Phoenix Herpetological Society offers tours for holiday season

The Phoenix Herpetological Society is offering a unique way to celebrate the holiday season.

Visitors to PHS’ reptile sanctuary can get up close and personal with more than 1,700 animals from around the world during special holiday tours from Dec. 17 through Jan. 7. Guides will provide insights into the unique roles these animals play in our ecosystem.

PHS is home to alligators, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and more, 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,” according to a release.

This year, PHS is offering two ways for visitors to go on a tour.

The first are classic tours, which are two-hour tours of the sanctuary to see and learn about a wide variety of reptiles, according to a release. These tours are at 11 a.m. each day during the stretch.

The second are called specialty tours which start at 1 p.m. and will follow this schedule:

  • Monday – Tortoise Tour
  • Tuesday – Croc Tour
  • Wednesday 12/21 & 1/4 – Preschool Tour
  • Wednesday 12/28 – Senior Tour
  • Thursdays – Snake Tour
  • Fridays – Venomous Snake Tour
  • Saturday, 12/17 only – Family Tour (not recommended for adults or families without children) Reservations are required for the tours, which start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. most days between Dec. 17 and Jan. 7.

The cost is $20 for adults ages 18-54, and $15 for seniors (55 and older) and kids ages 4-17. Children 3 and under are free.

Private VIP tours may be arranged for an additional fee. Go to

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