Students will leave at the end of 1st period and return during 4th periodField trips to the Phoenix Herpetological Society include a behind-the-scenes look at a reptile sanctuary and its inhabitants. On the tour, students will learn about over 1700 reptiles including:
- tortoises, like our native Sonoran Desert Tortoise as well as the three largest species of tortoises in the world
- large lizards such as iguanas and the carnivorous monitors and tegus
- venomous snakes (safely within their habitats/enclosures) such as rattlesnakes, cobras, and mambas
- 22 species of crocodilians (the second largest collection in the country) with alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gharials
- non-venomous snakes such as king snakes, ball pythons, and gopher snakes
- small lizards like bearded dragons and chuchwallas
PHS Field Trips are very hands-on and interactive; we give students the chance to meet, touch, and interact with as many animals as possible while teaching about adaptations, life histories, and considerations that we must take into account by having them in our sanctuary. We also teach about desert safety and what to do if they ever see a rattlesnake in the wild.
It is definitely a unique experience that students will not forget. They get the chance to hold a lizard and a snake...for many kids, this is the first (and maybe the only!) time they will ever do that. They learn about safety and responsibility of having a reptile as a pet and they learn why reptiles are such amazing animals.