Dennis, from the Topeka Zoo, brought a variety of snakes and reptiles to the August Zoo Animals Live.
The Blue Tongue Skink is one of 300 reptiles that live in Australia. They do have a blue tongue that they use to discourage predators. Also, from Australia, Dennis brought a Bearded Dragon. They have adapted well to captivity so many people have them as pets. When the Bearded Dragon is frightened by a predator they will drop off part of their tail which flip flops making the predator think this is his prey. Meanwhile, the reptile has escaped.
The Columbia Red Tail Boa Constrictor is native to South America. The snake that Dennis is holding is very well fed and used to being handled. He is non-poisonous and kills his prey by constricting. This boa lives most of his life in the trees.