Reptile & Aquatics

The Reptile & Aquatics Facility provides the institute’s research staff with the highest quality laboratory animal care and support services for non-mammalian species. Specialized husbandry is provided for a wide variety of animal species.

Species currently housed include:

  • Whiptail lizards (Aspidoscelis spp.)
  • Veiled Chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
  • Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
  • Starlet Sea Anemone (Nematostella vectensis)
  • Planaria (Schmidtea spp., Dugesia spp., Phagocata spp., Girardia spp.)


A knowledgeable, specially trained staff of dedicated technicians caters to the needs of the researchers. The Facility is fully AAALAC accredited and all housing, husbandry practices and veterinary care for the animals are in compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as well as all other institutional, state, and local regulations.  

Staff offer a variety of technical services based on researcher needs including breeding, embryo harvest, tissue sampling, genotyping, histology preparation, cryopreservation and identification services.


The Reptile & Aquatics Facility uses the following equipment in its work:

  • Pentair Aquatic Habitats Zebrafish Systems - Single and Multi-rack Housing
  • Aquafine TrojanUVLogic Series Ultraviolet Disinfection
  • Faivre Rotary Drum Filters
  • Georg Fischer Signet Sensors
  • YSI Pro30 Conductivity/Salinity/Specific Conductance/TDS Meter
  • YSI ODO Dissolved Oxygen Meter
  • Hach DR/890 Colorimeter
  • Hach sc200 with LDO Dissolved Oxygen Probe
  • YSI 5200 Recirculating System Monitor
  • Warner Instruments Picoliter Microinjector
  • Custom-built, Species-specific Recirculating Housing Systems