There are two large rooms full of snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators -- plus a few bonus critters like spiders and giant cockroaches. Admission is $8 and it's open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
There are special viewing and handling opportunities at various times -- we arrived in time for the 11am snake-handling. After I allowed a boa constrictor to wander all over my arms, I turned it over to Tina:
Okay, so it was really tiny boa constrictor, but still. Cool.
We were not allowed to handle the Black Mamba below, for obvious reasons.
We spent a happy hour wandering around admiring the various inhabitants:
At noon, Rocko the Rock Iguana was brought out for a little petting session.
Other attractions included Basker the albino alligator:
Pete and Repete, the two-headed turtle:
A bird-eating tarantula (though now its diet is more restricted):
A Green Basilisk:
Markus the Snapping Turtle:
A Reticulated Python:
We had checked in advance on the possibility of doing some drawing while there, and the owner was happy to allow us to sketch. More on that tomorrow!