Hands-on Crocodile and Snake Experience
Fascinating Creatures Up Close and Personal and Allowing you to Actually Feel and Touch Some of the World’s Most Feared Reptiles
Zulu Croc offers an hour and a half, hands-on crocodile and snake experience, join is in the Adventure Show being presented daily Monday to Saturday, at 10H00, 12H00 or 14H00, bringing these fascinating creatures up close and personal and allowing you to actually feel and touch some of the world’s most feared reptiles. This awesome interactive encounter will no doubt leave you with many unforgettable images and memories.Our Guides professional snake handling skills are put to the test as they boldly interact with and discuss highly venomous species such as puff adders, cobras and boomslangs, much to the amazement and awe of the visitors.Check out in close detail, the snake with the longest fangs in the world, the Gaboon Adder, and see the impressive and defensive hoods of several of the deadly cobra species. Learn about their movements, their venom types and their danger to us, as well as get acquainted with a few of the large colourful and impressive constrictor species.This interaction is further enhanced by the utilization of informative audio and visual technology turning a simple demonstration into a rich, rewarding wildlife experience.
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Mon – Sat: 08H00 to 16H30
Sun: 10H00 to 14H30
We are open during all Public Holidays except 25th Dec and 01st Jan.
We are open on Sundays only during South African School Holidays.
Zulu Croc offers an hour and a half, hands-on crocodile and snake experience, bringing these fascinating creatures up close and personal and allowing you to actually feel and touch some of the world’s most feared reptiles. This awesome interactive encounter will no doubt leave you with many unforgettable images and memories. Visit our “Snake O Zeum” where our guides give daily demonstrations and informative talks on snakes in general. Their infectious enthusiasm is clearly evident and their willingness to share and impart knowledge adds to their popularity.
Our Guides professional snake handling skills are put to the test as they boldly interact with and discuss highly venomous species such as puff adders, cobras and boomslangs, much to the amazement and awe of the visitors. Check out in close detail, the snake with the longest fangs in the world, the Gaboon Adder, and see the impressive and defensive hoods of several of the deadly cobra species. Learn about their movements, their venom types and their danger to us, as well as get acquainted with a few of the large colourful and impressive constrictor species.
This interaction is further enhanced by the utilization of informative audio and visual technology turning a simple demonstration into a rich, rewarding wildlife experience. Set in safe and tranquil surroundings, the park meanders through cycad lined pathways, leading to a variety of secure, spacious and well maintained crocodile enclosures where the guides are always on hand to answer any questions and help if needed. Here the Nile crocodile is king and specimens of varying sizes, from hatchling’s to behemoths of close to a ton, can be seen. A Restaurant with succulent meals, bar, curio shop and clean restroom facilities are also available.
At the end of an exciting and exhilarating tour of the park, why not relax at Zulu Croc’s very own “Croc-Tale” Restaurant, where you can sit back and reflect on the day’s activities. Our Guides passion for reptiles goes far beyond the mere capturing of snakes and crocodiles. They are people’s persons, nature lovers and conservationists, always willing to assist with problem reptiles posing an immediate danger to surrounding workers or inhabitants. They are always quick to react to the many calls they receive on a daily basis.
Our Guides also work hand in hand with local nature conservation authorities especially when it comes to the removal of rogue or man-eating crocodiles. For an unforgettable experience set in a safe and serene environment, visit Zulu Croc where our team eagerly await your arrival.
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus):
The Nile crocodile has a somewhat deserved reputation as a vicious man-eater. The proximity of much of its habitat to people means run-ins are frequent. And its virtually indiscriminate diet means a villager washing clothes by a riverbank might look just as tasty as a migrating wildebeest. Firm numbers are sketchy, but estimates are that up to 200 people may die each year in the jaws of a Nile croc.
Africa’s largest crocodilian, these primordial brutes reach a maximum size of about 20 feet (6 meters) and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds (730 kilograms). Average sizes, though, are more in the range of 16 feet (5 meters) and 500 pounds (225 kilograms). They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps.
