As I mentioned here, here and here, as part of my newish job doing marketing for a tourism bureau, I get to travel around the county and do awesome things. Seriously, not a bad gig right? One of those things involved my visiting the Washington Serpentarium, otherwise known as The Reptile Zoo in Monroe, about 30 minutes outside of Seattle. Otherwise known as a place full of snakes and spiders, so if that makes you squeamish, beware.
I however am only slightly squeamish, and my fascination of all things animal overruled most of the creepiness. I was stoked. The place is packed with all kinds of weird reptiles, seriously, I had never even heard of half the things in there. Some of them were so funny to watch, like this dragon like thing that made a lot of noise and took a lot of effort to heave himself into his swimming pool.
Or the tortoises that behaved like dogs–I walked by, and all of a sudden, all the turtles RAN towards me. Guys, they ran. Did you know turtles run?? I didn’t. I mean it wasn’t very fast, but it was definitely faster than their usual pace. I was staring in amazement and then the zookeeper came up, laughing. He said they knew it was time to eat so they saw a person and assumed I would feed them. I mean, I can respect that–who doesn’t like to eat? Amazing.
There are also alligators there, which I felt less excited about. I wanted to see them but I really am very afraid of crocodiles and alligators and anything of the sort ever since a very traumatic event occurred to a friend when I was a teenager. I don’t want to get into it, but it left both me and my sister with an intense fear of crocodiles and alligators. I can’t even see them on TV without breaking into a sweat. Lately though I’m kind of into doing things that scare me (so they won’t scare me anymore), so walking up and looking at the alligators was something I knew I wanted to do. I even told myself I’d hold a baby one if they had one there that day and were letting people touch them (they didn’t have any babies though). I must admit, I was a little relieved.
One thing I wish I had done was hold one of the snakes, but I felt stupid asking if they would pull one out for me since I was the only person there at the time. I should learn to get over myself and stop being embarrassed, because later I regretted it–the snakes they had to hold were actually really cute!
All in all it was a great experience for an animal lover like me. The zookeepers and staff there are passionate about reptiles, and you can tell they really care about the well-being of the animals in the zoo. It’s a fantastic place to take little kids, because many of the animals are in open pens, and touching some of the creatures is allowed.
Have you ever been to The Reptile Zoo or a place like it?