Local reptile sanctuary to host annual ‘Snake Day’ event

On Saturday, May 7, the Phoenix Herpetological Society is hosting a family-friendly event designed to teach the public about how snakes are beneficial, their diversity in the world, and the local snakes residents may encounter.

Yellow color Wetar Island Tree Viper, also known as Cryptelytrops insularis, a venomous snake found in the wetlands of Indonesia

Yellow color Wetar Island Tree Viper, also known as Cryptelytrops insularis, a venomous snake found in the wetlands of Indonesia.

Attendees can even interact with some non-venemous snakes.

Snake Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the PHS sanctuary in Scottsdale, near 78th Street and Dynamite Road. Reservations are required.

The event will feature mini-tours of the sanctuary’s snake collection. PHS has the largest collection of venomous snakes in the Southwest, as well as many non-venomous snakes, some of which may be adopted as pets.

Other highlights include:
• A mini-tour of the other critters at the sanctuary;
• A petting zoo/interaction time with animals;
• Presentations about desert safety, the reptiles that call Arizona home and how we can co-exist with them safely.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 4 – 17); toddlers (ages 3 and younger) are free.

For more information about PHS or to register for the event, go to www.PhoenixHerp.com. Click on the Visit tab and go to the Calendar of Events to sign up.

Meal tickets are available for purchase for $5, and include either a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink. They can be purchased online or at the door.

Phoenix Herpetological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates a reptile sanctuary on 2.5 acres of private land in north Scottsdale, which includes more than 1700 animals from around the world, including many rare or endangered species.

The sanctuary has the second-largest Crocodilian collection in the United States and the largest collection of venomous snakes in the Southwest, which are housed in a special glass-enclosed “venom room.”

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