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Spectacled Caimans (Caiman crocodilus) at the Herpetarium in Saint Louis Zoological Park.

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. Many serpentariums milk snakes for venom for medical and scientific research.[citation needed]

Notable herpetariums[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Murphy, James B., Herpetological History of the Zoo and Aquarium World, Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida, 2007. ISBN 1-57524-285-0