World of Reptiles is home to a wide array of reptiles and amphibians. Our scaly and slimy superstars include crocodiles, anacondas, hellbender salamanders, blue iguanas, giant river turtles, poison dart frogs, and more. We’re particularly fond of the tiny turtles and little lizards that inhabit the reptile nursery.
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The blue iguana is a success story. If not for the intervention of veterinarians from the Bronx Zoo and other conservation professionals, the species would surely have been lost forever. WCS is proud to be a partner in helping to save this species.”
Jim Breheny Bronx Zoo Director
World of Reptiles has welcomed guests since the day the Bronx Zoo first opened in 1899. The building is home to the zoo’s population of Kihansi spray toads; the Bronx Zoo played a vital role in saving this species from extinction.
World of Reptiles is the perfect place to learn about the wide variety of adaptations that enable these animals to thrive - you’ll learn about body temperature regulation, climbing, swimming, egg-guarding, camouflage, and much more.
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We were the first zoo to successfully breed Cuban crocodiles as part of the AZA Species Survival Program, and we’re committed to the conservation of the species.
Fly River Turtle
Fly River turtles are almost entirely aquatic and are the only freshwater turtles that have flippers – all the rest are sea turtles.
Snot otters, old lasagna sides — Eastern hellbenders go by many different names. And despite their name, hellbenders are actually harmless. But they are threatened, which is why WCS is working to release healthy adults into the wild.
More Animals in World of Reptiles
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