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Saint Louis Zoological Park
Euprepiophis in a Serpentarium

A herpetarium is a zoological exhibition space for reptiles and amphibians, most commonly a dedicated area of a larger zoo. A herpetarium which specializes in snakes is an ophidiarium or serpentarium, which are more common as stand-alone entities also known as snake farms. Many snake farms milk snakes for venom for medical and scientific research.

Notable herpetariums

See also


  • Murphy, James B., Herpetological History of the Zoo and Aquarium World, Krieger Publishing Company,