The mezzanine level Sky Dome houses some of the world’s deadliest snakes – and is one of the largest collection of reptiles in the world!

You won’t just be meeting the world’s deadliest snakes on the Mezzanine Level of the Sky Dome, you’ll also see our exotic reptile collection. Meet the most venomous snakes on earth, the Fierce Snake (we have the only specimens of this rare species in North America), as well as the rarest snakes in the world, the Rough-scaled Python, as well as Giant Pythons, Mambas, Cobras, venomous lizards, and rattlesnakes.

Not only do you get to see our extensive reptile collection and the world’s deadliest snakes on the Mezzanine Level, but you get a truly fantastic view of the Safari Room.  It’s great for photos and you might just see some of our lizard residents taking up shelter behind the tribal masks hanging on the walls of the Safari Room.  Sometimes they’re only visible from walking around the Mezzanine Level!

For those not particularly fond of the reptile collection, many of the exhibits on the Mezzanine Level feature fossils, beautiful mineral specimens, photos, and woodcarvings. The Mezzanine Level also houses an exact cast of an Archelon Turtle Fossil, which is the largest ever found.  The fossil was actually discovered by paleontologists a short distance from Reptile Gardens in the 1970s!  Despite efforts by Reptile Gardens' founder Earl Brockelsby to keep the original in South Dakota, it was sold to a museum in Vienna, Austria.


The Mezzanine Level in the Sky Dome is a great opportunity to see one of the world’s largest reptile collection and some of the world’s deadliest snakes.  It’s definitely one of the most popular attractions at Reptile Gardens. One of the largest collection of reptiles in the world is located just 6 miles south of Rapid City, SD at 8955 S. Highway 16.  Just look for the giant dome at the bottom of the hill on Highway 16.  We can’t wait to see you! 



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We love all animals, wild and domesticated. Unfortunately due to a high number of recent incidents with dogs, our insurance company has advised us that we can no longer allow dogs, or other personal pets, on the Reptile Gardens grounds. ADA approved service dogs are, of course, allowed although there are three areas where they are not allowed for their safety and the safety of our animals. We do offer a shaded grassy area adjacent to our parking lot for walking your dog. We only ask that your pet be leashed and attended to at all times. You are welcome to come and go from the park as often as you like to tend to your dog. For more information, visit our FAQ Page


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