The diet of the Nile crocodile is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, including zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles. It will also scavenge carrion and can eat up to half its body weight at a feeding.
One unusual characteristic of this fearsome predator is its caring nature as a parent.
Where most reptiles lay their eggs and move on, mother and father Nile crocs ferociously guard their nests until the eggs hatch, and they will often roll the eggs gently in their mouths to help hatching babies emerge.
Hunted close to extinction in the 1940s through the 1960s, local and international protections have helped them rebound in most areas. In some regions, though, pollution, hunting, and habitat loss have severely depleted their numbers.
West African Dwarf Crocodile (Ostelaemus tetraspis):
Dwarf crocodiles attain a medium adult length of 1.5 meters (5 feet), though the maximum recorded length for this species is 1.9 meters (6.2 feet). Adults are a uniform black on their backs and sides with a yellowish underside with black patches. Juveniles have a lighter brown banding on body and tails and yellow patterns on the head.
Dwarf crocodiles’ range across tropical lowland regions of sub-Saharan West Africa and West Central Africa.
The dwarf crocodile is a slow, timid, and mainly nocturnal reptile. As with all crocodilians, it is an adept predator of vertebrates, large invertebrates such as crustaceans and, when presented with the opportunity, also eats carrion.
Foraging is mainly done in or near the water, though in areas with substantial ground cover, they may expand their feeding pattern to land in extensive forays, specially following rains.
Slender-snouted crocodile (Crocodylus cataphractus):
Slender-snouted crocodiles are native to freshwater habitats in central and western Africa. They are a medium sized crocodile and grow to about 3 to 4 meters long. They have a slender snout used for catching prey, hence their name. Their diet consists of mainly fish, snakes, amphibians and crustaceans.
Slender-snouted crocodiles begin to breed in the rainy season. The female constructs a mound nest consisting mainly of plant matter, which is sited usually on river banks. The eggs have a long incubation period, sometimes up to 110 days.
This species is generally not found in groups, except during the onset of the breeding season. The female constructs a mound nest consisting mainly of plant matter. Nests are sited on the banks of rivers, and construction generally begins at the onset of the wet season, although breeding is asynchronous even within members of one population. It has a similar, but generally shorter nesting season than that of the sympatric Osteolaemus tetraspis, which may nest further from the riverine habitat frequented by C. cataphractus.
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis):
The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator, is a reptile endemic only to the South-eastern United States. It is one of the two living species of alligator, in the genus Alligator, within the family Alligatoridae. It is larger than the other extant alligator species, the Chinese alligator.
The American alligator inhabits wetlands that frequently overlap with human-populated areas.
Although primarily freshwater animals, alligators will occasionally venture into brackish water. Alligators live in wetlands and this is the vital habitat that holds the key to their continued long-term survival. Alligators depend on the wetlands, and in some ways the wetlands depend on them. As apex predators, they help control the population of rodents and other animals that might overtax the marshland vegetation.
A large, slow-moving viper, they are responsible for a significant number of snake-bites accidents in Africa. It is not aggressive, but relies heavily on its camouflage, so it is easily overlooked by humans and can inadvertently be trodden upon. It strikes quickly, and its long fangs penetrate deeply. Its potent venom is produced in huge quantities. Although this snake kills many people in rural areas, death is usually preventable if suitable medical treatment is available.
This is a much feared snake, although bites are rare. It lurks among dead leaves in dappled light, its outline disguised by the geometric pattern of rectangles and triangles along its body. It hardly moves, preferring to wait for it pray to come within range, then it strikes with great speed, injecting venom with fangs that can be up to 4cm long. They are found in West and Central Africa. Mostly St Lucia in KwaZulu Natal.
The Boomslang hunts chameleons, birds, and other small animals during the day, using camouflage and stealthy approach to get within striking distance and then snatching its prey in a sudden rush. It kills with venom delivered through fangs that are situated below the eyes and is one of the few colubrid that can kill humans, although it only bites when cornered. They are found in South Africa.
