Characterized by being ectothermic, or cold-blooded, and covered in scales, reptiles cannot regulate their own body temperature, which is why you will see alligators basking on the bank of lakes and rivers to warm up, and why you also seem them burrow down in the water and mud to cool off. That’s why you’ll see plenty of spots to warm up or cool down built-in to our reptiles’ habitats. At the Central Florida Zoo, we have a variety of snakes, lizards, crocodilians, turtles, and tortoises throughout the Zoo, in our Herpetarium, and in our Education Department. In fact, our Herpetarium is home to some of the most venomous snakes from around the world, where you can also learn about some of the snakes that are native to Central Florida. Another popular reptilian resident, our Aldabra tortoise, may one day live to be 150 years old!