Sssssssimply exciting! What an awesome experience. If you are looking to get your adrenaline pumping then a visit to Dragon Rock Reptile Centre is definitely for you.
The reptile centres we have encountered in the past have the usual slithering snakes in glass tanks and maybe a snake demonstration if you are lucky. Dragon Rock Reptile Centre, on the other hand, takes the reptile interaction to the next level – a snake enthusiast’s dream come true.
When we arrived we did not know what to expect and then Cornell appeared and ushered us into the first room which had a variety of snakes. Half the room shrieked with joy whilst the other half shrieked in fear. As the first snakes were brought out for the visitors to hold, most people were eager to learn more about them.
Cornell told us interesting facts about the snakes: what they eat, where they are found and whether they pose any danger to humans. The sad reality is that snakes are often killed for no reason other than fear. Due to the human population growth and increase in habitat size, it is likely that humans will come across these majestic creatures at some point. The best way to deal with them is not to touch them but rather to call a trained expert to extract the snake from your premises.
There were venomous snakes too, which, for obvious reasons we could not hold but we could look at in awe. This included one of South Africa’s most deadly – the black mamba – which gets its name not from the colour of its skin but from the black colour in its mouth. It is one of South Africa’s most aggressive snakes.
There was a baby alligator that Cornell brought out from its enclosure and it was being held and cuddled by the visitors and was completely happy being handled. When in your life can you say that you had the opportunity to hold an alligator?
The next variety of animals we saw were hedgehogs, lizards and spiders. These too were completely comfortable being handled and a brave few held them under supervision. We were also introduced to a family of ferrets whose cuteness most visitors could not resist.
For the grand finale of the snake demonstration Cornell introduced us to Custard, a massive Burmese python. By the end of Cornell’s presentation, those who had shrieked in fear in the beginning were volunteering to hold Custard. An achievement well done on their part!
It will certainly be an experience that we will not forget. Thanks to Cornell and the team at the Dragon Rock Reptile Centre!
For further info you can contact Dragon Rock Reptile Centre directly:
Cell: 082 955 1404
Cell: 082 458 4384