The Alice Springs Reptile Centre is the largest collection of reptiles in the Northern Territory.
Housing exclusively Australian reptiles, predominantly from Central Australia, the centre collects many of its animals from local homes – protecting both humans and the reptiles themselves. Most of the rescued reptiles are later relocated to areas well away from human habitation.
The Alice Springs Reptile Centre is home to reptiles including Thorny Devils, Frill Neck Lizards, Goannas and venomous snakes including Inland Taipans, Death Adders, Brown Snakes and Mulga Snakes. A dedicated Gecko cave houses some of Australia’s odder reptiles, and a glass enclosure let visitors see the underwater of the massive saltwater crocodile affectionately known as Terry.
In addition to acting as a snake rescue facility, the centre is recognized for its eco tourism. The Alice Springs Reptile Centre achieved Advanced Eco Tourism accreditation in 2012, its eco initiatives including recycling, minimizing wastage and receiving much of its energy from solar power.
The reptile centre is open daily from 9:30 until 5pm. Admission costs $16 for adults and $8 for children, with a family rate of $40 for two adults and two children. The centre runs daily shows at 11, 1 and 3:30. The centre is located right in the heart of Alice Springs, by the hospital.