In our Arizona travels we booked in a private visit to the Phoenix Herpetological Society; a private non-profit Reptile sanctuary in Scottsdale. They have a state-of-the-art Venom Room its the first of its kind: floor to ceiling glass walls, housing over 220 snakes of 95 different species. In this video we get up close and personal with some of the most venomous snakes in the world, like the Black Mamba, Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Vipers, Puff Adders, Taipans and Cobras. We get to handle a Python and meet a 110lb female Anaconda! Plus we meet some lovely big boy lizards.

The Sanctuary is a statewide surrender, rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and education facility with over 1500 animals on display: alligators, Nile crocodiles, caiman, monitor lizards, iguanas, Gila monsters, tortoises and turtles (see in the next video). Most of these animals have been rescued, confiscated (due to abuse / illegal imports) or their owners could no longer care for them.

It was a highly educational and interactive experience. The visits are by private appointment only, so do book ahead of time. Tours are about 3 hours in duration and the guides are highly knowledgeable, providing you with interesting back-stories about the animals that reside there. In particular one venomous Snake was used as a mascot by a hate group – thankfully the creature was rescued by the Sanctuary. Another venomous snake killed his owner who at the time was drunk and decided to show his snake off to his party friends!! It didn’t end well.

TIP: We also learnt that most snakes don’t like to be held at either end (it scares them hanging in mid air, we don’t like it as humans they don’t like it as reptiles) they instead like their bodies to be held and supported, and will often curl around your own body for support.

Had such a great time and highly recommend! If you get to travel to Phoenix Arizona, do pay them a visit.

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Stunning Snakes! Lovely Lizards visiting Phoenix Herpetological with Bianca Te Rito

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