See what Slithers!
With more than 65 habitats, you will find slithering, scaly, shiny and sleek animals to fascinate you and enhance your learning experience at the Herpetarium. Built in 1928, the historic building has recently undergone renovations to highlight a vibrant diversity of reptiles and amphibians from around the world.
You can see a variety of reptiles, from a giant reticulated python to the impressive king cobra. You’ll be amazed at our anaconda and venomous Mexican beaded lizards. You can learn how the shingleback skink got its name or where a scheltopusik comes from. And you won't want to miss Rattlesnake Wall which showcases several species of rattlesnakes from around the world.
If you prefer amphibians, take a look at the critically endangered Kaiser spotted newts, which in the wild are limited to one mountain range in Iran. Don’t forget our awesome axolotls that, in the wild, are only found one place on earth--a lake beneath Mexico City.
The Reptile and Amphibian staff members who care for these animals have received many awards for first-time breeding and successfully propagating more than 100 different species of reptiles and amphibians in captivity. They also share their interest in these animals beyond the walls of the Herpetarium by participating in conservation projects in Oklahoma and other countries around the world.