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The Reptarium Is A Reptile Zoo In Michigan Where You Can Interact With Incredible Creatures

Posted in MichiganAttractions November 01, 2020by Sophie Boudreau

If you love animals, you might have explored some of Michigan’s most famous zoos. From the Detroit Zoo in the Motor City to John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, our state is home to plenty of wildly wonderful attractions. One utterly unique spot might have flown under your radar, though – and those who stop by will have the chance to meet all sorts of amazing creatures.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

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Address: 45559 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI 48317, USA

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The Reptarium - Michigan's Favorite Reptile Zoo

  • 5Lindsey N. 3 weeks ago
    The staff was so friendly, knowledgeable, and funny! Super awesome animals and you can hold just about everything! SUCH a great experience. We will definitely be going back!


  • 5Lisa S. 4 weeks ago
    Had an amazing time with my son Blake. Staff was super nice and helpful. Very clean inside. First time there and will go back for sure. What a great experience.


  • 5Rick M. 2 months ago
    Took my family of six here to celebrate my 9 year olds birthday. All the employees are really knowledgeable and fun. Great to talk with all of them. The place is really well maintained set up for everyone to enjoy. They get a bunch of animals out for you to interact with, yes even the tarantulas. We will definitely be back during the winter when we need to get out of the house. Its a great and inexpensive way to kill and hour or so. Thanks for the great time Reptarium!


  • 5Shannon S. 5 months ago
    Our family loved the Reptarium! The staff is so friendly & answered all our questions, even taught us a few things about the genetics of the animals. The animals were awesome to hold & to watch. Definitely coming back, especially once salt & pepper get their big enclosure!


  • 5Hailey Ryan (. 3 weeks ago
    My fiance and I have been YouTube subscribers for years and have talked about taking a trip to the Reptarium for a long time. We finally decided to make the 5.5 hour drive and we were not disappointed! Seriously, the staff was so nice and we had the BEST time. We are already talking about when we can do it again and bring some friends.


  • 5Stella T. 2 months ago
    For the $10 general admission it was great! The best part is they let you hold some of the reptiles. My kids were able to feed a chameleon $5 for 4 worms they enjoyed that.


  • 5Marie O. 4 weeks ago
    I enjoyed myself here. I would recommend this to any spider or reptile enthusiast. The people that work here are very knowledgeable and make your experience enjoyable. Love that I was allowed to hold anything that they brought out of the aquariums.


  • 5Darrell B. 1 month ago
    I loved it, the kids loved it, and the wife loved it.. the staff is amazing and have such a beautiful collection of animals.


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    PLEASE NOTE: THE TRZ IS NOW GUIDED TOUR ONLY.  THERE ARE NO GENERAL OPEN HOURS REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU SEE ON VARIOUS WEBSITES. THE NEXT TOURS ARE LISTED ON THE ADMISSION PAGE AND THE TRZ FACEBOOK PAGE. ZOO IS SUBJECT TO THE WEATHER

    ANY PRIVATE TOURS MAY BE CONSIDERED, PLEASE INQUIRE WITH YOUR DONATION.   PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THE WEATHER AND TIME AND EFFORT IT TAKES TO PREP FOR GUESTS.  ANY MEDIA/FILM REQUESTS, PLEASE INQUIRE.  TEXT 512-766-6030 OR EMAIL. (DO NOT CALL).

    You should not need a Facebook account to access the TRZ Facebook page.    Size of tour will be limited.

      Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, instagram where updates are posted and YouTube for videos.

      PLEASE STAY TUNED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE (NO ACCOUNT NEEDED) FOR UPDATES.

    Please inquire about Media interviews, events or animals for hire.

    or Call (512) 766-6030 or email for faster reply:

    Please read our Zoo rules here

    INCLEMENT WEATHER/STORMS OR OTHER INCIDENTS AND OTHER UPDATES WILL BE POSTED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

    Please apply personal care products outside of Zoo for the health and safety of our Reptiles.  (sunscreen, sprays, etc…)

    THE ZOO IS SUBJECT TO THE WEATHER .   THANK YOU!

