Stand eye-to-eye with live reptiles from around the world! Admire colorful lizards, turtles, snakes, and crocodilians in nineteen living dioramas. Learn more about these species with hands-on activities for all ages. Climb on a full-scale replica of a Galapagos Tortoise Shell. Find out how to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. Touch real reptile skins and guess whether they came from turtles, snakes, or crocodilians. Reptiles: LIVE! is fun for the whole family.
Includes General Admission to Museum of Art and Natural History
The veiled chameleon is a brightly colored visitor native to the Arabian Peninsula. Baby veiled chameleons are pastel green and gain their colorful stripes as they grow up. They also change colors throughout their lives based on social status and lifestyle factors. What colors will you see on the veiled chameleon? Will it be the most colorful reptile in the exhibition?
The Star Tortoise’s beautifully patterned shell is more than just pretty – it provides camouflage in its primary habitat, scrub forests in India and Sri Lanka. In the wild, they graze on grasses and other vegetation they encounter. They can also eat vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce – do you like to eat those foods, too?
Live Animal Shows
Meet members of our Living Collection daily during live animal shows. Get up close with reptiles outside of their enclosures and discover their most amazing features. It’s your chance to meet even more species and get all your reptile questions answered!
Shows take place daily at 2:15 p.m. and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Can't Get Enough Reptiles?
Spend more time in Reptiles: LIVE! by customizing a birthday party, sleepover, or group tour with exclusive reptile-themed activities. These custom add-ons are available for a limited time only until Reptiles: LIVE! closes in May 2019.
Sleep Among the Reptiles
Get an all access pass to our newest exhibition Reptiles: LIVE! during your sleepover at the museum! Choose up to three hours of reptile-themed sleepover games to play before bed. When it’s time for “lights out,” settle in to sleep among the living creatures in Reptiles: LIVE! – the ultimate behind the scenes experience.
Throw a Reptile-Themed Birthday Party
Surprise your kid with the ultimate reptiles-themed birthday party. The kids can meet reptiles from our Living Collection up close and explore Reptiles: LIVE! Classic Birthday Parties take place during museum hours, and include time to explore the museum at your own pace. After Hours Birthday Parties include activity options like going behind the scenes in Reptiles: LIVE! and an alligator or snake feeding.
Visit the Reptiles on a Group Tour or Field Trip
Liven up your group tour or field trip experience by adding Reptiles: LIVE! to your itinerary. Learn all about our turtles, snakes, lizards, and crocodilians from our knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guides. Pair the limited-time-only Reptiles: LIVE! add-on with any of our existing tour themes.
Read More about Reptiles on the Blog
- Assistant Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, Jennifer Sheridan, discussed her upcoming research and teaching trip to Borneo on Facebook Live! If you missed it live, …Read More »
- By: Kaylin Martin, M.Sc. and Timothy A. Pearce, PhD Asymmetries in nature are noteworthy because they usually mean something interesting is going on. Most snail-eating …Read More »
- The Section of Amphibians and Reptiles at Carnegie Museum of Natural History holds approximately the 10th largest collection of amphibians and reptiles in North America …Read More »