200 L & E Railroad
Slade, KY 40376
(606) 663-9160

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you have at your zoo?
We have over 75 different species of reptiles, including snakes, turtles, lizards and alligators. Most of our residents are venomous snakes, because we provide venom for medical research.

Is your facility indoors or outdoors?
The exhibits are indoors, but in separate buildings that visitors walk between. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and planning for outdoor weather to get around the buildings.
It's also important to note that while we do have air conditioning, we keep our buildings in the mid-70s to support our reptiles!
Update: we do require masks inside our gift shop and anytime guests are closer than 10 feet to a zoo employee. Separate groups will not be permitted to be in the same exhibit at the same time, but we are limiting the number of groups inside the zoo at once to avoid guests having to wait on each other.

Do you have a restroom?
We do not! We apologize for this inconvenience. We advise stopping at the rest area off our exit before your visit!

Do I need to make an appointment?
During our open hours, you do not need an appointment.
Update: However, we are only allowing 4 tour groups in at one time (a tour group consisting of family or visitors who have arrived together). If you arrive when we are full, you have the option to either wait until a slot opens, or to purchase entry for a specific time later that day. If you'd like to visit outside of open hours in our off seasons, please call or message us via text, Facebook, email, or this site's contact form to set up a time.

How much time does it take to see the zoo?
That's up to you! There are 4 exhibits areas, as well as an information booth where you can ask questions about our animals. You are welcome to move at your own pace!

How can I find out what animals are scheduled for the venom extraction?
Update: Until we are permitted to gather in groups of 50 or more, there will be no venom extraction for the public to view. Any extractions done during this time will be posted on Facebook.
We often post the species for extraction on our Facebook page, but you can call us the morning of your visit to find out as well. It is subject to change, so contacting us the day of will give you the best answer.

Can I bring a large group of people or plan a field trip to the zoo?
Update: Until further notice, we are not allowing groups larger than 10 in at one time. In the future, it helps us greatly if you contact us ahead of time so we can make a plan (our exhibit buildings are small and large groups are split between buildings to keep from overcrowding). Groups of 10 or more also receive a 10% discount on admission!

Do you buy or sell snakes?
We do not. Our animals are either born here, given to us by another zoo or are rescued, usually with the help of Kentucky Fish & Wildlife. It is illegal to buy or sell wild-caught native animals in Kentucky.

I found a snake! Can you tell me what it is?
We're always happy to help people identify snakes they find. If you send us a clear picture (preferably alive!) of it, we can tell you what it is!