    The Texas Reptile Zoo is located in Bastrop County, Texas, just east of Austin, Texas, roughly 15-20 minutes east from the Austin Bergstrom Airport, 1 (ONE) mile off HWY 71. See directions page here

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    UPDATE: IT IS FALL WITH COLD NIGHTS, FEEDINGS MAY OR MAY NOT OCCUR DURING FALL TOURS.

    TEXT 512-766-6030 TO BOOK AND GET CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR FAMILY FOR THE TOUR (LISTED AS AN EVENT ON TRZ FACEBOOK PAGE)  NEXT TOUR IS

    SATURDAY OCTOBER 23 AT 11 A.M.

    TEXT 512-766-6030 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT DETAILS OF THE TOUR ARE LISTED ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE AS AN EVENT.

    Since the TRZ is fundraising any private tours at different times may be considered, please inquire with your donation and get the whole Zoo to yourself with a guide.  Please be mindful of the weather and time and effort it takes to prep for guests.  Any media and film requests, please inquire.    TEXT 512-766-6030 OR EMAIL. (DO NOT CALL).

    GENERAL PUBLIC TOUR ADMISSION: (CASH OR CREDIT)

    • $25 each adult
    • $18 each child.  (INCLUDES A LOCAL AND STATE SALES TAX) 

    All Tour admissions are per person, Adult or Child – THIS IS A FUNDRAISING TOUR FOR 2021.   YOU ARE PROVIDED A REPTILE EDUCATION TOUR FOR YOUR DOLLARS. All admission prices include State and local taxes and we accept most major credit cards. No one under 18 admitted without adult. ALL proceeds go directly into the care of the reptiles. We appreciate your patronage and support!

    PLEASE ALLOW a Minimum of 1 HOUR .  TOURS ARE AVERAGING 2-3 HOURS PLUS.  EACH TOUR LENGTH WILL DEPEND ON GUESTS INTERACTION AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR.   GUESTS ARE WELCOME TO STAY AFTER THE TOUR FOR LONGER AND HANG OUT WITH THE REPTILES.  FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE REPTILES, WE DO NOT ALLOW GUEST TO TOUCH ANYTHING.

    Remember, while we love reptiles and all animals, Please show us your pictures, but, Do Not bring animals hereNo outside animals are allowed on Zoo grounds for the health and safety of our reptiles, staff and guests.  Do not bring your dog eithereven if left in vehicle.   Also, do not bring in any wild reptiles either.  Please visit our Rules page.  Please email us for any assistance or questions:  contact us.

    Every penny goes directly into the Zoo, Thank you for your support.

     The TRZ needs your help to get back on its feet.  This will be a fundraising year, so, you will get a fantastic tour of awesome reptiles for your donation.  After suffering through Covid shutdowns with no assistance and withstanding Winter Storm Yuri damage, and now recently being charged even more taxes, Until further notice, the TRZ will be a Guided Toured facility only.   There will be no general open hours.  Guests will need to book their tour in advance at provided/posted tour time.   When is the tour?  Go to our facebook page (click icon below).  Tour is posted as an Event.  Follow instructions below.  Guest will be toured through the exhibits and feedings will occur during warm nights weather.   Guests will need to arrive before scheduled tour time as doors will be locked when tour starts.   Please Do not be late… and please don’t tour if you are sick.  Want to help and can’t make a tour, feel free to donate here or click donate button below.

    Please include amounts of adults and ages of children in your party as well as payer name so you can be identified when you arrive.  There is limited space on the tour so please be absolutely sure you can attend.

    VERIFY YOUR GROUP VIA EMAIL. or text 512-766-6030 (do not call)

    ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL.

    PLEASE BE CERTAIN AS TOUR SIZE WILL BE LIMITED.

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    We now have Memberships for our frequent guests. Membership page is here: MEMBERSHIPS

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    We now have Memberships for our frequent guests.  Membership page is here: MEMBERSHIPS

    GROUPS and Non-Regular hour Tours:  SCHOOLS,  GROUPS,  AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES!!!

    Thank you for your support!

    SCHOOLS,  GROUPS,  AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES!!!

    Click that Link .  All Large Groups must be booked in Advance, we ask a minimum of 7 day notice.



    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    Your patronage provides for:

    Food and Care for TRZ reptiles including many rehabilitated animals.

