pet news

DECEMBER 2, 2015

Reptile sanctuary offers unique tours during holiday season

Get up close and personal with snakes, alligators, lizards, giant tortoises and more

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) 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.

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 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 emailing

The cost for the 2-hour tour is $20 for adults ages 18 to 54, and $15 for seniors (55 and older) and kids ages 4 to 17. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Private VIP tours may be arranged for an additional fee.

Reservations are required for the tours.

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