Pet News | May 4, 2016

Pet news

4th May 2016

Valley Reptile Sanctuary is organizing a fun event to educate the public about misunderstood animals

Ophidiophobia: abnormal fear of snakes
Phoenix Herpetological Society Yellow Wetar Island Tree Viper

SCOTTSDALE – fear of snakes … it’s the second most common phobia in the world.
On Saturday May 7th, the Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) is hosting a family-friendly event designed to show the public how useful snakes are, their diversity in the world, and the local (indigenous) snakes we may encounter. Participants can even interact with some non-venomous snakes.

Snake Day takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the PHS Shrine in Scottsdale, near 78th Street and Dynamite Road. Reservations are required.

This event offers mini tours of the sanctuary’s serpent collection. PHS has the largest collection of venomous snakes in the Southwest, as well as many non-venomous snakes, some of which can be adopted as pets.

Further highlights are:
• A mini tour to the other living beings in the sanctuary
• A petting zoo / interaction time with animals
• Presentations on desert safety, the reptiles that call Arizona home, and how we can live safely with them.

King Cobra Snake
Phoenix Herpetological Society

Tickets are $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for children (ages 4-17); Infants (up to 3 years) are free.

For more information about PHS or to register for the event, visit Click the Visit tab and go to the Events Calendar to sign up.

Meal cards are available for $ 5 and include either a hamburger or hot dog, fries, and a drink. They can be bought online or at the door.

The Phoenix Herpetological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating rescued reptiles and educating the public about life with these amazing creatures. PHS operates a reptile sanctuary on 2.5 acres of private land in north Scottsdale that includes more than 1,700 animals from around the world, including many rare or critically endangered species.
The sanctuary has the second largest collection of crocodiles in the United States and the largest collection of venomous snakes in the Southwest, housed in a special glass-enclosed “poison room”.

PHS works with government wildlife agencies to care for and house reptiles, conduct research and breeding programs for endangered reptiles, and serve as a resource for humane societies across the country. It also provides education for Arizona youth and teaches coexistence, respect, understanding, and responsible reptile ownership through public and private schools.

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