    Staff wages

    Utilities for TRZ

    The State and Local economy

    Conservation

    Zoo Expansion

    We accept all major credit cards and cash, no checks of any kind are accepted.

    Parking is free. Avoid parking hassles by arriving early. With the exception of bus and Reserved accessible parking, Parking is on grass or gravel.

    Parents are responsible for all children and all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Since we exhibit ectothermic animals, weather plays an important part in what you will see out in the Herpetariums and Outdoor Exhibits.

    The Zoo is a smoke and tobacco free property. No smoking is allowed. This includes smoking in vehicles while on property. Please respect this rule, Thank you.

    The Zoo is a casual, family-oriented environment. We suggest you dress comfortably, wear good walking shoes and check the local weather report before you leave for the Zoo. Ensuring that the Zoo is family friendly is an important part of the Zoo experience. In that spirit, we ask you to use discretion and common sense.

    Due to the realistic environment settings, Zoo grounds are sometimes rough or uneven and walking paths may wind through exhibits. While our exhibit environments are similar to walking in a jungle or the woods with bushes, we have made accommodations for Accessibility to the best of our ability and welcome everyone. We have had several guests in wheelchairs and they toured the Zoo without issue. Our only exception for this year is our current existing restroom that is not accessible. Anyone with extra special needs, please contact us in advance.

    For those with double wide strollers, max width should be 32″ for min. clearance.

    Guests in wheelchairs and Moms with double wide “Bob” Strollers and Child wagons have navigated the Zoo without issue.

    Current Zoo restroom facility is an existing small clean inside unisex restroom but that is not accessible. We hope to be able to build a new accessible restroom in the future.

    Members, please be sure to bring your membership card and photo ID.

    Members may be allowed to enter in separate line, based on traffic.

    ZOO RULES

    Please read and review all rules posted inside entrance doors and listed on this page and be in agreement before you enter the facility. Obeying all rules makes for a great experience for all patrons of the Zoo, as well as, the Reptiles.

    PDF Copy of Zoo rules: zoorules

    Please note:  Parents.  If your child has a problem picking up objects and throwing them, the TRZ may not be the best place to visit.  We allow our guests to get really close to the reptiles and objects thrown into enclosures will cause injury or death to our animals.

    No outside food or drink is allowed into the Zoo. Exceptions are: bottled water, baby food and formula. Ice chests and coolers are not allowed on Zoo grounds.
*School groups will still be allowed to bring in lunches for their classes to outside picnic area only.

    The Texas Reptile Zoo is a Zero Waste facility. There are no trash receptacles. This means you take away what you bring in. 

Please don’t allow your children to climb on anything around the Zoo.

    Feeding of the animals is not permitted. Planned donations of food are accepted, please email.

    Absolutely no outside reptiles or Any animals of any kind are allowed on Zoo grounds (1). Do not under any circumstances bring any animal onto Zoo grounds, This includes animals left in your vehicle. There are no exceptions to this rule, except, Patrons with certified service animals, please contact Zoo directly for specific policy before arrival, Thank you.

    (1) For the health and safety of the Animals on exhibit, staff, and patrons, this rule will be strictly enforced and any animals discovered will be confiscated and placed into quarantine and offender will be subject to quarantine, holding and sanitation fees.  Should you be traveling with your pet inside your vehicle, please park outside of zoo gates, thank you.  Unfortunately a rule breaker recently hid their dog in their car and spread fleas to zoo grounds and our animals so this rule is now 100% enforced.

    For the safety of Zoo guests, staff and animals on exhibit, the following items are not allowed on Zoo grounds:

    No pets or animals, as mentioned above.

    No glass containers

    No alcohol

    No balloons

    No skates or wheeled shoes of any kind.

    No bicycles on zoo grounds except at designated bicycle lock area for cyclists and commuters.

    No scooters or wheeled platforms of any kind, (except for wheelchairs of course)

    No smoking or tobacco use anywhere while on premises

    No luggage or suitcases

    No bags, backpacks, or baskets on wheels

    No ice chests (exceptions for booked events)

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    The Texas Reptile Zoo is located in Central Texas (Bastrop County) and is an exhibit, education and behavioral research facility where patrons can view and learn about varied species of Reptiles from around the World.

