Reptile House: A cold-blooded world
The Reptile House at the San Diego Zoo has delighted and awed visitors for generations. A stroll around its perimeter allows you to safely view an amazing collection of pythons, cobras, boas, rattlesnakes, desert tortoises, and Gila monsters up close—about 100 species in all! Because you’re on the outside looking in, you’re not bothered by the heat and humidity required to maintain some of our reptiles. Each reptile’s enclosure is designed to look like the resident’s natural home.
Youngsters proudly point out to their parents which creatures are venomous–with the help of a red dot on the appropriate signs! You’ll even find rattlesnakes that are native to the San Diego County region, including the largest rattler in our area, the red diamond rattlesnake. Each corner of the House features the giants of the snake world: anacondas and pythons. And be sure to visit the largest lizard in the world: the Komodo dragon. This awesome creature can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 175 pounds. Our dragon has lots of favorite basking spots: see if you can find one of them!