Commonly found near villages, and even cities, the Burmese Python performs a useful function by eating rats and other vermin. Unfortunately, it is not always welcome because it also takes chickens and other domestic animals. All pythons coil around the eggs, but the Burmese Python is able to raise its body temperature by a process that in not yet fully understood.
One of the most venomous snakes in Africa with a powerful quick acting neurotoxin, the black mamba has a reputation that no other snake can match. Although extremely dangerous the Black Mamba is, in fact, a nervous and shy snake.
Black necked spitting cobra:
Spitting cobra’s poses a cytotoxic and neurotoxic venom their ability to “spit” venom comes from modified fangs. This spitting is a form of self-defence and does not help in catching prey, spitting cobras are able to spit there venom up to 2m accurately. If the venom comes into contact with your eyes the venom molecules bind to the corneal protein and cause immediate pain and swelling. The eyes should be flushed with water immediately.
Thought to be the world’s longest snake, the Reticulated Python is an inhabitant of the steamy tropical rain-forest of South-east Asia. it leads a secretive life, well camouflaged among forest vegetation. Occasionally it strays into villages and the outskirts of large towns, probably attracted by potential prey in the form of rats and domestic animals. it is one of the only handful of snakes they are known to have eaten humans, although cases are exceptionally rare.
This slender, graceful python occurs in many colour forms throughout its wide geographic range in Australia and New Guinea. It occupies a number of different types of habitat and is usually nocturnal but, depending on the climate, it can also be diurnal. The Carpet Python is often found around human habitations, where it does a useful job eating rats and other vermin.
African Rock Python:
They are most active at night, though very fond of basing – especially after a large meal. Its ambushers its prey, latches on with its powerful re-curved teeth and constricts it. Pythons are extremely valuable as they control rodent populations, especially rock hyrax (dassies) and cane rats. Pythons have been known to kill people in the past but today large individuals are very rare. Because of the python’s size and the fact that it has numerous strong re-curved teeth, a bite may cause a fair amount of tissue damage and the victim may even need stitches.
They are probably amongst the most widely known snake species, the boa constrictor, as it is popularly known, is a magnificent predator from the jungle of Central and south America that has adapted itself to a wide range of different habitats and lifestyles. It has few enemies once it reaches its adult length of 3 meters or more. Although the Boa is usually found in rain-forests, it also occurs in drier environments in Mexico and on the grasslands of northern Argentina. It lives in trees or on the ground but becomes increasingly terrestrial as it gets larger.
They are one of Africa’s largest cobras, it often occupies a permanent home in a termite mound where it will reside for years in not disturbed. It is active at night, foraging for food from dusk onwards, often venturing into poultry runs. It is not an aggressive snake but will assume a formidable posture in cornered. They have a neurotoxic venom that affects breathing and in untreated cases may cause respiratory failure and death.
This is a large cobra normally associated with closed canopy coastal forest in northern Kwazulu-Natal (RSA). It is active and alert, climbs well and is equally at home on land and in water. Though primarily active at night, it likes to bask in the sun and forages for food on overcast days. They are potently neurotoxic but because of this snake’s restricted distribution and shy nature, bites are virtually unheard of in South Africa.
Green IquanaThey have a life span of about 15-20 years in captivity. Unfortunately, they are a threatened species due to loss of habitat. They vary in colour from green to brown and usually weigh between 4-7kg, but they can weigh up to 18kg. They eat leaves, flowers and fruit, but they will have an insect and other small animals as a supplement to their diet. A female will lay between 30-40 eggs at a time and when the eggs hatch, the babies live in trees and eat insects that they catch themselves, no parental care. They come from South America, some Pacific Islands and the Florida Keys (USA).
At the end of an exciting and exhilarating tour of the park, why not relax at Zulu Croc’s very own “Croc-Tale” Restaurant, where you can sit back and reflect on the day’s activities.
The Restaurant offers succulent meals, bar, curio shop and clean restroom facilities.