Reptile House

Discover the diverse world of snakes, crocodiles, Komodo dragons and more.

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When visiting...

  • See one of America's most diverse collection of venomous snakes.
  • Explore the conservation gallery, which displays endangered native and exotic species.
  • Watch our saltwater croc being fed next door in the crocodile building.

Photo courtesy of Jan Smith/Flickr.

The BioPark Reptile House displays 59 different reptile species, including endangered animals from around the world and your own backyard. Discover fun and surprising facts about large Komodo dragons, venomous mambas, rare Chinese alligators and other animals.

Our Actions Matter

Many reptile species are declining due to competition from non-native species, habitat destruction and smuggling for skins, folk medicines and the pet trade.

Here are some simple ways you can help reptiles:

  • Don't buy reptile fashion: Every year, around 10 million reptiles are captured, killed and processed for fashion accessories. The fashion industry thrives, but endangered species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. Reduce poaching by refusing to buy products made from turtle shells and snake or alligator skins.
  • Be a responsible pet owner: Please do not release pet reptiles into the wild. The reptile can either out-compete native species for food, or perish due to an incompatible environment. Pet reptiles can also carry diseases that native reptiles have no immunity against.
  • Leave wild reptiles alone: Reptiles may not be cute and cuddly, but they deserve our respect. Don't bother or kill wild reptiles when you encounter them. If you do find an unwanted reptile, contact wildlife professionals who can relocate the animals without harming it.

Reptile Conservation at the BioPark

As part of the Native Species Recovery Program, the ABQ BioPark also houses and breeds threatened and endangered reptiles from New Mexico, like the northern Mexican gartersnake. Herpetologists care for captive populations, take part in research studies, and when possible, reintroduce offspring to the wild to help increase the native populations.

The ABQ BioPark is also part of a multi-year conservation effort in the Ivory Coast to help save the critically endangered West African slender-snouted crocodile. Read more about the project.

Resources and Links

Reptile Videos