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Guinness World Records – Meet The Record Breakers
Learn about Reptile Gardens' claim as the Guinness World Records Largest Reptile Zoo with 225 different reptile species as well as some of the reptiles in our collection who hold their own Guinness World Records! Our Curator of Reptiles, Terry Phillips, gives Guinness World Records a guided tour to celebrate Reptile Gardens' inclusion in Guinness World Records 2018 and Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals.

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BBC Extreme Ironing
Hold onto your seat while BBC takes you on an adventurous Black Hills tour with dangerous ironing situations featuring South Dakota's reptile park alligators and snakes, Black Hills caves, and some intense rock climbing.

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What’s My Line 1961
Watch as Tom Kinsella, an Alligator Wrestler at Reptile Gardens, stumps a panel as they attempt to guess his outrageous job at the Rapid City reptile zoo.

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Movie Magic 1997
Watch as this 1997 version of Movie Magic features Hollywood snakes, a behind-the-scene look into filming a movie with the most dangerous snake in the world. The video shows the venomous Black Mamba in action, with footage provided by Reptile Gardens, the must-see family attraction.

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Weather Channel 2001
Examine the clip of the Weather Channel featuring the reptile zoo's alligator wrestling show, snake taming, and their famous Giant tortoise.

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National Geographic Channel
Dangerous Encounters: Deadliest Snakes
NGC reptile expert Brady Barr seeks out the world's most fearsome snakes to determine the deadliest. His criteria: size, poison, personality, and number of human kills. In this episode, Reptile Gardens' own Terry Phillip works with Australia's elusive Inland Taipan and demonstrates the lethal power of this snake's neurotoxic venom on human blood.

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James Bond: Live and Let Die (outtakes)
Footage of James Bond stuntman Ross Kananga’s 5 death-defying attempts to leap over crocodile infested water - one of the 3 crocodiles featured in this movie is from Reptile Gardens.

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Sky Dome

Step inside the Sky Dome to experience a warm tropical climate while exploring our indoor jungle filled with exotic and unique flora and fauna. 

Rattlesnake Gulch

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing or go on a 3D safari. Our very own old west ghost town as numerous photo opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cheyenne's Habitat

Cheyenne the bald eagle has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years with permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac's habitat

Maniac is our resident giant saltwater crocodile. At over 16 feet long and1,350pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere. If you don't see him at his enclosure inside the SkyDome, make sure to check outside!

Prairie Dog Town

Get down to eye-level with these fuzzy little animals and see firsthand what life is like in a typical prairie dog town!

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant Galapagos Tortoise weighing in at over 600 pounds, and a long time resident of Reptile Gardens. His memory lives on at this playground featuring a bronze statue of Methuselah himself. 

Snake Show stage

Get up-close-and-personal with our snake ambassadors in this family-friendly snake handling show.

Gator Show stage

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Separate fact from fiction in this educational, family-friendly show and get a chance to pet Fluffy, our baby gator!

Bird Show stage

Interact with birds from around the world at the Bird Show, where they love to show off their beauty and intelligence. 

Gift Shop

Carrying a wide variety of Reptile Gardens souvenirs as well as educational books for every age and a variety of stunning rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

Green Parrot Cafe

Hungry? Refuel with buffalo burgers, The Maniac burger, Black Mamba Shakes, Indian Tacos, and more!

Giant Tortoise

Don't miss this photo opportunity! Get up-close and personal with these friendly giants who love to have their neck scratched and are great with kids. 

Tortuga Falls

Take a stroll through this meditative garden, gaze into our turtle and koi pond, listen to the waterfalls, and don't miss Darwin the Kookaburra! 

Walking Garden

We're about more than just Reptiles! Our outdoor gardens are beauty to be seen as they change throughout the season and year after year. 

Living Wall

This vertical garden is a wall of color that grows and changes through the Summer season creating striking patterns and unique portraits as it grows. 

Pet A Python

Don't miss your chance to Pet a Python!  Our snake handlers ar here to talk about any questions or myths you've heard about snakes. Don't forget your camera! Our pythons are very photogenic and love to photos with you!