This interactive family-oriented show gives you the chance to have an up-close-and-personal experience with Reptile Gardens' snake ambassadors: the Black Tailed Cribo, Mangrove Snake, Burmese Python, Cottonmouth, Asian Cobra, and Prairie Rattlesnake... just to name a few.
Summer Season Show Times
9:00 | 11:15 | 1:45 | 4:15 | 6:30
On busy summer days there will be an additional show at 12:30, with other show times adjusted slightly. Show times are subject to change. Please call ahead if you want to see a specific show.
Your sense of intrigue will be heightened as our keepers work with these captivating creatures and highlight the physical attributes of the harmless variety of snakes, the awesome strength of the constrictors, and the 3 different types of venomous snakes - including the cobra, whose venom is powerful enough to kill an adult human in as little as 7 minutes!
These professional snake keepers also discuss snake safety, including precautions to take if you ever come face-to-face with these creatures in the wild. You will even have the unique opportunity to touch our non-venomous snakes, take pictures with your new slithery friends, and talk one-on-one with our knowledgeable keepers about these legless creatures!
Snake Fun Facts
- Snakes can go long periods (months) without food due to their low metabolism. In fact, this is common in the wild where food is frequently scarce for long periods of time.
- Snakes have no movable eyelids or external ears.
- Snakes are the world's most effective natural control on rodent population.
- Most snakes can swallow prey that is 3 times or more their own body diameter.
- Snakes have 6 rows of teeth, four on top and two on the bottom.
- Less than one-third of the world's snake species are venomous and less than 10% are dangerously venomous. (Exception: In Australia, 65% of all snake species are venomous; in the United States only 10% of the snake species are venomous).
- Common cobra venom is not on the list of top 10 venoms yet is still 40 times more toxic than cyanide.
- The King Cobra can administer 350-450 milligrams of venom in a single bite, enough to kill 10-13 adult humans or a large elephant.
- The venom of the Australian Brown Snake is so powerful only 1/14,000th of on ounce is enough to kill a human.
- Gaboon Vipers have the longest fangs of any snake, sometimes reaching nearly two inches in length.
- The world's longest snake is the Reticulated Python.
- The oldest snake on record was a 44 year-old African Ball Python.
- The fastest moving land snake is the Black Mamba, which sustained a speed of 7 MPH over a measured distance of 47 yards. Short bursts of 15 MPH may be possible for this snake.
- The largest venomous snake is the King Cobra, having reached lengths over 18 feet.
- You can't tell the age of a rattlesnake by counting its segments because it gets a new rattle segment each time it sheds its skin, which can occur 1 to 6 times per year.
- Some pythons and King Cobras actually make and protect nests for their eggs and then "incubate" the eggs. While incubating eggs, a mother python is able to raise her body temperature through muscle contractions by as much as 7° F.