The park has many reptiles, including:
- Venomous and non-venomous snakes of Florida
- Two Gopher tortoises
- Many turtles
- The American alligator and crocodile.
There are six venomous snakes found in Florida. They are all on display in the reptile
exhibit. Five of the six venomous snakes are known as pit vipers and all use
the same anti-venom for bites. The exception is the Coral snake which has a
different type of venom and in turn requires a different anti-venom.
The venom of the pit viper is known as a hemotoxin. It attacks skin and muscle
tissue and can cause extensive tissue damage. The venom of the Coral snake is
known as a neurotoxin which attacks the central nervous system.
Every known species of the gopher tortoise is considered threatened. These
animals are very important to the ecosystem. They dig deep burrows which are
used by other animals including the burrowing owl and various snakes. The
southeastern species is found throughout Florida. Its carapace coloration is
dark brown without lighter areas or markings on the marginal plates.
The alligator is commonly known as gator. Alligators are found throughout the entire
Southeastern United States. Crocodiles are found mainly in the Florida Everglades.
Gators usually occupy freshwater swamps and marshes, but are also found in rivers and lakes.
Link to Venomous and Non-venomous Snakes of Florida
Link to Alligators and Crocodiles of Florida
Link to Turtles and Tortoises of Florida