Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Visit to the Reptile Zoo, part 1

I took a lot of photos, so am breaking this up into two parts.  On Easter Sunday, Tina and I visited the Reptile Zoo which is just east of Monroe.  It is run by a former biology teacher and does great work educating folks about our cold-blooded friends.

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!


  1. OOH!! I'm so glad I remembered to click on the photos to make them larger. Awesome stuff! Love the color of that gecko. I must visit this place.

    1. If you do, I can point you to a fabulous little Mexican cafe in the back of a grocery store in downtown Monroe. The veggie quesadilla I got has been feeding me for three days now -- huge portions, and it was stuffed with stuff -- cheese, spinach, mushrooms, beans, yams, zucchini...with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. YUM!!