Are your children fascinated with reptiles? Would you know what to do if a snake appeared in your back yard? Did you know there is somewhere you can take injured or sick animals if you find them?
Armadale Reptile Centre.
Armadale Reptile Centre is not only the place to view some of Western Australia’s native reptiles and animals in their natural habitat, but it’s also an animal education, rehabilitation and rescue centre.
Entrance to the centre.
Situated on the South Western Highway in Wungong, the Armadale Reptile Centre is home to around 40 different breeds of snakes and around 70 species of animals in total. It was established over 20 years ago as a means of educating members of the public about snakes and other reptiles they may encounter around Perth, or even in their own backyard. The centre aims to highlight which snakes are harmless, and which may be dangerous to the public.
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Each reptile and mammal is safely housed in a secure enclosure and the centre attractions include a crocodile pool, a bird aviary and various habitats for the larger mammals, which include koalas and dingos.
Dangerous or not?
You will find frogs, turtles, lizards and dugites at the centre, while the bird aviary houses galahs, lorikeets, cockatoos and a magnificent wedge tail eagle.
If you have a toddler, this experience may be a bit lost of them, as they may not be able to fully appreciate the spectrum of wildlife housed at the centre. Older kids, on the other hand, will find the range of animals and snakes fascinating, and will hopefully learn a lot about snakes and reptiles and what to do if they spot one in the garden.
If you’ve ever come across an injured or sick animal or reptile and weren’t sure what to do, then you can always get in contact with the Armadale Reptile Centre. They will be able to guide you though what to do if you find an injured animal, and they can take them off your hands. They look after injured kangaroos, wombats and possums, which may have bit hit by cars, snakes which are frequently attacked by other animals, plus bobtails and birds.
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If you do find an injured animal, you can contact the Centre on 9399 6927 or call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.
Olivia's type of reptile.
There are a range of facilities at the Centre, including snacks and drinks, picnic tables, a gift shop and baby change facilities. The centre is open Thursdays to Tuesdays (open Wednesdays during school holidays) from 10am to 4pm. Entry fees are $17 for adults, $12 for concession holders, $7 for kids aged three to 15 years. A group ticket is $42 for two adults and two kids.
Armadale Reptile Centre is a great place for educating parents and kids about WA’s most common reptiles and their natural habitats. If you want to learn more about which snakes to be most aware of, pay a visit and be prepared.
Essential Information Armadale Reptile Centre
Address: 308 South Western Highway, Wungong.
Phone: 9399 6927
Website: armadalereptilecentre.com.au Cost: $17 adults, $12 concession, $7 kids aged three to 15 years, $42 for a family of two adults and two children.
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