Poison Dart Frog


Poison Dart Frog#DidYouKnow unlike other frogs, the Poison Dart Frog does not swim.  If you look closely, you will notice that this frog does not have webbed toes. Another fun fact about poison dart frogs is that they are only poisonous when they ingest certain types of foods.

Here at the Texas State Aquarium, they are not poisonous, because of their diet.

Emerald Tree Boa


Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald tree boas can grow as long as 8 feet! They live in tropical rain forests, where they coil up on tree branches. If you know what “nocturnal” and arboreal” are, you’ll know emerald tree boas are active at night. These boas are covered in bright green scales with white or yellow blotches.

River Otter


This is Merlin, a River Otter!

River otters are aquatic mammals. They generally live along rivers, as their name implies, but they’re also found near streams and lakes. Otters prefer water bordered by woods and with wetlands, such as marshes, nearby. Flexing their long bodies up and down, paddling with their webbed hind feet, and using their feet and strong tails to steer.

Nearshore Gallery



Construction on our remodeled Nearshore exhibit is coming along! This is a large piece of the fallen “driftwood” tree that will stretch across most of the new exhibit, allowing the birds to roam a larger space and perch right over your head! The newly renovated space will be open Spring 2014.

Press Release


January 9, 2014


At Texas State Aquarium


CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – On January 8, a live dolphin was recovered from the remote location of San Jose Island, after being found in the surf. The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) along with Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) Director, Tony Amos, were able to successfully transport the animal to the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) in Corpus Christi.


TMMSN volunteers and TSA staff, under the supervision of TSA veterinarian Dr. David Stelling, are working around the clock with the 500-pound adult male bottlenose dolphin.  The animal has been swimming on his own, but still requires in-water support (to be held up and walked by volunteers) at various intervals.


Initial labs show that the dolphin was dehydrated upon stranding, with additional diagnostics results pending. The dolphin is receiving antibiotics, in addition to routine supplements, and is being tube-fed fluids for rehydration.




Texas State Aquarium: Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.





In 1990, Bo was relocated to the Texas State Aquarium from a drainage ditch in nearby Taft, Texas where he was a danger to residents. At that time he was 130 lbs. and 7 1/2 ft. long. As of today, Bo weighs 350 pounds!