    The Texas Reptile Zoo is a unique place with a unique history. We care about our animals and we welcome people to come and spend some time and relax while enjoying being in the reptiles environment. Conceived of in 1995 as a thesis project, in 2011, the decision was made to focus on educating the public with good information regarding reptiles and to show them the wonders, mysteries and behaviors of these species in a simulated natural environment. A retired ornamental plant nursery was chosen as the site for the Texas Reptile Zoo. The focus of this transition from nursery to Reptile Zoo was on adaptive reuse where the buildings and the majority of the materials of the nursery were converted for use in the Zoo. The old nursery greenhouses serve as perfect homes for the exhibits where we can take advantage of using the natural light of the sun for our reptiles. Nursery racks were converted to enclosures to create unique environments for the animals and visitors. A host of materials from around the nursery were also reused. The Texas Reptile Zoo can boast being a “green” facility where 95% is reused, from nuts and bolts, fiberglass, concrete blocks, all the way to leftover plants. Adapting the old nursery was filled with numerous challenges but we feel the end results follow in line with an environmentally friendly message that we hope everyone can appreciate. Other new materials used in the Zoo enclosures consist of certified green building products such as OSB or recyclable products.   In 2017, the Texas Reptile Zoo successfully converted our cooling fans to solar power!  The reptiles use the sun to heat up and we now use it too cool you down!

    With that, the goal for the facility was to create the most natural environment for the reptiles as possible. The TRZ currently has over 200 reptiles on exhibit ranging from tropical to desert species. We hope to continue to expand and create even more exhibits, this is just the start…

    The Zoo currently consists of:

    Serpentarium:

    Zoo Entrance into Indoor exhibits consisting of snakes, sailfins, geckos, tree monitors. Gift Shop.

    Herpetarium 1:

    An Open-Air immersion into a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity. Species on exhibit include rock iguanas, monitors, and other lizards.

    Please see general rules.

    Herpetarium 2: Arid Zone

    An Open-Air immersion into a dry climate with high temperatures and low humidity. Species on exhibit include Various Uromastyx, Snakes, Other Lizards.

    Outdoors: Desert Exhibit, Turtle ponds, Tortoises, Crocodilians, Texas Waterways

    The Texas Reptile Zoo has the largest display of uromastyx, oplurine and varanid lizards in the World.

    Depending on the season and weather, the TRZ has the following featured feeding shows: See our Facebook page for Updates or listed times

    Water Monitor (Cousin to Komodo dragon)

    Other Monitors

    Croc Monitor

    Crocodilians

    Uromastyx

    Plus other species’

    A quick note about relocated Reptiles on Exhibit: Currently, we have some reptiles that were relocated from other environments that didn’t provide proper care to the animals and other unfortunate situations. On your visit, You can read about these animals and their story. The TRZ will appreciate your support with your patronage as it helps provide better care for the reptiles. Better yet, please join with a membership (link above) and visit them often. TRZ takes great pride in these reptiles rehabilitation, we are here for the reptiles and want to share their stories with you.

    Can I bring my pet or a reptile I found to the Zoo or have my dog in my vehicle?

    100% no.  For the health and safety of our animals, staff and visitors, there are no outside animals allowed onto the Zoo grounds (please refer to our rules listing, ).  Pets bring in foreign bacteria, parasites and other issues which jeopardize the health of 0ur animals.   We love our dogs but do not bring them onto the premises, even in your vehicle.

    Why is the Zoo guided tour only?

    Before Covid mandated shutdown, we’ve had animals stolen, animals abused (guests throwing sticks, rocks, etc…)  and fed snack food items that killed them.  This kind of emotional and financial loss and treatment of the animals is catastrophic, upsetting, and depressing.  The goal was to show you the reptiles up close in their environment but It takes a few bad apples to ruin it for everyone else.  If your child likes to throw things, please leave them at home.  Regardless of those experiences, the guided tour is the best and you get the up close experience with education and the dynamic interaction of the tour guide and the reptiles.

    Will you bring Reptiles to our school or home?

    At this time, No.  We find observing reptiles in natural environments offers a better educational experience than seeing a reptile in someone’s hands.  It is also less stressful to the animals and seeing them in a relaxed state is better for their health.

    When are the feeding demonstrations?

    They are typically occurring during the summer tours.

    What is a behavioral research facility?

