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Reptile Discovery Center

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Address: 2710 Big John Drive, DeLand, FL
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+1 386-740-9143
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Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice...

Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.

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Educational and Exciting!

We had many age levels represented in our group. Everyone enjoyed and learned from the experience. I agree with the other reviewers, you must not miss the venom collection... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Patsyls
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DeLand, Florida
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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had many age levels represented in our group. Everyone enjoyed and learned from the experience. I agree with the other reviewers, you must not miss the venom collection programs. Visit their website to get times and information.

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Thank Patsyls
DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm very afraid of snakes, but after this visit, my fright scale is not as high. The owner and staff know there subject and presented it in a very engaging way. The demonstrations were amazing. Those who wished to could hold or pet the snakes. I was content to just look. Excellent experience for people like myself who are afraid... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plan your visit around the venom extraction demonstrations! You don't want to miss this exciting and informative part of the discovery center. Call ahead to get the times for the day and then plan to arrive with 30-60 minutes either before or after the demonstration, depending on the interest level of the people with you. There is an outdoor discovery... More 

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Thank Lynn R
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I have been to RDC many times and have taken my students several of those times. Where else can you see 1000s of venomous snakes having their venom carefully extracted by an expert? The venom show is well set up with a glass window so you can safely be a foot away from a cobra or rattlesnake. In addition to... More 

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Thank lizardtiff
Ponce Inlet, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a real hidden gem. They have a good collection of reptiles, but the jewel in the crown is the venom collection display run by Carl the owner. His level of sincerity and passion shows clearly, and he's keen to share his world with you and it shows. Due to his gentle demeanor, he actually convinced my wife that... More 

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Thank Gomuchfaster
East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

my husband is really into reptiles.. me not so much but he rally enjoyed himself and taught me some things.

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Thank jolejill77
Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I have not been myself, but my grand children have gone numerous times and been amazed and moved by the beautiful animals and the good work done here.

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Thank LInda E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is a small, privately run herpetarium. The owner performs live venom extraction behind a glass wall for the production of anti-venins and lab research. The animal cases are the best arranged and cleanest I have ever see, as only an owner and enthusiast would do. Highly recommended.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I am always looking for ways to sneak in educational experiences in fun outings with my son. His school went to the Reptile Discovery Center and it is the only place that I know that you can see "milking" of reptiles for anti venom. We packed our lunches and enjoyed their covered picnic area. They have hiking trails with tours... More 

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florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Seeing the venom extraction was incredible. Impressed we saw so many snakes during it. Also got to hold a few. Know that they are closed till October 20 (check website) as of August 20 (tommorrow). Always good idea to call to check as longer drive from Orlando area but worth it.

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