Monday, April 16, 2012

Lab #7: Reptiles of the World - Cait F & Chris K

Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo  
                3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, Ohio 44109
In our final lab, our Biology of Reptilia class got the opportunity to see live reptiles extending from the preserved specimens we've observed in the lab at John Carroll University.  Not only were there live specimens but they ranged in habitats far outside of Ohio and around the world.  This meant we got to see much more diversity than we would out in the field.
Here are the classifications of some of the reptiles we saw during our visit.

Order: Testudines
Family: Carettochelyidae  
  Carettochelys insculpta (Pig-nosed/Fly River Turtle) 
    Range: Rivers in the northern Australia, and Fly River in New Guinea 
Family: Chelidae
  Phrynops hilarii (Spot-bellied Side-necked Turtle)
     Range:  Southern Brazil, Uruguay, northern Argentina, and Paraguay
  Emydoidea blandingii (Blanding's Turtle)
     Range: Provinces and states bordering the Great Lakes
  Emydura subglobosa (Red-bellied Side-necked Turtle)
     Range: Cape York peninsula in Australia and the island of New Guinea
  Chelodina mccordi (Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle)
     Range: Rote Island south west of Timor between New Guinea and Australia
Family: Geoemydidae
  Batagur baska (Batagur Turtle/River Terrapin)
     Range:  Sumatra, Thailand, Burma and the Malay Peninsula
  Callagur borneoensis (Malaysian Painted Terrapin)
     Range: Southern Thailand through Malaysia to Sumatra and Borneo
  Cuora galbinifrons (Indochinese Box Turtle) 
     Range: China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
  Geoclemys hamiltonii (Spotted Pond Turtle) 
     Range: Pakistan, Northern India, Nepal, Bangladesh
Family: Podocnemididae
  Podocnemis unifilis (Yellow-spotted River Turtle)
     Range: South American Amazon Basin
Family: Testudinidae 
   Geochelone carbonaria (Red-footed Tortoise)
     Range: Northern and central South America
  Geochelone gigantea (Aldabra Tortoise)
     Range: Northern part of Aldabra Island; Seychelles
  Pyxis arachnoides (Spider Tortoise)
     Range: Madagascar

Order: Crocodilia
            Family: Crocodylidae 
              Osteolaemus tetraspis (Dwarf Crocodile)  
                   Range:  West Africa - Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroons, Gabon, Liberia and Angola
            Family: Gavialidae
              Gavialis gangeticus (Gharial)
                   Range:  India, Nepal, Pakistan

Order: Squamata
     Group: Sauria
            Family: Chameleonidae 
               Chamaeleo pardalis (Panther Chameleon)
                    Range: East and Northern coasts of Madagascar, some surrounding small islands
            Family: Iguanidae
                Brachylophus faciatus (Fiji Banded Iguana)
                    Range:  Southeast Fijian islands, Tonga
            Family: Gekkonidae
                Eublepharis macularius (Leopard Gecko)
                 Range:  Middle East and Asia from Iran to Pakistan and India.
                Uroplatus henkeli (Madagascar Leaf Tail Gecko)
                     Range: Madagascar and surrounding islands
Family: Scincidae
    Corucia zebrata (Prehensile-tailed Skink) 
       Range:  Solomon Islands
Family: Varanidae 

    Varanus prasinus (Green Tree Monitor)
       Range:  New Guinea and the Torres Strait islands
Order: Squamata 
     Group: Serpentes
            Family: Boidae
              Boa constrictor (Boa Constrictor)
                   Range:  North, Central, and South America & Caribbean islands
              Corallus caninus (Emerald Tree Boa)
                   Range:  Amazon Basin: Peru, Ecuador, Brazil & Bolivia to the Guianas
              Corallus hortulanus (Amazon Tree Boa)
                   Range:  South America
           Family Colubridae:  
              Philodryas baroni (Baron’s Racer)
                   Range:  Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay
              Spilotes pullatus (Tiger Rat Snake)
                   Range:  Southern Central America, northern South America and Trinidad & Tobago

            Family Pythonidae:
               Chondropython viridis (Green Tree Python)
                   Range:  New Guinea, islands in Indonesia, and Cape York Peninsula in Australia
               Python reticulatas (Reticulated Python)
                   Range:  India, Indochina
               Python sebae (African Rock Python)
                   Range:  Africa south of the Sahara, Senegal to Ethiopia, Somalia to Namibia and to the Indian Ocean

(More in depth individual species descriptions for the certain reptiles at the zoo can be found on the zoo's animal database).

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