ABout Vipers

Vipers have a pair of long, hinged fangs that can fold back against the roof of the mouth when not in use.

The venom of vipers affects blood cells and causes internal hemorrhaging. Most vipers give birth to live young, although some lay eggs. Vipers are found in a wide range of climates, even north of the Arctic Circle.

Who’s at the Zoo: Eastern Massasauga, Timber Rattlesnake, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Aruba Island Rattlesnake,Banded Rock Rattlesnake, Gaboon Viper, Taylor’s Cantil, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Santa Catalina Island, Mexican Lancehead, Eyelash Tree Viper

Our snake exhibit is currently closed as we prepare for the exciting changes coming with Size, Speed & Venom: Extreme Snakes opening May 25

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Average Size
17 inches to
8 feet long
Native Region
Guinea, United States and Australia
Eating Habits
Frogs, lizards, small mammals, and birds.
Conservation Status
Least concern to vulnerable

What can you do?

Everyone has the power to help save wild things and wild places. That power is your individual voice, your awareness and your actions. So in addition to visiting the Zoo and meeting our animal ambassadors, here are a few simple suggestions that will help save their counterparts in the wild.

  • When you’re out in nature, watch out for our scaly friends. Be mindful when you’re stepping off marked trails and pay close attention to areas where snakes like to hide, like fallen trees and stumps. They’re more afraid of us than we are of them.
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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
The Vipers are located in the Desert Dome.
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