Alligators and turtles swim and play in large outdoor ponds in the outdoor gardens, while other reptiles bask in the indoor solarium.
Edisto Island Serpentarium
As The First True Serpentarium In South Carolina, this facility is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and study of the world of reptiles.
The serpentarium provides educational and exciting displays of reptiles both from around the world and native to the region.
You can view these beautiful creatures in both the indoor and outdoor facilities. Alligators and turtles swim and play in large outdoor ponds in the outdoor gardens, while other reptiles bask in the indoor solarium.
The reptiles in the outdoor gardens are not displayed behind glass but are viewed by visitors who look over low-walled enclosures to observe the snakes living in streams, climbing in trees or basking on stumps or logs exactly as they would be seen if encountered in the wild.
The Edisto Island Serpentarium provides an educational and entertaining experience for guests of all ages. Inside the show room, reptiles are displayed in habitats hand painted to display their natural environments where you may view tropical snakes from around the world as well as venomous and non-venomous snakes from around the U.S.
Professional speakers handle both venomous and non-venomous snakes of South Carolina explaining to guests the value of these animals in our environments. Many facts are given and some myths dispelled in these shows done daily at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00.
Alligators are fed at 12:00 and 4: oo daily. Guests may enjoy this up close and personal experience of watching the alligators eat while learning interesting facts about the history and life of these ancient reptiles.
Box turtles, red-eared sliders, diamondback terrapins, soft-shelled turtles and common snapping turtles are all displayed in a natural habitat for your viewing pleasure. This habitat also houses two huge Alligator snapping turtles, Bubba and Shelly. Right beside the habitat for the water turtles you may enjoy watching Joe Turtle and Spike, the African Spur-Thigh Tortoises. This species has the honor of being the largest land turtle in the world as compared to the Galapagos tortoise, which is an island tortoise.
Only here can you spend hours watching snakes in their natural environments. The non-venomous enclosure houses a variety of rat snakes, black racers, coachwhips, water snakes and others. Guests may enjoy safely watching them swimming, sunning on logs or climbing in the trees of our large, landscaped, open habitat. The venomous habitat contains most of the South Carolina’s venomous species such as cottonmouth moccasins, copperheads, and rattlesnakes.
The non-venomous enclosure also houses four iguanas that vary in size. One can enjoy searching for Skippy, Maxine, Caroline, and Pedro, (named in order of size) each with a distinct personality, are fun to watch as they climb, swim, and do what they do best…eat!
Opened to the public in July of 1999, the Edisto Island Serpentarium is a culmination of more than 50 years of snake hunting adventure and experience by brothers Ted and Heyward Clamp of Edisto Island, SC. The modern indoor facility and beautifully landscaped outdoor gardens house a wide variety of reptiles, mostly those collected by the Clamp brothers and native to the southeastern United States.
1374 Highway 174
Edisto Island, SC 29438
Text and video created in partnership with our friends at the Edisto Island Serpentarium