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Reptilia (Vaughan)

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I think this is Canada's biggest reptile zoo, with animal handlers initiating encounters, special feeding sessions, larger displays, hatcheries... and a huge (very well stocked) store on the side. They got me from the start with the large waterfall by the entrance and the washrooms' water streams from which to wash our hands. Then you access the wide and sinuous corridor lined with reptile habitats, some of them simply beautiful. We mothers were enthralled by the beauty of the green iguana. Not that the kids would notice, they were way too excited to see the small "crocodiles" (actually, they're caimans). Most of the large snakes were lively, the Burmese pythons raising vertically four feet off the ground, as if under the influence of a flute charmer. Even the turtles moved a lot! In the next hours, we attended an interactive reptile show followed by a snake show, hosted by a handler with an appropriate Australian accent in the amphitheatre.

Each day they feed different animals at 11:45 a.m., 1:45, 3:45 and 4:45 p.m. Go to their website to see who gets fed on the day of your visit.

So cute!
A beauty!
Close encounter
Lively turtles

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