Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida
This is the fifth of nine pages containing creatures and plants I viewed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, on visits taken between July 2015 and September 2017. Subsequent pages include River Valley Aviary birds, Emerald Forest Aviary birds, other bird exhibits, and plants, butterflies and insects.
- - - - - - -

Page 5 of 9
This page includes a variety of reptiles and amphibians.

Sipowitz the American alligator turned 40 years old a few days before I captured his image.
[Huge alligator is facing the camera with its thick tail turned to the right side of the image. It is on the ground, mostly in the shade, and has some green algae from the water on its face and back.]

This Komodo dragon has great camoflauge skills.
[The all-brown lizard has its front legs and head resting on the brown rocks at the water's edge.]

Goober, an Aldabra tortoise, is estimated to be 63 years old. He weighs 411 pounds.
[The skin color of the tortoise is approximately the same color as the sandy ground. This image is a front view of its head and neck. The nose is two hardly-noticeable depressions with a line going up the bridge and ending midway between its eyes. There is a rim of skin around the eyes as if the eyelids come from both direction.]

This tadpole becoming a frog (both tail and feet) was attached to the glass in the tiger-viewing-area pool.
[The lower third of the frog, including its tail which is now shorter than the length of its body, is in the water. The underside of the frog faces the camera and its belly is a light color with several green stripes on it.]

This bull frog was in the water of the lemur exhibit.
[The frog sits in very clear water, so although all but its head is submerged, its full body is visible. It has a light and dark pattern on its skin. The light part appears to be a series of squiggly lines. There is a lot of moss-like vegetation in the water around the frog.]

Green and black poison dart frog.
[The small frog sits on a leaf. It has patterns across its body and legs which alternate between light green and black.]

Blue poison dart frog.
[The small frog sits in some small brown bark pieces. It has a light blue body over which are dark blue spots. Its legs are completely dark blue/purple.]

This may be a barking treefrog.
(I had difficulty discerning which signs corresponded to each enclosure, especially if the creature was hiding.)
[This medium-sized frog sits in large light-green leaf. The frog is brownish with darker brown speckles on it. It has its legs curled under it and its eyes are partially open.]

Florida cottonmouth also known as a water moccasin (venomous snake).
[The tan and brown patterned snake has one eye facing the camera as it sits beside a large rock.]

The color patterns on this Green Mamba Snake almost look as if the snake is painted.
[The long snake is wrapped several times around branches in the display. It has light green scales which are rimmed in brown/black so its very easy to see them.]

This is a mudpuppy. I didn't realize there was such a thing until I saw this display.
The official name is Gulf Coast Waterdog. They are aquatic salamanders.
[The head of this creature sticks out from a opening cut in an inverted pottery dish. The waterdog is purplish with black spots and only its head is visible. It has two small eyes and a mouth on a head that looks like a flattened snake except this is under water.]

Diamondback terrapin.
[This turtle has a brown shell with darker brown outlining each section of the shell. It's legs and head are white with black spots.]

This little tortoise was behind glass or I'm sure one of us would have helped to flip it back over since it seemed to be stuck in that position.
[The tortoise is on its back in the sand with its legs flailing.]

Continue to Jacksonville Zoo page 6 of 9 to see a variety of birds.

Return to top of page.