We stopped here after going to Mont St Michel (that was a horrible experience). This was a backup just-in-case it rained.
We had no expectations of what to see and to do. Parking was easy around the site, plenty of places when we were there. Paid the entrance fee, no idea how much it was, but suspect it wasn't cheap.
First things we saw were around 20 large alligators resting. You are on a platform around six feed above them, with a protruding ledge to stop any alligators jumping up. I understand that they can actually get high in the air :)
Anyway, its quite an awesome sight, some of these animals are big. Enough to make your toes curl just looking at them, I have no idea why some people were unimpressed, I was fascinated as were my two girls (six and four). There are a wide variety and large number of alligators and crocs including two albino ones. Very impressive. We came back to watch some french lunatic feed the crocs by hand. He tapped them on the nose and hand fed them meat. Words fail me.
Anyway if you do want to watch him feed the crocs make sure you get their in good time and take camera. Mind you he might have been eaten by them when you read this :)
As well as the crocs, there are terrapins by the gazillion which are nice to watch. The centre keeps tame rabbits to keep the grass down which was nice. I assume the rabbits don't go near to the crocs and alligators.
We loved the giant tortoises. We were there at feeding and the man dojng the talking was very, very knowledgeable and from the UK. He was very happy to do it all again in English as well as perfect French. We spent over an hour just watching the tortoises and the girls stroking the backs of them. Very peaceful.
We also saw the other reptiles and snakes. Again no idea why people weren't impressed. We've seen most zoos on most continents and this reptile section was better than most. Once nice feature is the children have clear tunnels that go through the boa section. You can have pictures of the kids in the middle of a Boa curled around the perspex viewing cube. Great fun.
Food prices were average, it is France so don't expect anything cheap. We only tried ice lollies. Toilets were clean and easy to find. I recall we filled water bottles from a drinking water tap.
Overall we were very pleased with our visit and would certainly go again.
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