The North Carolina Zoo is temporarily suspending operations
effective March 17 until further notice. More information.
By marking snakes encountered on the North Carolina Zoo’s grounds, Zoo staff are learning valuable information about the status of our local snake population. In addition, snake research on site creates unique opportunities to teach visitors about the importance of these misunderstood but critical predators. Snakes are also tested for a fungal disease that is affecting an increasing number of wild snakes in North Carolina. You can read more about the Zoo’s work on wild snakes below, under related resources.
The design of the cottonmouth habitat allows the snake to control its own body temperature. Basking sites provide hot spots and allow them to warm their bodies within the habitat while water can act to cool them down.