    There is a shortage of information concerning reptiles behavior. The problem with observing their behavior is that it is time consuming and hard field work with many challenges. Here at TRZ, we have created small environments where we can observe the reptiles in a simulated natural environment with direct observed behavior based on weather and seasons. Everyday you can learn something new about why reptiles do what they do. Since they are ectothermic, meaning they rely on their environment for their body temperature, the use of natural sun and ground temperatures at the Zoo allows them to thermoregulate as needed just like in the wild. Other facets of behavior you can observe here are communication, feeding, and propagation. Since they are in captive environments and cared for by humans, some have grown accustomed to humans and respond to their names and other words. In a lot of cases, gaining their trust is hard earned! We encourage anyone with an interest in reptile observation to come out and spend some time and observe them.

    What does the Texas Reptile Zoo consist of, what will I see?

    We exhibit reptiles in replicated natural environments.  Currently, the TRZ houses over 150 reptiles from snakes, small lizards, big lizards, crocs, turtles and tortoises.  You will visit an indoor Serpentarium, a large tropical species greenhouse, a arid species greenhouse and various outdoor exhibits.   Periodically, new exhibits open up.

    Do you offer any discounts on Admission?

    The TRZ pays full price for all utility, food, and tax bills so we depend your patronage to be able to show you the best reptile display.  We VALUE your visit and support.  The Texas Reptile Zoo is a family owned business.  The Zoo focuses on providing optimal care of our reptiles and our exhibits. Your patronage provides support for food and care of our reptiles including numerous rehabilitated reptiles, staff wages, utilities, taxes, conservation and will allow us to expand and make what is great, even better. We have numerous positive reviews on Facebook, trip advisor and google and it is the result of our ability to show you awesome reptiles as a outcome of your support.

    Is is hot in the Herpetariums?

    Unlike other Zoo Herpetariums where you observe the animals through glass from a cooler hall inside a building, similar to our own Serpentarium, our Herpetariums are Reptile Terrariums where you are IN their environment. Since reptiles are ectothermic, they are most active when their body temperature is warm and thusly, the Herpetariums are kept very warm. We do have environmental controls where we can control the temperature as well as circulation fans for as much visitor comfort as the reptiles allow. If you’ve been to an indoor Aviary, that is the closest in comparison. We suggest you dress lightly during the warmer months, drink lots of water and take breaks.

    Why can’t I touch the enclosures OR the reptiles?

    We want you to have the best experience possible here at the Zoo. It has taken a long time to get the reptiles acclimated to their environments where they feel secure. Keeping your movements to a minimum and hands away from enclosures is less threatening to them and thusly you will get to see them in a relaxed state. Most importantly, it is for your own health and safety, some larger reptiles may think your hand is food and they are on strict diets.

    Can I use my flash on my camera?

    We ask that you turn your flash off completely on your camera. In the serpentarium, the flash will not only startle the reptile but will reflect off the glass anyway not giving you a clear picture. It will also reflect off the glass and hamper the vision of your fellow guest. In the Herpetariums and outside, flash is not necessary at all and will startle the reptiles.

    Do you help reptiles in need? Are you a Rescue?

    Currently, we have many reptiles that were relocated from other environments that didn’t provide proper care to the animals and other unfortunate situations. A great deal of time and money were spent focusing on getting these reptiles healthy as well as providing an great exhibit for them. On your visit, You can read about these animals and their story. The TRZ will appreciate your support with your patronage as it helps provide better care for the reptiles. All of our funding comes from you, our guest.

    Why keep animals in a Zoo?

    That is a good question. Notwithstanding the problems with development in the USA, developing countries (in which numerous endemic species of reptiles live) need infrastructure and are clearing lands and building roadways at alarming rates which causes a severe impact on local wildlife. Roadways and land clearing are among the largest deadly impacts to reptilian populations. Without information on different species, we may never know what has been destroyed. Zoos and research facilities play a vital role in understanding these species and, also as important, share with the World these unique animals. Steve Irwin, a conservationist, once stated. “If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.” Zoos serve as symbols of animal education, conservation, protection, propagation and knowledge. It depends on the Zoo to provide the proper environment and keep the animals happy.

    What about the Zoo rules?

