The Cameron Park Zoo Herpetarium demonstrates the diversity of species that inhabit similar environments throughout the world. As visitors enter the Herpetarium, natural light floods through a large window, illuminating natural rock work and lush foliage and immersing one in the sights and sounds of the jungle.
The first animals encountered are the giant snakes: anacondas and reticulated pythons. Moving deeper into the jungle the visitor enjoys sweeping views of a variety of habitats filled with crocodilians, snakes, lizards, and amphibians.
A bamboo covered wall houses small gem-box exhibits featuring “Jewels of the Jungle,” small brightly colored reptiles and amphibians from rainforest habitats around the world. At the end of this walkway, the jungle habitat transitions into desert and grassland habitats. Here, the visitor encounters a diverse collection of reptiles from arid environments.
Passing through an abandoned hut once occupied by Maasai tribesmen, one can see a more dangerous inhabitant has taken up residence: the Puff Adder. A rock cut houses the “Desert Gems” such as beautifully patterned kingsnakes, a variety of desert dwelling rattlesnakes, as well as other unusual pit-vipers that inhabit the world’s most extreme deserts. Exiting the building, the visitor can travel through a Western diamondback rattlesnake den and get an up close view of this symbol of the Southwest.
The journey through the Herpetarium ends at an aviary nestled near a cactus garden, where visitors can see birds and plants that populate Texas and the Southwest. The meandering pathway takes the visitor past Saguaro and barrel cactus, as well as many species of Agave, which thrive in the harsh conditions of desert environments from the southwestern United States to Mexico and South America.
Come explore the Herpetarium and see where your imagination will lead you.