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Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« on: June 24, 2013, 08:00:11 PM »
One of my favorite places to since I was a kid is the Saint Louis Zoo. It was the first zoo I ever went to (as a baby) and was the first zoo for my son. It has been one of those family traditions to go since I was a kid and I still continue to go. The Herpetarium was built in 1927 and is an amazing historic building. Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium mainly works with venomous reptiles and boasts being the largest collection in the western hemisphere. Here are some of the off exhibit pictures I have taken over the years.

Public viewing area in the Herpetarium:


Directly behind the public viewing area:


Taging system of the zoo:


Safety Alarm:


How the system works:
The red feed card is the record system tracking whether a snake feds or not and what is being fed. The red color indicates that it is a “HOT” or venomous animal. If bitten you are to grab the white tag, push the red button, and sit on the floor. The white tag indicates which anti-venom needs to be grabbed from the zoo’s anti-venom refrigerator. The alarm sends out a notice, other keepers come check you and 911 called. Once the EMT’s arrive the anti-venom box is placed on your chest so the EMT’s have everything to take to the hospital.

Some of the venomous reptiles in the basement, these two pictures are from a room specifically for venomous snakes:




These guys were in a room with several herp species:



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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2013, 08:11:53 PM »
Nice!Now that looks like a fun place to hang.I wish it was a bit closer.
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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2013, 08:21:55 PM »
Now for the amphibians:
One of the big conservation projects the zoo is working on is the Ozark Hellbenders. They are an endangered species and are currently being reproduced at the zoo and released into the wild. The only problem is, and no one can really say it publically is trout. Trout are an introduced species in most states for sport fishing, however they like to feed on hellbenders. Other issue in the decline of hellbenders in the wild has been chytrid and introduction of pharmaceuticals and pesticides into the water supply.  Interesting note is men in Missouri have a lower sperm count than those in New York. The hellbenders are bred in a stream tank, mimicking wild conditions. If you want to see everything in action watch: Vanishing Frogs with Jeff Corwin It was a Discovery Channel special from a few years ago. I show it in my classroom every year. Mark (the assistant curator) gives a nice tour of the hellbender set-up to Jeff Corwin.

Hellbender rack:




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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2013, 08:27:25 PM »
All the more reason to catch,kill,and eat some more trout  ;)
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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2013, 08:52:07 PM »
Agreed, I am kinda hungry ;)

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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2013, 09:37:10 PM »
Other Projects:
Now for some chelonia. Saint Louis Zoo works with Turtle Survival Alliance. This group is made of hobbyist, academia, and zoological institutions. Together they work on propagation, education, and conservation of chelonia. This goes from teaching in-situ propagation and educating the people of the species habitat on the importance of each species. You directly see where your money goes in the TSA yearly journal. If you are interested in more information please see: Turtle Survival Alliance and checkout the yearly magazine: Turtle Survival Magazine. This is the model Treewalkers International needs to move towards.

Here are some of the zoo’s chelonia produced at the zoo and housed on a rack with Crocodile Lizard babies:






Incubators:


McCords Box Turtles



Spider Tortoises




Spotted Turtles


Baby Crocodile Lizard

« Last Edit: June 27, 2013, 11:20:15 PM by jjuchems »
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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2013, 09:52:50 PM »
Ooh,I really like caiman lizards,I'd contemplate some of them if I were to do more lizards.
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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2013, 10:14:58 PM »
Dart Frogs at the Zoo:
Dart Frogs can be seen around the Herpetarium. They have chosen a unique way to display them, mixed species enclosures. The picture posted is of Tincs exhibited with a bushmaster and with other Central and South American snake species. They also have Panamanian blue auratus with the Panamanian Golden Toads, a combination I really like as it draws you like you are in the wild till you see the background.

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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2013, 11:30:13 AM »
Great pictures.  Thanks for that "virtual tour". 

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2013, 11:25:53 PM »
For those who messaged me about the pictures, they were all taken in March of 2011 during a Central Illinois Herpetological Society field trip for a "Behind the Scenes Tour." Mark was actually our guide. The last exhibit picture was from 2012. I have a few more pictures from the tour I may post.
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Re: Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2013, 07:33:33 PM »
That looks like a really cool place! Thank you for sharing!