    A lot of our rules are similar rules you’ll see at any other Zoo facility and are just general common sense. They are simply in place to maintain the safety of the Zoo and the ability of our guests to see our Reptiles up close and personal. General rules are easy to follow and make for a great experience for all. The primary rule is to have fun and see the Reptiles!

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    Zoo In Utica Offers Up Close Encounter With Reptiles

    (CBS DETROIT) – The Reptarium in Utica is a local reptile zoo where guests can interact with snakes, lizards, baby alligators, and more!

    It opened to the public in 2018 and features a variety of different ways that guests can experience its animals.

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    An article by AwesomeMitten reported that The Reptarium has earned its reputation by allowing guests to see and learn about reptiles through hands-on education. In addition to this, zookeepers teach guests about the proper care and maintenance necessary for each reptile.

    Some of the animals that guests can get an up-close encounter with include pythons, boa constrictors, monitor lizards, chameleons, geckos, baby alligators, tortoises, and a two-toed sloth.

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    General admission tickets to visit The Reptarium are $10, and their general admission hours are:

    • Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8  p.m.
    • Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Guests are also able to book birthday parties and other private events. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TheReptarium.com

    Check out the AwesomeMitten article for more information on where to eat and other things to do while visiting Utica.


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    REPTILE ZOOS NEW LOOK!! MY DREAM IS COMING TRUE!! - BRIAN BARCZYK

    Pet and hold giant snakes and lizards at Michigan's new reptile zoo

    Photo by Edward Pevos of MLive

    By Edward Pevos of MLive - [email protected]

    You can touch and actually hold snakes, lizards and other reptiles at Michigan's new Reptarium reptile zoo.

    From giant pythons to tiny geckos, we're taking you inside.

    *Pics of the two-headed turtle are at the bottom of this story

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    Photo by Edward Pevos of MLive

    • Location: The Reptarium is located at 45559 Van Dyke Ave. in Utica.
    • Hours: It's open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Admission: $10. Ages 3 and under are free.

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    The Reptarium is run by Michigan's "Snake Guy," Brian Barczyk. You may have seen him on the Discovery channel or his popular YouTube channel with 1.7 million subscribers.

    "It has been a dream of mine to have a place where I can share my 30 years of working with reptiles. I want to help people over their fear of snakes."

    "I love zoos, but you can't take animals out and play with them. This place is all about education, entertainment and getting people excited about animals."

    Let's meet some of the animals:

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    Panther Chameleon

    This is Kharma.

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    Kharma is native to Madagascar.

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    Bearded Dragon

    This is Fetty Wap.

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    He is native to Australia.

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    Rhino Iguana

    This is Bella.

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    Rhino iguanas are primarily found on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

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    Alligator snapping turtle

    This is Bowser. He's 100 pounds. Bowser is 40 years and and could live to be 200.

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    Green anaconda

    This snake is native to South America.

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    She is just a baby. Eventually she will weigh at least 300 pounds.

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    I made sure to hold her like you can when you visit the Reptarium.

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    Lavender Albino reticulated python

    This is Daisy.

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    She's native to Southeast Asia.

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    Rhino rat snake

    This snake is native to Vietnam.

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    It got its name because of its snout.

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    Reticulated python

    This is Lucy.

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    She's native to Southeast Asia.

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    Albino boa constrictor

    This snake is native to Columbia.

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    African bullfrog

    This frog is native to South Africa.

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    This species of frog can weigh over four pounds.

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    Burmese python

    This is Snaz.

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    He's native to Southeast Asia.

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    Jungle carpet python

    This animal is found in the rainforests of Queensland, Australia.

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    Dart Frogs

    You can barely make out the tiny blue frogs.

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    Dart frogs are native to the Amazon.

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    Pied ball python

    This animal is native to West Africa.

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    It is the smallest of the African pythons.

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    Mandarin rat snake

    You can find this animal in China.

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    She will grow to be about five feet.

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    Giant day gecko

    This little guy is found in Madagascar.

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    There are more than 70 species and subspecies of this gecko.

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    Cow reticulated python

    Native to Southeast Asia.

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    Brian says this animal is one of the more popular ones at the Reptarium.

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    Albino burmese python

    This snake will eventually be 18 to 20 feet long. She's about 10 feet right now at a year and a half old.

