Reptiles, Amphibians & Insects

Animal Encounters, Educational Talks, & Opportunities for Reptile Viewing:

Reptile House Open Daily 9AM - 4:45PM

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

We house one larger female American alligator, whom we acquired in March 2009 from the Savannah River Ecology Lab. We call her Maizey. The two smaller gators were brought to Bear Hollow in August 2014 from the Georgia DNR.

Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais)

The eastern indigo snake is currently listed as a federally threatened species in Georgia and Florida, due primarily to habitat loss.

Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)

This king snake was hatched in captivity in 2003 by a snake breeder.

Gopher Frogs (Rana capito)

Gopher frogs are classified as "near threatened" due primarily to habitat loss. Bear Hollow was part of a joint conservation program between UGA and other facilities to raise these frogs and release them. Bear Hollow had unprecedented success in raising them and these frogs are siblings who were not released. They remained at Bear Hollow Zoo to be ambassadors for their species and educated people about the threats to their survival in the wild.

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) 

These tortoises are keystone species - over 350 other species depend on them for survival - making them one of the most valuable animals in the longleaf pine ecosystem where they live. They are listed as threatened in the wild.

Soft-Shell Turtle Hybrid (Apalone ferox)

This turtle arrived in Spring of 2012, as the result of a non-naturally occurring hybridization between a Florida Soft-Shell Turtle and a local male turtle.

Other animals you may find in the reptile house:

  • California King Snake
  • Green Tree Frog
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  • Rat Snakes - Black Rat, Gray Rat, Corn Snake
  • Rosy Boa
  • Bullfrog
  • Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula