Intro: In today’s lab, we toured the rainforest exhibit at the Cleveland Zoo to see a variety of exotic reptile specimen that we had learned about in previous labs.
Within the turtles, we saw a variety of specimen belonging to various families. This family is the pig-nosed turtles, aptly named for their upturned noses. A representative was seen in Carretochelys insculpta (Fly River Pignosed Turtle). These turtles are very similar to another family not seen on display, Trionychidae (soft-shelled turtles), due to their similar habitats.
A representative of the family Chelidae (Australoamerican Side Neck Turtles) was the Phrynops hilarii (Spot-Bellied Side-neck Turtle), that are found in S. America, as well as the Emydura subglobosa (Red-bellied short-necked turtle), and Chelodina mccordi (Roti Island snake-necked turtle).
Order Squamata (Sauria/ Lacertilia)
Family Gekkonidae are the Geckos. They are represented by the Uroplatys henkeli (Madagascar Leaf-Tail Gecko).
Family Iguanidae are the iguanas, and are represented by Bracylophus faciatus (Fiji Island Banded Iguana).
Family Scincidae are the Skinks, and are represented by Corucia zebrata (Prehensile-Tailed Skink).
Order Squamata (Serpentes/Ophidia)
Family Boidae are the Boas. They are broken into many subfamilies, one of which is Boinae. Boinae are represented by Corallus caninus
Family Colubridae is a diverse group of snakes. Within the family are many subfamilies, and the
Order Crocodilia contains 3 major families, that break the Order intoncrocodiles, gharials and alligators. Only one family was present at the zoo, Gavialidae, which was represented by Gavialus gangeticus (Gharial).