Scottsdale reptile sanctuary to host Gators & Ghouls Oct. 23-24

Chinese Alligator. Photo credit: Phoenix Herpetological Society.

Chinese Alligator.
Photo credit: Phoenix Herpetological Society.

The Phoenix Herpetological Society will present a unique, family-friendly event on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, at its nationally renowned reptile sanctuary in north Scottsdale.

During the Gators and Ghouls event, guests can spend the evening roaming the intimate sanctuary, enjoying the flying bats above and the creepy crawlies below. The event will also feature some extra spooky animal interactions and a chance to watch them being fed.

Come trick or treat with the reptiles, play Halloween-themed games and vote in the Best Reptile Costume Contest. Walk through the foggy swamps of the Gator area, but be careful of the ghouls…

Snacks and drinks will be available. Register online at www.phoenixherp.com. Click on the event graphic on the home page to get to the registration page.

The event will be 6-10 p.m. each night at the Phoenix Herpetological Society near 78th Street and Dynamite Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are to be $10 for children ages 3-16; $15 for teenagers and adults; and children ages three and under are free.

Proceeds from the event will help support PHS’ mission of “Conservation through Education.” The sanctuary is home to nearly 1700 native and exotic reptiles, many of them endangered, according to a press release.

Animals include snakes, lizards such as green iguanas and Asian monitors, alligators, crocodiles, desert and Galapagos tortoises, turtles and more. A secure, glass-enclosed room houses the largest collection of venomous snakes in the western United States, with 82 species and subspecies — including a black mamba, widely considered one of the world’s most lethal snakes, and the critically endangered Aruba Island rattlesnake.

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