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 piscivorus

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Behavior: Adults are solitary and rarely far from land. They get their name from the bright white lining of the mouth that is easily seen when opened. Excellent swimmers, their head and body float high on the water.


Length:3.5 ft

Life Span:10 yrs

Gestation Period: 120 days

Number of Young: 7 eggs

Habitats:Aquatic (freshwater)Wetlands

Fun Facts:
Venom is hemotoxic, breaking down and destroying red blood cells in the prey.

Not overly aggressive, but will stand their ground rather than flee.

If threatened, anti-predator defenses such as flattening the head, shaking tail in leaves (to mimic a rattler), and opening the mouth wide to expose the bright white lining are used.