Aquarium Reptile Complex (ARC)

Take a tour of the award-winning, 20,000-square-foot Aquarium Reptile Complex (ARC). Amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates are on display in four galleries: South Carolina, the Desert, the Tropics and the Ocean—featuring a 55,000-gallon Pacific coral reef tank with sharks, moray eels and more. Join us in the ARC at 12:30pm daily for exciting diving demonstrations.


Quick fact: One of the interesting ways that the arowana gets its food is to jump up and capture insects and small birds off tree branches that hang over the river.

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Quick fact: Rattlesnakes are pit vipers, a group of snakes that have special thermal receptors on the front of their faces that allow them to see images in infrared, even in total darkness.

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Green Mamba

Quick fact: If you are looking for the green mambas at Riverbanks Zoo, don’t forget to look up. Even in captivity, these animals prefer an arboreal way of life.

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King Cobra

Quick fact: Capable of reaching 19 feet in length, the king cobra is the largest of all venomous snakes. It is a formidable predator that possesses powerful neurotoxic venom.

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Komodo Dragon

Quick fact: These powerful predators dine on large prey including deer, water buffalo, wild boar, goats, and on very rare occasion humans.

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Photo courtesy of ©Richard W. Rokes.

Red Lionfish

Quick fact: The red lionfish is considered an invasive species that could have a detrimental effect on native fish and crustacean populations.

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