Amphibians and Reptiles

The Virginia Zoo is home to many fascinating amphibians and reptiles. Here are some popular residents…



The Virginia Zoo is home to a variety of snakes including indigo snake, speckled kingsnake, reticulated pythons, Angolan pythons, carpet pythons, emerald tree boas, and copperheads. Snakes can have a preference for food based on color and generally are loners.


Below is a list of more of the amphibians and reptiles that make the Virginia Zoo their home. Most can be seen on exhibit, and some are popular members of our Animal Ambassador program through the Education Department.  You can meet Animal Ambassadors at Zoo special events, birthday parties, education programs, and private parties. Come see the amazing amphibians and reptiles at the Virginia Zoo!

  • African bullfrog
  • African fat-tailed gecko
  • Aldabra tortoise
  • American bullfrog
  • American toad
  • Angolan python
  • Arizona mountain kingsnake
  • Ball python
  • Bearded dragon
  • Black and white tegu
  • Black ratsnake
  • Blackthroat monitor
  • Blue poison arrow frog
  • Blue-tongued skink
  • Boa constrictor
  • Bog turtle
  • Caecilians (aquatic)
  • Caledonia crested gecko
  • California kingsnake
  • Canebrake rattlesnake
  • Carpet python
  • Chihuahua mountain kingsnake
  • Chinese crocodile lizard
  • Common kingsnake
  • Copperhead
  • Corn snake
  • Crocodile skink
  • Diamondback terrapin
  • Dwarf gecko
  • Eastern box turtle
  • Eastern cottonmouth
  • Emerald tree boa
  • Fiji Island Banded Iguana
  • Green and black poison arrow frog
  • Green tree frog
  • Green tree python
  • Honduran milksnake
  • Kenya sand boa
  • Leopard gecko
  • Leopard tortoise
  • Madagascar giant hognose snake
  • Madagascar tree boa
  • Mangrove snake
  • Marbled salamander
  • Milky (Amazon) treefrog
  • North American wood turtle
  • Northern pine snake
  • Ornate horned frog
  • Pancake tortoise (African)
  • Philippine tree skink
  • Rhino rat snake
  • Rio Fuerte beaded lizard
  • Rough greensnake
  • Sheltopusik/Glass lizard
  • South American yellow-footed tortoise
  • Southern toad
  • Speckled kingsnake
  • Splashback poison dart frog
  • Standing’s day gecko
  • Star tortoise
  • Thai bamboo ratsnake
  • Three-toed box turtle
  • Tiger salamander
  • Tomato frog
  • White’s treefrog
  • Yellow-bellied slider

Amphibians Threatened Worldwide 

Recently, the world has lost more than 120 species of amphibians due to habitat loss, disease, over-collection, climate change, pesticides and pollution. It is a real possibility that frogs, toads, salamanders and newts may go extinct in the next few years.

How you can help:

  • Maintain a green garden and lawn without pesticides
  • Participate in wetland cleanups
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Conserve water
  • Buy locally grown produce
  • Visit Frogwatch at