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Cape Fear Serpentarium

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Address: 20 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: (910) 762-1669
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Nice collection, where your tin foil hat

This is an interesting place. Lots of exotic snakes. The things we didn't like was the lack of space for the crocodiles, it seems cruel to cram them in such a small space. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
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Beaufort, North Carolina
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I like a good serpent house at a zoo, although I prefer my snakes behind glass than in the wild. This serpent house rivaled the best I've seen. The temperature was warm in the place, so the snakes were surprisingly active. The black and eastern green mambas didn't stop moving. Having been there on a weekday, the weekend feedings at... More 

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McMurdo Station Antarctica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was interested in a visit. Checked out the website. Filled with random political conspiracy theories. That was a turn-off, but I gave the place a shot. The snakes are great, loads of variety. The informational placards were interesting, but always for the right reasons. Seems the Owner-operator, Dean Ripa, has some conspiracy theories on a range of topics which I... More 

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Hemingway, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Georgetown County, South Carolina, but look forward often to return to Wilmington and the serpentarium. The last time I took with me two visitors from Paraguay and they were thrilled to see the variety of snakes and the feeding show. I am thrilled to visit this serpentarium every time. I think it is important to teach children... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a huge variety of snakes with a story board for each one. It is very informative and interesting.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

While there were indeed many interesting snakes, the place was, overall, depressing and unsettling. First, the displays were like something out of the 1960s - diarama-like habitats and barely any room for the snakes and crocodiles to move around. As an animal-lover, my daughter was near tears because of the conditions. Second, the poster in the entryway was bizarre -... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

this was one of the most horrible experiences I've ever had regarding animals. the poor things were kept in cages so small they looked like they could barely breath. as I walked around, there were no happy faces. not on the animals, or even the people walking around. even the guy who was running it was horrible. I would not... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Let me begin by saying snakes are not my thing, but the variety of rare venomous and nonvenomous snakes and reptiles was quite impressive. Rattlesnakes, mambas, pythons, cobras, crocodiles, monitor lizards and parrots are on display. We were able to visit during feeding time. Talk about an adrenaline rush! So glad we went!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

When one enters one is greeted by a poster on an entire wall devoted to support for a crackpot "theory" about global Warming (Washington political-military-corporate conspiracy) . This is not connected to anything to do with reptiles and their is no peer-reviewed Scientific literature on this. Given the type of information on this poster, one thenm queries whether all of... More 

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Georgia523
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194 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This is an interesting place. Lots of exotic snakes. The things we didn't like was the lack of space for the crocodiles, it seems cruel to cram them in such a small space. The conspiracy theories are a bit over the top. The "owner" is nutty. I wonder why they are located there if they don't like the local government... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

All kinds of snakes and a few other things. From all over the world. Good explanations. Concentrates on boa types and venomous. May colorful snakes that will keep children happy even when they are not moving.

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