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Reptile ExhibitAncient Reptile Ruins

Ancient Reptile Ruins provides a home to creatures that live near – not in – the water. It also reinforces Long Island Aquarium’s mission as an institution ready to save creatures in need, since many of the animals in the exhibit came to the Aquarium as the result of a rescue.

Katie, our resident spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), for example, was found in the basement of a home raided by the Suffolk County Police. Underweight and missing teeth when she arrived, she has thrived while at the Aquarium.

Hydro, our Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator), also came to Long Island Aquarium in rough shape. Confinement in a small tank had damaged his tail, which ultimately had to be amputated. Hydro has since recovered, and enjoys lounging in his display while delivering an unspoken message that it’s wrong to keep large animals like him as pets unless you have proper space and training.

Other residents of Ancient Reptile Ruins include:

  • Chameleons
  • Green iguana;
Reptile Reptile