Reptile Fortnight at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Deadly snakes will soon be slithering into Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm to add a bite to our busy summer schedule!

We’re running a two-week long event with educational workshops focusing on some of the world’s most notorious reptiles.


Reptile Fortnight runs at the Wraxall zoo from Monday, August 4 to Saturday, August 16.

The highlight is surely the breath-taking Venomous Snake Shows running in the Ark Arena at 12.30pm and 2pm every day.

Put on by the reptile experts from Bristol’s Reptile Zone, the shows introduce highly dangerous creatures to our visitors in a safe, controlled environment.

Experienced snake handler Pete Blake will lead demonstrations with notorious snakes like Black mambas and Taipans, designed to demonstrate their amazing behaviours and adaptations.

These relaxed and informal demonstrations will offer alternative views of these incredible creatures, as well as teaching visitors about snake biology, venom and its uses in modern medicine.

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Mr Blake will display the snakes from within a see-through Perspex room specially constructed to give both maximum visibility and safety for visitors. Specially trained in handling venomous snakes, Mr Blake is perfectly placed to showcase the very best of these reptiles.

Black mambas have a fearsome reputation. These sub-Saharan African snakes are highly venomous and one of the fastest moving snakes in the world.

Second only to the King cobra in length, Black mambas have toxic, fast-acting venom. Without quick anti-venom treatment, a bite is almost always fatal.

Despite its name, the Black mamba’s back skin colour ranges from olive, brown and grey to khaki.

The King cobra, the world’s longest venomous snake, is found across India and South-east Asia, where it chiefly preys on other snakes.

Also on show will be the venomous Taipan snake, which hails from Australia, and the Diamondback rattlesnake. This American native pit viper is often feared but usually tries to avoid human contact and only attacks in defence.

These daily shows are free for all day ticket visitors to Noah’s Ark, making the coming weeks a great time for a family day out in Bristol!

There will also be a chance to meet and have your photograph taken with some of the reptiles – just the friendly non-venomous ones! These include the Mississippi alligator, Panther chameleon and Burmese python.

Visitors will be able to handle and make lasting memories by having their photo taken with the reptiles (at a £5 charge).

This will be the ninth year we have run the event, which is going from strength to strength and always proves popular with visitors.

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Reptile Fortnight is a good time to visit the reptiles who live here on the Ark. We’ve got beautiful Royal pythons, as well as Nile crocodiles, Crocodile monitor lizards, Green iguanas and Bearded dragons.

As well as the exciting reptile events, we’ve got lots of other fun on offer during the summer holidays. Staff and small animals will be visiting Ashton Court for this year’s Bristol Balloon Fiesta on the weekend of August 9 and 10, giving visitors a chance to meet our animals and find out more about Noah’s Ark.

You can book your Noah’s Ark summer visit tickets online, where you’ll be given a bonus 5% off your entrance and guarantee your place on the Ark.

For more information about Reptile Fortnight or any of our animals, please visit the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm website or call 01275 852606.


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