Reptile Feed at a Regional Park

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A king snake at Estrella Mountain ParkHow often does a great date involve snakes?  And mice?  And rats?  What could be more fascinating?  A reptile feed is certainly an unusual date and it is interesting and exciting, too!

The actual feeding is just what you would expect.  You visit a park at the designated time.  A ranger feeds rodents to reptiles.  You get to see just how fast a rattlesnake really can strike and how wide a king snake's jaws can open.

A ranger feeding a rattle snake a ratThis is a short date.  There were three snakes to feed and the actual feeding only took about twenty minutes, including the time it took the snakes to swallow their prey.  We arrived a few minutes early so we could wander around the visitor center and went hiking afterwards, both of which we recommend.  Many parks schedule other events before and after the feedings.  For example, when we went, there was a scorpion hunting hike following the reptile feed.

An exhibit at the visitor center in Estrella Mountain Park Our photos are from Estrella Mountain Park near Goodyear, but these feedings take place in parks all over, so it shouldn't be hard to find one near you.  This is a family oriented event so there will be mothers, fathers, and small children there. 

Times and dates vary, so check the park calendar to find the most convienent show.  Reptile feedings are free with your paid admission to the park, which is $6 per car.

Maricopa County Parks
http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/

A rattle snake at Estrella Mountain Park

Estrella Mountain Park visitor center

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