeleontinus
Kaup's Caecilian
  • Potomotyphlus Kaupii
King cobra
  • Ophiophagus hannah
Lemur Tree Frog
  • Hylomantis Lemur
Madagascar Giant Day Gecko
  • Phelsuma Madagascariensis
mandarin ratsnake
  • elaphe mandarina
Mertens' water monitor
  • varanus mertensi
Mexican Caecilian
  • Dermophis Mexicanus
Mexican Leaf Frog
  • Pachymedusa Dacnicolor
Mudpuppy
  • Necturus Maculosus
Northern Red-faced turtle
  • Emydura Australis
Olympic Salamander
  • Rhyacotriton
Painted Frog
  • Atelopus Varius
Puerto Rican crested toad
  • Peltophryne lemur
Red Salamander
  • Pseudotriton Ruber
Rio Fuerte beaded lizard
  • Heloderma horridum exasperatum
Rubber boa
  • Charina bottae
Saw-shelled snapping turtle
  • Elseya latisternum
Scheltopusik/glass lizard
  • Ophisaurus apodus
Sonoran Spiney Tailed Iguana
  • Ctenosaura Hemilopha
Spooted Turtle
  • Clemmys guttata
Spotfin archerfish
  • toxotes chatareus
Tailed Frog
  • Ascaphus Truei
Taylor's Bug-eyed Frog
  • Theloderma Stellatum
Tegu Lizard
  • Tupinambis Merainae
Tentacled snake
  • Erpeton tentaculatum
Texas Blind Salamander
  • typhlomolge Rathbuni
Tiger Keelback
  • rhabdophis tigrina
Timor python
  • Python timoriensis
Uluguru Hills Caecilian
  • Boulengerula Uluguruensis
venezuela lancehead
  • bothrops venezuelensis
Vietnamese big-headed turtle
  • Platysternon megacephalum shiui
Vietnamese mossy Frog
  • Theloderma Corticale
White's Tree Frog
  • Litoria Caerulea
Woodhouse's toad
  • Bufo woodhousii
Yellow Anaconda
  • Eunectes Notaeus

ZooKeepers’ Journals

Our keepers are very busy caring for the animals. When time allows we will add journal entries here. We hope the Zookeepers' Journals will be a fun way to learn more about the facinating animals we have in our care. Check back later for updates from the Zookeepers. If there is an animal or area of the Amphibian and Reptile Bulding that you would like our keepers to write about — please let us know. We will do our best to address your areas of interest as time allows. Thanks for checking in.

Photo Gallery

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.  view gallery >

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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.

Downloads
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Contacts
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Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 660-9453