The Zoo at Chehaw is home to 234 specimens representing over 73 different species. Enjoy natural, outdoor exhibits including Cheetahs, Black Rhinoceros’, Meerkats, Black Bears, Alligators, and many more, while you stroll through our scenic boardwalks and cypress swamp. Participate in animal feedings and keeper talks every weekend. Chehaw’s African Veldt Ride is free with admission, and will take you through our largest exhibit where seven different species roam in natural herds. The Zoo at Chehaw undergoes regular, thorough investigation to ensure that it has met, and will to continue to meet, ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. 

Agkistrodon contortrix

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Copperheads camouflage well in fallen leaves, where they lie in wait for prey items. They are a venomous snake and are responsible for most of the snakebites in Texas; luckily, bites are rarely fatal. Copperheads are ovoviviparous snakes. This means that the females retain the eggs within their bodies, and the babies hatch just before or at birth, being born in a membranous sac.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:Reptile, Squamata (snakes and lizards); venomous

NATIVE TO:North America; native to Texas


DIET:Invertebrates, amphibians, and small mammals

LIFE EXPECTANCY:Up to 20+ years

SOCIAL STATUS:Solitary, but hibernates in groups.