Reptiles are among the earth's most misunderstood creatures, alongside soccer referees and medieval-faire reenactors. Cast aside myths and embrace swamp-dwelling truth with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a one-day general-admission ticket to Reptilia, a reptile repository in Vaughan (up to a $15 value, and a $15.75 value beginning July 1 when the new HST tax kicks in). Reptilia is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Reptilia corrals the cold-blooded of the earth to create one of Canada's largest reptile zoos. With a general-admission ticket, guests will get access to the scaled and slithering attractions at the 25,000-square-foot zoo with more than 75 species of reptiles on display. Ponder the Ouroboros of your meteorology career while viewing the zoo's 22-foot-long pythons, or pay respect to all 14 feet and 1,100 pounds of the Nile crocodile, Induna. Feedings are held daily, giving guests up-close access to the reptilian rhapsody-in-jaws usually seen only by rodents, gazelles, and doomed safari guides. Other sights at Reptilia include a 13-foot-long king cobra, a gaboon viper, and an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, as well as iguanas, toads, and tortoises. Numerous shows are held at the zoo throughout the day, allowing guests to learn a bit more about the creatures without having to delve into tedious alligator autobiographies or monitor lizard memoirs.
If your experience with reptiles has been limited to turtle wax, crocodile tears, or the Sylvester Stallone movie Cobra, Reptilia is an ideal introduction to these fascinating fauna. Call up your favourite herpetologist and visit Reptilia for a day of diverse dinosaur descendants.
Spanning 25,000 square feet of living quarters for coldblooded creatures, Reptilia houses more than 200 venomous and nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians. Experienced keepers and handlers educate zoo-goers on the critters that make up the more than 50 exhibits, including star attractions such as a 14-foot king cobra, a red-footed tortoise, and Induna—a 14-foot Nile crocodile weighing more than 1,200 pounds. Besides expounding on animals’ eating habits during four live feedings each day, the staff also demonstrates the reptiles’ instinctive behaviors during live shows in an on-site theatre. Furthering its commitment to reptilian education, the zoo helps visitors overcome their irrational fears of snakes, spiders, and terrarium glass in a four-week course dedicated to phobias, and camp counselors guide Reptilia campers through science experiments, arts and crafts, and ecologically focused zoo tours.