Reptile centre

Reptile centre

A reptile centre is typically a facility devoted to keeping living reptiles, educating the public about reptiles, and serving as a control center for collecting reptiles that turn up in populated areas. Most are public-access, run as private business or state-sponsored. Some centres work with poisonous reptiles as venom research labs. Others are simply privately run zoos devoted to solely to reptiles or are incorporated into larger zoos or organizations.

One example is the Reptile Center in Alice Springs, Australia, devoted to indigenous reptiles. Many are collected from local homes, yards, or from areas about to be burned under the controlled burning program to keep summer grass fires from threatening the local homes. Most of the reptiles end up being relocated to uninhabited areas. The Alice Springs center also doubles as a snake call centre, with the owner and staff coming out to homes to remove poisonous snakes from inconvenient places.

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