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Lance

“The stories are endless.”

Position: Assistant Manager

Responsibilities: Look over maintenance guys, help with hiring, help the reptile department, various odds and ends jobs

Lance started out working at Reptile Gardens in 1995 by doing maintenance when he was 16 years old. Not too long after that he began working on helping with reptile shows up until about 2014 when he moved up to Assistant Manager. While working at Reptile Gardens he gained his Business Administration degree, which he said he values a great deal and helps him in his job daily.

Since he’s been there for quite a few years, he’s had numerous experiences that makes it hard to pick just one that is his most memorable. After being bit by an alligator, doing thousands of various shows, and having a bat attack him during a show, he said it’s hard to pick one.

Best part of the job: It’s easy to figure out, however, what Lance’s favorite part of the job is, and that’s the people, from the employees to the Guests.

“Working with young people keeps you young. Pretty much from the get go, the camaraderie is a big part of it. Everyone is part of the group.”

Things to know about Lance:

1.He likes to spend as much time as possible with his daughter and two sons.
2. He loves doing outdoorsy things, such as hiking, and also enjoys lounging with his kids.
3. He has a Chiweenie, a Chihuahua and weenie mix.

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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 some of the most exotic 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!