Reptile Gardens is an odd oasis of exotic animals from around the world, displayed beautifully in a group of buildings just south of Rapid City. There are giant tortoises, alligators, crocodiles, tarantulas, scorpions, and snakes, oh the snakes. There are hundreds of snakes. Snakes from all over the world, each displayed in a carefully designed habitat, that mimics the natural environment of the snakes home country, I guess. They could just throw some stuff in there and I would't know it didn't look like Southeast Asia, or the deep jungles of Africa. This would be a good place to point out that according to the website Most of the animals at Reptile Gardens are from Zoo Trades, and not captured in the wild.
The chosen "gator" this time did not really want to be part of the show. He kept trying to escape, and the poor man would have to pull him back. While doing this the other "gators" would come stalking
up behind him. He would have to shoo them away, while holding onto the wrestling opponents tail. It was easy to worry that the show was going to get a little too exciting.
But, the show came off without incident, and we were off to the main exhibit hall. This is where all of the snakes are displayed. Their enclosures are marked with helpful signs, and interesting facts, "Venomous," or "Very Venomous." I can't speak for anyone else, but when I walk up the an enclosure and the words "very venomous" are screaming at me, and there is nothing inside it makes me a little nervous. Where is that damned thing? creeping up behind me? hanging on one of exposed beams overhead, getting ready to drop, bite me and ring down the curtain on the final act of my way too short, not nearly finished life? Time to move on, quickly.