Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Colorado Gators Reptile Park

North of Alamosa in Mosca, Colorado lies the Colorado Gators Reptile Park. We decided to spend the afternoon visiting there after our trip to the Great Sand Dunes.

If it appears this place is in the middle of nowhere, it's because it is.
Colorado Gators Reptile Park began as a Tilapia farm in 1977. Baby gators were purchased in 1987 to dispose of dead fish and filleted fish remains. It opened in 1990 to the public so everyone could see the gators.

Colorado Gator Reptile Park has also become a sanctuary for unwanted reptile pets. They not only have gators, but also tortoises, iguanas, and LOTS of snakes (shiver!). They even had ostrich and emu.

Awww! It looks like our very own Turtly!

This guy looks plump and happy - and look at all those fish around him!!!
I think everyone's favorite part of the park  was visiting with all the tortoises. Though looking at the size of some of them, we're going to have to think about housing arrangements for Turtly! It's a good excuse to get a greenhouse sooner rather than later...

Was it neat? Yes. Was it worth the admission price? Eh...probably not, but I'm still glad we went. The "Pickles" enjoyed it.

Note: You can pick up an admission coupon in the local tourist attraction newspapers that are found in hotels or online on their website.

Visit the Colorado Gators Reptile Park website for hours and prices.

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