House of Reptiles

Robinson,SW Portland,Villa Ridge

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An indochinese spitting cobra, a sidewinder, and a black mamba are among the dozens of serpents housed in a museum staffed by snake experts

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The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with this Groupon.

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  • $3 for a visit for two (a $6 value)
  • $6 for a visit for four (a $12 value)
  • $15 for an annual membership for one (a $30 value)
  • $22 for an annual family membership (a $45 value)

House of Reptiles

Tanis, Egypt. 1937. Indiana Jones descends into the fabled Well of the Souls, and lands in a slithering knot of black asps. The swashbuckler is struck dumb with terror, managing only to mutter the now iconic phrase: “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Indiana Jones is not alone in his phobia. Tim Criswell hopes to change that.

Though the House of Reptiles founder doesn’t deny snakes’ potential to inflict harm, he hopes to foster in the public a more nuanced understanding of reptiles. He has amassed dozens of snakes over the years, including exotic specimens such as the indochinese spitting cobra, reticulated gila monster, and black mamba. He houses these serpents in his reptile museum, which was spotlighted in the Times not only for its exotic-species collection, but also for its mission to educate the public about the oft-feared-but-seldom-understood reptiles.

In addition to the museum, House of Reptiles features a retail store staffed by expert snake handlers, who draw upon years of experience to advise fledgling snake owners on proper care. Dozens of snakes are also available for purchase, giving animal lovers new friends who don't insist on cuddling every night.

Customer Reviews

I wouldn't have gone because I didn't know it existed. The staff was so nice and informative. My niece and I had a great time.... Will tell everyone
Jennifer S. · February 20, 2013
Exceeded my expectations. Very clean and professional business with a wide variety of reptiles and creatures I had never seen before. Information was posted about each animal and my sons and my husband and I just though it was great. A hidden gem!
Jessica B. · January 21, 2013
Amazing assortment of reptiles!
Christine H. · January 21, 2013

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