There are some new residents at the South Texas Botanical Gardens, where a new reptile exhibit features both native and exotic creatures, including lizards, snakes and turtles.

The idea for the exhibit first started when employees at the Botanical Gardens found a rat snake that they decided to keep and display. The goal is to educate children and the public about the impact humans have on our local environment.

"This new exhibit that we just opened up started with a rat snake that we found out here," Facility Manager Billy Famester said. "It then slowly started to grow. We try to display native species that we find throughout Texas and have been introduced into our ecosystem."

Educators said reptiles are usually impacted most by human ecosystem interference.