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    She will weigh around 200 pounds. Right now she's about 30 pounds.

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    Frilled dragon

    This animal is native to Indonesia and Australia.

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    This animal eats bugs.

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    Red eared slider (two-headed turtle)

    You don't see this everyday. This turtle has two heads.

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    This type of turtle is actually the most popular pet turtle in the United States. You probably won't see one with two heads, though. This is a rare anomaly.

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    New reptile zoo lets you cuddle up with lizards, snakes in Utica

    Snakes, lizards, reptiles, turtles and more, oh my. A brand new sort of reptile zoo has just opened its doors on Van Dyke Avenue in Utica and slithered through a soft opening over the weekend. 

    The Reptarium is the brainchild and longtime passion project of Brian Barczyk of Warren. Barczyk has gained fame as southeast Michigan's snake guy with a YouTube Channel he started about 11 years ago called SnakeBytesTV. 

    A commercial snake breeder working in the pet trade industry with an educational background in microbiology, Barczyk shares dos and don'ts of snake breeding.

    The channel (now called AnimalBytesTV) has earned almost 750,000 followers and counting, but things really took off when Barczyk started a new daily vlogging channel, which has racked up about 1.7 million subscribers. 

    "It's a snake thing, it's a reptile thing, but sometimes it's not. It's just about our daily life," he said. 

    Owner Brian Barczyk holding a large snake named Sunrise at The Reptarium, a new "zoo" for cold-blooded creatures in Utica that opened on Sept. 21, 2018.

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    And now, about 75 species and about 200 animals are housed at his latest venture, The Reptarium, and ready to meet visitors. 

    "I've been working with reptiles professionally for 28 years, so I have obviously a pretty large commercial collection that we breed for the pet trade, and so we've been able to acquire and keep animals," he said. "This zoo, The Reptarium, has been in the works in my mind for a few years now, so we've been acquiring animals that we knew would eventually be on display at an area like this for the last few years."

    Barczyk said he's always wanted to build a place that he would've wanted to have when he was a kid.

    One of his earliest childhood memories is seeing a ball python at the Belle Isle Zoo and becoming obsessed with fascinating, cold-blooded creatures. 

    What sets The Reptarium apart from other zoos is that the animals don't just stay behind glass. If you want, you are guaranteed to have some hands-on interaction with a snake, lizard, tortoise or more. 

    "The whole idea behind it is that interaction, No. 1, and to also get people super excited about animals."

    No less than 15 people held their first-ever snake at The Reptarium's soft opening last weekend, he said. 

    "We have an albino Nile monitor, which is a lizard from Africa. We also have a black, what is called a night Nile monitor from the same region," he said. "You can't see them anywhere else in the world."

    There's also a two-headed turtle that will be on display this coming weekend, plus a two-headed snake and some albino alligators that are on the way. 

    Brian Barczyk, owner of The Reptarium in Utica, pets a Blue Rhino Iguana named Bella.

    For $10, visitors can pop into The Reptarium from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday or Sunday — though Barczyk said he's hoping to one day expand hours. Children 3 and under are free.

    Private tours are offered where folks can "get really hands on with a lot of stuff," birthday party packages come with hands-on presentations; and corporate event packages are offered.

    "We have a number of what we call ambassador animals that are very docile that we've been working with for years so that they will never ever bite anybody," he said. 

    On deck for interacting with are: 12- to 15-foot snakes, a number of different lizards like the tegu lizard from Argentina, and a 5-foot-long water monitor from Asia, leopard geckos, bearded dragons and smaller ball python snakes.

    Folks can check out Lucy, a 250-pound reticulated python who is just shy of 20 feet; Ubusuku, the night Nile monitor; Bowser, an alligator snapping turtle, or Bella, a young blue rhino iguana, among many more.

    A look at Bella, a Blue Rhino Iguana at The Reptarium, which opened in Utica on Sept. 21, 2018.

    Barczyk said they're working on reaching out to schools, either bringing schools to The Reptarium or bringing animals to classrooms. 

    "It about community, it's about getting people excited and it's about just sharing my love of these animals." 

    For more information about The Reptarium go to TheReptarium.com or its Facebook page. Contact Aleanna Siacon: [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @AleannaSiacon. 

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