• Spring time at the ponds

    Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

    District of Columbia

Reptiles

A turtle basks in the sun in spring

A turtle basks in the sun in spring when they breed.

ian Lothian

The park is home to three species of snakes (not poisonous), three indigenous turtles two nonindigenous turtles, and two skinks. These animals help control the mice that carry deer ticks, and eat grubs that destroy plant roots.

They are shy, and will not harass visitors. Reptiles, like amphibians, are facing increased reproductive problems from human drugs in their environment. Reptiles have a longer life span,and do not reach sexual maturity in some species until they are eight or more years old. As eggs are often eaten before they hatch, reptiles face serious survival threats. This park preserves habitat critical to their survival. Please walk with courtesy to our resident reptiles.

 

Did You Know?

water beading on a lotus leaf

The top of the lotus leaf is covered with wax pebbles, making it better at shedding water than a plain wax surface. This surface is being copied for rain ware. More...