Reptiles

Kingsnake

Kingsnake

Kingsnakes are constrictors, killing their prey by squeezing them to death. It is primarily a ground-dwelling species, although it may sometimes climb into small trees or bushes. They appear to be immune to the venom of other poisonous snakes.

Milk Snake

Milk Snake

Milk snake range from Colombia and other northern parts of South America to southern Canada. They thrive in a wide range of habitats, including semi-desert and rainforest. They live high up in the Rockies and are also found in edge habitats.

Mugger Crocodile

Mugger Crocodile

This medium-sized crocodile is named from a Hindu word meaning "water-monster", and true to its name, the reptile poses quite a threat to any prey that catches its eye. The young mugger crocodiles will take mostly small crustaceans and fish.

Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

The population and range of the once widespread Nile crocodile is now seriously reduced, by both the demand for skins and the destruction of natural habitats. Nile crocodiles were once widespread in eastern and southern Africa, but are now scarcer.

Northern Water Snake

Northern Water Snake

This species occurs from New England and the Great Lakes through the central United States and south to the Mississippi Delta. Its range also extends down the Atlantic coast as far south as the Carolinas. It is found in all freshwater habitats.

Puff Adder

Puff Adder

Primarily a ground-living snake, the sluggish puff adder relies on its cryptic pattern and coloration to conceal it from both enemies and potential prey. It occasionally climbs into trees and is a good swimmer.

Pygmy Rattlesnake

Pygmy Rattlesnake

Pygmy rattlesnakes are also called ground rattlers, because they are generally seen slithering along the ground in summer, or sunning themselves in quiet locations. They are rarely found far from a source of water, and they are good swimmers.

Racer Snake

Racer Snake

The racer occurs across southern North America, from the extreme south-west of Canada to Florida. It is also found in parts of Mexico and all the way to Guatemala. This species avoids the driest areas and is absent from large areas of the western US.

Rainbow Boa

Rainbow Boa

Rainbow boas live in tropical forests in parts of C. and S. America. They also stray into agricultural areas. This species is closely related to the rare boas that live on the islands of the Caribbean. There are several subspecies of the rainbow boa.

Rainbow Snake

Rainbow Snake

The rainbow snake occurs in the south-eastern United States, south and east of the Appalachian Mountains. It is most common in South Carolina and Florida. This species lives near to water, especially on the sandy banks of rivers and streams.