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Reptile Lagoon ~ South Of The Border’s Newest Attraction

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

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REPTILE LAGOON

The newest addition to the South of the Border Tourist Attraction is our Reptile Lagoon, run by Pedro’s cousin Zurdo. It’s the largest indoor reptile exhibit in the U.S. and it’s right here in Dillon, South Carolina. It has an amazing collection of snakes, alligators, crocodiles, turtles and other creepy crawlies.

On your next trip to South of the Border, make sure you allow ample time to spend in our fun and informative Reptile Lagoon. We have an experienced veteran snake and reptile handler, along with friendly staff who are here to educate the kids while they marvel at the huge variety of exhibits. What would a trip to South of the Border be without shopping? Boring is what it would be, so of course the Reptile Lagoon has a gift shop full of reptile themed items to remember the experience.

Our Reptile Lagoon has a wide variety of crocodile species. We have over 15 varieties that are on display. These include American alligators, Nile crocodiles, a slender-snouted crocodile, and many other types. We also have crocs that are on the endangered species list and a portion of every admission goes to the Crocodile Conservation Institute to help save these prehistoric animals. The custom built pools and walkways allow close up viewing, while always maintaining strict safety.

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The Reptile Lagoon boasts an exotic collection of slithering snakes from all around the planet. A visit here is a must for any snake enthusiast. There are gigantic reticulated pythons, awesome anacondas, and beautiful Burmese pythons. Daisy is a rare albino Burmese python and is our largest snake. She stretches over 22 feet in length and weighs more than 220 lbs. That’s more than Pedro!

No reptile exhibit would be complete with some of the most deadly and dangerous venomous snakes known to man. The Reptile Lagoon’s most lethal residents include King Cobras from India, American Diamondback rattle snakes, and the world’s most feared killer: the African Black Mamba.  Along with these treacherous creatures, we also have dozens of different beautiful and fascinating snake specimens.

Another section of the Reptile Lagoon features the lovable turtle. Pedro and Zurdo couldn’t find a Ninja Turtle, but we have brought in a Giant Tortoise from Aldabra Island. Aldabra is halfway around the world off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, and the Giant Tortoise is considered one of the largest types. The Fly River, or Pig-nose turtle, comes to us from the far away island of New Guinea and Australia. This is a very rare creature because it is the only freshwater turtle that has true flippers like an ocean turtle.

From closer to home in South America comes the funny looking horned Mata Mata Turtle. It’s a must see because it looks like someone crossed a turtle with a dinosaur. Kids will love it for sure. From right here in the good ole Southeast U.S.A. the Reptile Lagoon has the giant Alligator Snapping Turtle, the largest freshwater turtle in N. America. Many a country boy has been on the losing end of messing with this beast. Legend has it, once it bites down it won’t let go until it hears thunder and lightning. Zurdo found this out the hard way, but Pedro won’t find out you can be sure of that!

Zurdo and Pedro will be constantly adding new species, exhibits and learning opportunities. Every trip to the Reptile Lagoon at South of the Border can be a whole new experience, so come back often. You can follow Pedro on Twitter (@sotbpedro) and on our official Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about Blenheim Ginger Ale, the Reptile Lagoon and the South of the Border Tourist Attraction.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-8pm