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Address: 2710 Big John Drive, DeLand, FL
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Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice...

Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.

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Interesting to hold harmless snakes and watching milking of snakes for venom

The Reptile Discovery Center is a small facility in DeLand Fl. They exhibit many exotic snakes. The bring out two harmless snakes for all to hold if they want. They do an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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DeLand, Florida
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DeLand, Florida
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Reptile Discovery Center is a small facility in DeLand Fl. They exhibit many exotic snakes. The bring out two harmless snakes for all to hold if they want. They do an excellent job of reducing people's fear of these reptiles. They the demonstrate milking of snakes behind a glass wall, On the day we were there, they milked and... More 

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York, South Carolina
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

But....If you are truly, really deathly phobic of snakes this place is not for you. (or maybe immersion therapy might be the trick) If you love and respect animals of all kinds this is a MUST see. The staff is fantastic! Carl the director is great to talk to and will spend all the time in the world discussing his... More 

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Thank Walter I
Pinellas Park, Florida, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is a very interesting place, off the beaten track, that gets you up close and personal with cobras and pythons and other venomous (poisonous) snakes. We missed the venom extraction - I think that would boost the rating up to 4 circles - and with the threat of rain, skipped the discovery walk - but found the rest to... More 

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Lake George, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

My daughter is obsessed with reptiles, especially cobras so when I found out about this place I knew she would love it. I booked a birthday package for her 7th birthday (yes, they do that!) and was so incredibly impressed with our experience here. Upon arrival we were taken on a private guided tour of the nature trails by a... More 

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DeLand, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Very interesting and educational experience if you are fortunate to be there for the snake milking. Has great specimens of snakes, lizards etc and make sure to take the walk around outside!

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Thank Theresa L
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

For years we've talked of visiting the center and never made time. After today's visit, we've scolded ourselves for waiting so long! Out of the many things we did this summer, this is tops on the list and it's practically in our backyard. Not only does the center have a fantastic collection of reptiles of many kinds, but the venom... More 

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1 Thank DeAnne M
DeLand, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Love this place. So educational and neat. A lot of reptiles and Carl and Mara are so knowledgeable! !

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Thank Tiffany G
DeLand, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Even if you don't like snakes this is a wonderful experience! You get the opportunity to hold or pet snakes which just might change your mind about snakes. Go when you can see them milk the snakes. I went there for a Leadership Retreat and everyone really enjoyed it!

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Thank danrosebaugh
DeLand, Florida
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Cannot say enough good about this place! Carl and the entire crew are amazing! We've had Bday parties here, field trips and just because trips and it never disappoints!

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Thank Jessica H
Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a great place for anyone to learn about reptiles and venom extraction - Carl and his staff are the best and very knowledgeable about what they love doing - be sure to stop by and enjoy a great experience!!

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