Live reptiles and amphibians

The Museum’s Living Collection includes more than 50 species of live reptiles and amphibians displayed in 35 exhibits located throughout the Nature Exploration Center (NEC) and Nature Research Center (NRC). Here, visitors can see examples of the venomous and nonvenomous snakes native to North Carolina, the largest Common Snapping Turtle ever found in the state, a Southeast Asian turtle that is among the world’s rarest species, colorful frogs and snakes of South American rainforests, and many more examples of fascinating reptiles and amphibians.

  • Public Hours
  • Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm
  • Sunday, noon–5pm

Internship opportunities

Do you love reptiles and amphibians? Are you interested in developing skills in the fields of zoo keeping and herpetology? Competitive, semester-long internship opportunities are available. Contact us for more information.

More Information about volunteering

Support Us

Thank you for your interest and support of the live reptile and amphibian exhibits at the Museum! If you’d like to make a contribution to the live reptile and amphibian collection, consider donating an item from our Wish List. Visit our Amazon Wish List, and search for items with the phrase “Terrestrial Exhibits” in the item description. Cash donations of any amount are gratefully accepted and can be made online by at the Museum donation page.


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