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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.

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.

Galapagos Tortoise

Quick fact: Galapagos tortoises are the largest of the tortoises, weighing up to 900 pounds.

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.

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.

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.