Reptile Encounters in San Diego

If our “Reptiles from Around the World” Reptile Encounter, you will meet reptiles from all over the world that call Wild Wonders in San Diego their forever home.

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Dolce is a North American alligator

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Big T is our 150 pound African Sulcata Tortoise


Raya is a Tegu from South America

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Sheila is a blue tongue Skink from Australia

Reptile Encounters in San Diego

If you love reptiles, this Reptile Encounter is for you!  We have reptiles from South and Central America, Africa, Eurasia, and Australia / Asia, and you’ll have feeding and/or hands-on interaction with a variety of them.

Our Reptile Encounter is both indoors and outdoors.  Our reptile room is home to animals that like warmth:  iguanas, snakes, uromastyx, a legless lizard, a skink, a cane toad, and our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.  For their comfort, we keep it nice and warm and a bit humid.  Outside, you’ll meet some of our tortoises and turtles (snappers and red sliders) and watch a training session with one of our alligators.

We offer this Reptile Encounter only on feeding days, so this is not for squeamish people. Many of our larger reptiles receive whole prey that has been frozen and then defrosted, while the smaller ones get live mealworms or crickets.




  • The price is $285 for 4 people over the age of 8.
  • Additional people ages 12 and over:  $50
  • Additional people ages 8-12:  $25

Included in this price is a tour of our 5-acre facility where you’ll come face to face with many more exciting animal ambassadors from all over the world.

You can combine your Reptile Encounter with additional Animal Encounters to customize your visit to Wild Wonders.  Get more information about them by clicking the “See more Animal Encounters” button.

Even more Reptiles!

You’re sure to get your fill of our multiple snakes (python, rosy Boa, King snake) and lizards.  And don’t forget Thelma & Louse, our red eared sliders, Sally, our snapping turtle, Little T, our desert tortoise, and Rocky our box turtle.  And if you’ve never seen a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, they are not to be missed!

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Bufo is a Cane Toad from Australia

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Nola is an iguana from the Rain Forest


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One of our boa constrictors

Testimonials about visiting Wild Wonders

“Excellent visit- the docents are passionate, knowledgeable, and delightful. The animals are amazing!”  –ar

“An amazing experience for animal lovers. The facility was beautifully kept, the animals were clearly loved and well cared for, and the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and caring. I would highly recommend a visit!”  -mj


Other Animal Encounters

You can feed a bearcat, meet a cheetah, walkabout with a wallaby, watch a cat training session with one of our servals or our lynx, or “ooh” and “aah” over our foxes.  Can’t choose just one?  You can combine any of our Encounters to create YOUR perfect visit.