Reptiles

We have many other types of animals and plants including reptiles, spiders, lizards and more. This is an area to talk about the other types of animals and the general subject of this section.
Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

Corallus hortulanus

This snake is a non-venomous boa species found in South America. Adults grow to an average of 5 and 6.5 feet in length. This species exhibits an immense variety of colors and patterns. The basic color can be anywhere from black, brown, or gray, to any shade of red, orange, yellow, or many colors in between. Some are totally without patterns on their skin, while others may be speckled, banded, or saddled with rhomboid or chevron shapes. Some reds will have yellow patterns, some yellows red or orange patterns. This snake is a non-venomous boa species found in South America. This species exhibits an immense variety of colors and patterns. The basic color can be anywhere from black, brown, or gray, to any shade of red, orange, yellow, or many colors in between.

American Alligator

American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

The American alligator sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian typically found in the Southeastern United States. The American alligator inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to North Carolina. It is distinguished from the American crocodile by its broader snout, with overlapping jaws and darker coloration, and is less tolerant of seawater but more tolerant of colder climates. Alligators also play important roles in wetland ecosystems through the creation of “alligator holes” which provide wetter or drier habitats for other organisms.

Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise

Gopherus agassizii 

These tortoises may attain a length of 10 to 14 inches with males being slightly larger than females. Male tortoises have a longer gular horn than females, their plastron (lower shell) is concave compared to female tortoises. Males have larger tails than females do. Their shells are high-domed, and greenish-tan to dark brown in color. The front limbs have sharp, claw-like scales and are flattened for digging. Back legs are skinnier and very long.

Royal/ Ball Python

Royal/ Ball Python

Python regius 

Python is a nonvenomous python species found in Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is also known as royal python or ball python. The name “ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. The name “royal python” is based in part on the story that Cleopatra supposedly wore the snake around her wrist. The color pattern is typically black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides and dorsal blotches. The belly is a white or cream that may include scattered black markings.

Western Pond Turtle

Western Pond Turtle

Actinemys marmorata 

The dorsal color is usually dark brown or dull olive. The shell is 4.5 to 8.25 inches in length. The dorsal shell (carapace) is low and broad, usually widest behind the middle, and in adults is smooth, lacking a keel or serrations.