Scales and Tales

Fill your stockings with mambas!

There’s nothing like waking up during the holidays to a fresh carpet of snow, fixing yourself a steaming mug of hot chocolate, and finding your stocking has been filled with snakes and alligators.

A coiled mamba viewed from the side

Obviously, putting live snakes in a stocking would be problematic. The alligators even more so. However, we’re offering a special treat this year to bend the laws of physics and put the world’s largest collection of reptiles in your loved ones’ sock, envelope, or whatever wrapping you deem fit for a fabulous gift.


From today until December 18, 2019, we will be happy to take your phone order for gift admissions to Reptile Gardens for the 2020 season. We will mail you or your loved ones a colorful certificate that they can redeem when we open on March 7, 2020, or at any time during our 2020 season. They will be sold at our discounted spring rates, which are:


Adults $14

Seniors (62+) $13

Youth (11-15) $12

Children (4-10) $10

3 and under are free!


These stocking stuffer admissions are currently available through phone orders only. Our animal exhibits remain closed as we prepare for next season.


Call us at (605) 342-5873, or 1-800-335-0275

 Tank the Aldabra tortoise wears a festive knit hat

Whatever holidays you shellebrate, we hope you have a turtle-y awesome season!


Dog Policy

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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