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Reptile Close Encounter

Take a walk on the wild side and make some unusual new friends!

A reptile close encounter is a chance to handle some wonderfully exotic animals, and spend some one-on-one time finding out about your favourite reptiles.

A typical experience could have meeting a skink, a python or a bearded dragon – and getting some amazing photos to show your friends how brave you were!

A reptile encounter is a truly unforgettable experience and makes an amazing gift for any animal lover aged 5 and up!

During your reptile close encounter experience you'll be invited behind the scenes of our Zoo, and have a chance to meet a variety of beautiful reptiles. Depending on who is ready to make friends on the day, our reptiles include; bearded dragon, blue-tongued skink, royal python, boa constrictor, baird’s rat snake, corn snake, and milk snake.

You dedicated Zoo Keeper will be with you to answer all your reptile questions, and take plenty of photos of you holding our reptiles!

What's Included

  • Entry to the Park is included for the reptile close encounter participant(s).
  • Participants under 16 must be accommpanied by an adult who will require a valid day ticket.
  • An additional participant can be added if both participants are from the same group or family, and booked at the same time
  • Additional (non participating) guests will require a valid day ticket
  • Minimum age 5 years, no maximum age!

Your Reptile Close Encounter 

Your reptile experience will begin at 3pm and last around 30 to 40 minutes and includes:

  • Admission into the zoo for the participant
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes access
  • The chance to handle our reptiles
  • One-on-one time with a Zoo Keeper
  • The opportunity for some close up reptile photos
  • An Animal Encounter certificate


Vary depending on date. Please see our booking calendar to view prices

How to Book Your Reptile Close Encounter Experience

Gift voucher holders will need to contact us to request a booking form. We regret that we are unable to make provisional bookings or take bookings over the phone.

Please read our Animal Experience Terms & Conditions before booking.

Please make sure you read our Health & Safety information before booking.

We strongly advise that anyone taking part in an animal encounter has an up-to-date tetanus vaccination. Tetanus is a serious infection that can be transmitted by animals. Should you wish to take part without up-to-date tetanus immunisation, you will be asked to complete a form to confirm you understand the potential risks involved. 

Upgrade Your Experience

Can't choose between our animal encounters? Don't! Spend the whole day with us by booking our Keeper for the Day experience and make many new furry friends!