See some of the world’s most venomous snakes and exotic amphibians in the reptile & amphibian building! Just outside the building, visit Smaug, one of the Zoo’s resident (and very large) Komodo dragons. Inside, you’ll see Blanco, one of only fourteen white alligators in existence. You can also learn about snakes in Texas – and you surely won’t be able to miss some of the world’s largest, like the reticulated and Burmese pythons. The dart frogs also aren’t hard to find, colored with beautiful, bright jewel tones. There are over 900 animals representing more than 140 species of reptiles and 40 species of amphibians – can you find them all?
Behind the Scenes
Meet Judith Judith is the supervisor of the Herpetology Department. She has been at the Zoo since 1991 and still loves coming to work every day.
Meet Stan Stan started working in the zoo field 40 years ago as a volunteer at the Tulsa Zoo. For the past 14 years, he has served as the Curator of Herpetology.
Meet Smaug Smaug is the largest (and most famous) of the Komodo dragons residing at the Houston Zoo. Serving as a guest favorite, Smaug loves to pose for pictures and work with his keepers.
Meet Smaug, one of the Houston Zoo’s Komodo Dragons
Did You Know?
Measuring in at the longest of all venomous snakes, king cobras can grow to almost 18 feet in length.
Despite his white color, Blanco is not an albino, but exhibits a condition known as leucism (think of it as a normal colored animal with a giant white spot covering its entire body).
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the only daytime nesting sea turtles.