Even though my heart truly belongs to man's best friend - my dog - I've always loved reptiles and amphibians.

I grew up catching frogs, lizards, and Garter snakes, I've owned Iguanas as pets and I love seeing them up close in people's houses as pets, or at zoos. It's not too often that I write about a new zoo opening, and I have to thank my friend Gerri Griswold for the head's up on this one.

A new Reptile Educational Center/Zoo is going to officially open their doors up for business this Saturday, October 10, 2020, and I'd thought you'd be as interested in the news as I was.

Riverside Reptiles Educational Center is located in Enfield, Connecticut at 132 S. Road. Presently, they offer 50 species of amphibians and reptiles on display, with over 7,000 square feet of space to explore. If everything goes according to plan, there will eventually be over 100 species on display in over 13,000 square feet of space. The center's floor plan calls for a Turtle/Tortoise wing, an Alligator pond, a bug cave, and a serpentine snake exhibit through the heart of the building.

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Tickets are reasonably priced, and they are sold in timed, one hour blocks. You can purchase them by clicking HERE. Looking back on Riverside's Facebook feed, I've seen photos of a huge Python, beautiful Scorpions, Lizards, Alligator Snapping Turtles, a beautiful California King Snake, and even a King Cobra shedding its skin. This looks like a very cool place, and if you or your kid is interested in seeing them up close, and learning about them from a place devoted to education and conservation, take the trip up to Enfield and check them out.

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