Beyond the wide selection of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that are available for sale, DFW Reptarium houses a collection of resident animals for education and breeding. You can learn more about these animals in-store, and even interact with some of them in our Animal Encounters, Education Sessions and Birthday Parties.
Learn about a few of our long-term residents and then come meet them in-store.
EMERALD TREE BOAS (ETB)
The arboreal constrictors spend much of the day sitting perfectly still while coiled over branches. This is how they would ambush prey in the wild using the heat-sensing pits around their mouths to sense when prey is near. As nocturnal animals, they clearly get more active when we are not around, as they surprised us with babies this year. They only breed about every two years and give live birth to brightly colored little wigglers that will start to look like their parents after about a year of colorful transition. They can live up to 20 years in captivity, so we hope to have them with us for many years.
Native to Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Guinea, these large, omnivorous lizards are only for advanced reptile keepers. They need a lot of space and accommodation to minimize their unfortunate habit of running into glass, which can be accomplished with a Custom Enclosure. Fun Facts: Sailfin Lizards have an amazing way of avoiding predators – they have been recorded running across water on their hind legs. Males will grow colorful crests in a variety of colors; if you look closely at ours, you can see what look like purple jewels along his neck and back. These modern dinosaurs can live from 10 – 20 years.
AMAZON MILK FROGS
These amazing turquoise-bellied frogs are arboreal and native to South American rainforests. They primarily eat invertebrates in the wild and do fine on crickets in captivity. If threatened, they can secrete a milky white substance from their skin to deter predators, which is where their name comes from. We’ve never seen ours do this, so they clearly don’t feel threatened in their current home. Since they spend most of their time in the trees, you will often find them on vines or perches near the top of their enclosure. You can also find them against the glass, where you can get a good look at their large toe pads that they use for gripping. The breeding trio that we have in-store are currently being put through the seasonal changes to induce breeding behaviors, a key element of successful husbandry for these animals.
We have many more in-store animals, so come in to meet our slithering, jumping, crawling, and climbing friends and learn more about them today.