Scutes Family Gallery

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Beautiful. Understandable. Memorable.

Featuring over 40 species of reptiles in unique, artistic environments that complement their natural beauty.  This unique setting is designed to diminish reptile fears and help guests gain an appreciation of these amazing animals.

The building, originally constructed in the early 1940’s and most recently the Bird and Reptile House, has been renamed The Scutes Family Gallery, referring to the scales of most reptiles. Funding for this 2012 renovation was made possible through the Zoo’s $13.5 million Encounter Africa capital campaign.
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These incredible shelled animals each have their own unique shells and colors. From aquatic turtles to terrestrial box turtles, these colorful terrapins all have incredible attributes that make them stand out in a crowd. Be sure and check out these shelled reptiles next time you visit Scutes Family Gallery and marvel at their variety!


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Snake Space

Meander through the separate snake room where serpents from all over the world show off their remarkable beauty. Discover kingsnakes, cornsnakes, milksnakes, hognose and cave snakes make a statement on colored glass gemstones. The snake enclosures, unlike what you may be accustomed to, are designed to enhance and highlight their natural beauty often hidden in the wild.


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Discover a variety of lizards, from geckos to monitors, displayed in creative settings throughout the gallery.  See if you can locate the day geckos in stunning glass cylinders, or the tree monitors resting on the window ledges in their one-of-a-kind enclosures. Guests can also visit bearded dragons, grass lizards or blue-tongued skinks.


Unique and amazing experiences with reptiles!