The real monsters, dragons, and basilisks are back!

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More than 60 live lizards and snakes from five continents reside in exquisitely prepared habitats. In addition to the live animals, the exhibit uses interactive stations, significant fossils, and an award-winning video to acquaint visitors with the world of the Squamata, the group that includes lizards and snakes.

Approximately 8,000 species of lizards and snakes have been recognized and new species continue to be discovered. In Lizards & Snakes: Alive! visitors will see 26 species, including crowd favorites such as the Gila Monster, Eastern Water Dragon, Green Basilisk, Veiled Chameleon, Blue-tongued Skink, Rhinoceros Iguana, Eastern Green Mamba, and a fourteen-foot Burmese Python. The Water Monitor habitat is equipped with a Web camera enabling virtual visitors around the globe to observe the daily behavior of one of the largest living species of lizard on Earth.

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This exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, and the San Diego Natural History Museum, with appreciation to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.

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