Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland is a world-class specialized zoo offering an unparalleled educational adventure for the whole family! Exotic reptiles and amphibians from around the world await discovery in stunning, naturalistic habitats, introducing visitors to the less-loved members of the animal kingdom. Explore the world of mambas, cobras, vipers, pythons and other rare and beautiful snakes, and experience giant alligators, gentle tortoises, curious lizards, and colorful frogs on this zoological journey.
Reptiland is truly a year-round attraction. The indoor exhibit gallery houses more than 40 species in recreated natural habitats, and Island Giants showcases giant Aldabra tortoises and our Komodo dragons–the world’s largest lizards. During the warmer months, tortoises and aquatic turtles live in outdoor habitats, and seasonal exhibits make for an even more exciting family destination. Dinosaurs Come to Life is an outdoor, animatronic dinosaur adventure, and Parakeet Landing offers an immersive experience surrounded by hundreds of flitting beauties. A visit to Reptiland explodes common myths and inspires scientific curiosity.
The average Reptiland visit takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours, but there is no limit to the length of a visit. Exhibits are self-guided, and it’s generally best to arrive just before to a show.
History of Reptiland: A chronology of the last 50+ years
1983 – Developed The Cricket Machine, a coin operated behavioral enrichment device. Allowed visitors to gain a better understanding of predator-prey relationships.
1985 – A tornado damaged much of our perimeter fence and corn-crib style cages, which had been used for mammals and birds. We subsequently developed those areas into outdoor reptile enclosures.
1986 – Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), formerly the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
1989 – Constructed the Program Center with seating for over 150 guests.
1998 – Made renovations to the Natural Selections Gift Shop and diversified the selection of merchandise to include more education-based products.
1999 – Celebrated 35 years in business and premiered the first traveling exhibit, Reptiles: The Beautiful and The Deadly, at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.
2003 – Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, Reptiland’s second and most popular traveling exhibition, hit the road.
2010 – Chad Peeling contributed to the book Cane Toads and Other Rogue Species. The Natural Selections Gift Shop was expanded and updated to a new, modern look.
2011 – The phenomenally successful exhibit Dinosaurs Come to Life roared into Reptiland. Construction began on a new building designed expressly to house Komodo dragons.
2012 – With the continued success of Dinosaurs Come to Life, we purchased six static dinosaurs to remain on the grounds year-round. Construction continued on Island Giants, the future home of two Komodo dragons. Reptiland’s entrance building started undergoing its first face lift in over 25 years!
2013 – The much anticipated and long-awaited Island Giants exhibit opened to the public on June 14. This exhibit houses our male and female Komodo dragons in a state-of-the-art naturalistic habitat and green building complete with living roof. Reptiland donated more than $100,000 worth of goods and services to local organizations, continuing to support the Susquehanna Valley and surrounding areas.
2016 – Another successful and event-filled year at the zoo! The butterfly greenhouse was converted into a walk-through aviary called Parakeet Landing. This proved a positive change as guests loved interacting with and feeding the 300 budgies in the exhibit. We also hosted three major events, including Croctoberfest, an adult-only fundraiser for crocodilian conservation. This event was generously sponsored by the Genetti Hotel & Suites, included beer tastings from 6 local breweries, live music on Komodo Plaza, a souvenir mini beer mug, and more. Just before the year came to a close, Reptiland Originals, a collection of animal art and prints, debuted in the gift shop.
2017 – Our outdoor dinosaur exhibit now features a Fossil Dig educational play area! Hidden beneath the sand is the cast of a dinosaur skeleton. Using the guide posted on the back wall, you can unearth and identify different parts of the dinosaur. The Fossil Dig was a hit during our annual Dino Days event in the summer. Later in the year, we held our 2nd annual Croctoberfest, which raised additional funds for crocodilian conservation. Around Halloween, visitors joined us after hours for our Flashlight Safari. Since many of our animals are more active in the dark, the Flashlight Safari offers a glimpse of what they do when nobody is watching. A new public path was created by moving the perimeter fence at the south end of the property west, and we also added an entry roof over the north end of reptile house.
Read testimonials from people who have experienced all that Reptiland has to offer.
“Most people in our area do not realize that we have one of the premiere reptile zoos in the country (if not the world) in our own backyard.”
“Pretty impressive zoo. I’ve been coming here for years, and it keeps getting better. It’s become a real quality zoo with a lot of educational materials mixed with nice display animals.”
“All staff went above and beyond to make our visit enjoyable. We came late, and they let us see everything!”
“We’ve passed this place numerous times, but never stopped, until this week. And what a surprise it was. A quality experience, educational, exciting, and a certain ‘wow’ factor….Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland is a first rate zoo and attraction.”
“Dino exhibit was hands down the best we’ve ever seen!”
“I recently was in for a visit with relatives from out of the area. It had been a while since I had been in, but the place is looking great, lots of changes! Keep up the good work!”