Scottsdale reptile sanctuary offers memorable holiday experience

Chinese Alligator. Photo credit: Phoenix Herpetological Society.

Chinese Alligator.
Photo credit: Phoenix Herpetological Society.

The Phoenix Herpetological Society is offering a way to add some adventure to your holiday season.

Visitors to PHS’ world-renowned reptile sanctuary can get up close and personal with more than 1700 animals from around the world during holiday tours going on now.

PHS is home to alligators, crocodiles, snakes and more, including many rare or endangered species, according to a press release.

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.”

Tours will take place in small groups with opportunities to get up close to the animals.

Guides will provide insights into the unique roles these animals play in our ecosystem.

Visitors can even sign up to feed an animal on the “Feast for the Beast” menu when checking in for the tour. The optional feeding ranges from $5 to $10, depending on the animal, and helps support the rising cost of caring for these incredible creatures, the release stated.

The reservation-only tours take place now through Jan. 2, with tours starting at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. most days. Check dates and times by going to or e-mailing

The cost for the 2-hour tour is $20 for adults ages 18 to 54, and $15 for seniors (55 and older) and children ages 4 to 17. Ages 3 and under are admitted free.

Private VIP tours may be arranged for an additional fee.

Reservations are required for the tours. PHS is located in north Scottsdale; address will be provided at the time of reservation.

Register through the sanctuary’s website at, and clicking on the link of the home page, or call PHS at 480-513-4377, and select option 3.

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