Discover the diverse, hidden world of snakes, crocodiles, komodo dragons and more.
Saltwater Crocodile Feeding
Where: Saltwater Crocodile Building
When: Fridays at 3:45 p.m.
They've been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Crocodiles are the most familiar living fossils and have changed little in 220 million years. These ferocious hunters disappear beneath the water, revealing only their nostrils, and ambush unsuspecting prey.
New Exhibits, New Look
The Reptile House had a makeover in 2012! Explore many new, exciting animals and find more cool facts:
- Taipan (the world's deadliest snake)
- Death Adder (related to cobras and mambas)
- Chinese Alligator (endangered)
- Conservation Gallery (native and exotic species)
Observe reptiles from around the world and right from your own backyard. You won't see this unique collection of animals anywhere else.
Hear from the Experts
- Read an interview on National Geographic's website with Doug Hotle, our Curator of Herpetology.
- The herpetology team and other BioPark experts speak during our brown bag seminars, held the first Thursday and Saturday each month. Browse our events calendar to find the next brown bag.
What's happening on the other side of the glass?
As part of the native species recovery project, the ABQ BioPark houses and breeds threatened and endangered reptiles to protect New Mexico's wildlife.
- Housing - clean, safe habitats ensure the future of captive populations even if species go extinct in the wild.
- Breeding program - offspring reintroduced to the wild will increase native population sizes.
Mexican Garter Snake
BioPark herpetologists hope to find the Mexican garter snake for the native species recovery program. It is on New Mexico's Endangered Species List and hasn't been seen for 20 years.