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Compared to crocodiles, alligators have a rounder and wider “U” shaped snout.Also, when the alligator’s jaw is closed, the fourth bottom tooth cannot be seen.

Gator Alley


Many land animals often venture into water, but only one group of land animals must spend part of their lives in the water in order to survive.


Frog Bog

Crabs & Arthropods

Arthropods are invertebrates with an exoskeleton, a hard and protective outer shell made of chitin. They also have appendages that are jointed and their bodies are segmented.

Freshwater Falls and Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus


The term “echinoderm” means “spiny skinned” and is a very appropriate name for invertebrates in this group. Sand dollars, sea cucumbers, sea stars and sea urchins are all echinoderms.

Shore Gallery


Eels are elongated fish, ranging in length from 2-inch one-jawed eel to the 13 ft slender giant moray.


There are more than 32,000 species of fish known in the world today. What defines an animal as a “fish”? Although fish share many general characteristics, some species are exceptions.


Freshwater Fish

Although freshwater only covers three percent of the planet, some scientists believe there are more freshwater fish species than there are saltwater fish species.

Freshwater Falls Tunnel


Frogs have large legs and webbed back feet. They jump to move across the ground, and swim through the water.

Frog Bog


Ninety-seven percent of all animals on our planet lack a backbone and are called invertebrates. They are all considered ectotherms, or “cold-blooded” because they cannot regulate their body temperature.

Shore Gallery

Jellyfish & Cnidarians

Cnidarians are invertebrates with stinging cells called nematocysts. Included in the cnidarian group are anemones, corals, and jellyfish.

Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus

Octopus & Mollusks

There are an estimated 50,000 species that belong to the invertebrate group known as Mollusca. Members of this diverse group have soft bodies which are composed of a ‘head’ region and a “foot” region.

Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus


Discover King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni and Chinstrap cold weather penguins in Penguin Palooza or enjoy an optional Penguin Encounter with our warm climate penguins.

Penguin Palooza


Rays, skates, and sting rays are closely related to sharks, but unlike sharks, the bodies of these fish tend to be flat and disc-like.

Coral Reef, Stingray Hideaway, & Amazon Tunnel


Covered in scales, reptiles are ectotherms (cold-blooded vertebrates) that are found on every continent except Antarctica and in every ocean except the Arctic and Southern oceans.

Salamanders & Newts

Newts and salamanders have four similarly sized legs as well as a distinct tail. They are the only vertebrates that have the ability to regenerate body parts, such as legs and tails.

Frog Bog & Gator Alley

Saltwater Fish

There is no doubt that the most colorful fishes live in saltwater. Almost every color of the spectrum can be found on various marine fish.

Coral Reef


With a head like a horse, snout like an aardvark and belly pouch like a kangaroo, seahorses are anything but ordinary.

Seahorse Gallery

Shark Rays

Meet our four rare Shark Rays in our Surrounded By Sharks Exhibit. Sweet Pea was the first Shark Ray on display in the Western Hemisphere. All four Shark Rays are members of the world’s first Shark Ray Breeding Program, which yielded the first known Shark Ray birth in a captive environment in 2014.

Shark Ray Bay and Coral Reef


Sharks: The ultimate blend of power, efficiency, and predation that have been refined over time. No other group of fish in the oceans is more feared or misunderstood.

Shark Central


Snakes can be found on all continents except Antarctica and do not occur on certain island nations such as New Zealand and Ireland.


Toads have stocky legs and non-webbed feet. They walk to move across the ground and are typically found in drier areas.

Frog Bog


Turtles, tortoises and terrapins are all members of the order Testudines. These reptiles all have a protective shell that has developed from their ribs.

Shore Gallery