• Emerald Tree Boa
  • Eastern Green Mamba
  • Western Green Mamba
  • Gaboon Viper
  • Copperhead
  • Western Green Mamba
  • Mexican West Coast Rattlesnake
  • Gaboon Viper
  • Eyelash Viper
  • Gaboon Viper

About Us

WELCOME! $9 - GENERAL ADMISSION. We are dog friendly!

$8 - Seniors, educators, retired military and dependents.
FREE - Active Military with ID and Children 4 years old and under.
Currently we are open from:
11AM to 5PM Wednesday - Friday.
11AM to 6PM Saturday.
11AM to 5PM Sunday.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Groups of 15 people or more - $7 each.
Please call regarding information for Guided Tours - (910) 762-1669.

Our email address is: capefearserpentarium@gmail.com.
Hours may vary seasonally, so please phone for confirmation.

Please note that we are closed Thanksgiving Day, but otherwise open all week normal business hours. Happy Holiday and blessings to you and your family!

The Cape Fear Serpentarium is a unique facility located at 20 Orange Street in the downtown district of historic Wilmington, NC. Founded in 2001 by expert herpetologist Dean Ripa, the Serpentarium is a 10,000 square foot structure which features 54 displays which house over 40 venomous species of snakes, 5 large bays featuring giant constrictors, and three full-fledged interior habitats housing 3 species of crocodile. Other displays are the homes for several large and exotic species of lizards. In all, there up to 150 animals on display at any given time.

Using existing and new construction, this indoor zoo was built upon the original Wilmington Iron Works. Taking over two years to complete, the indoor displays are some of the largest of their kind in the world, painstakingly constructed to allow the animals to experience almost every freedom they would enjoy in their natural habitat. For patrons, this means the experience of encountering these creatures in as close to a natural setting as possible, while maintaining absolute safety.

Thus, spectators may enjoy all manner of rarely observed reptile behavior. Mating, combat and live feedings all compliment the inherent beauty of these powerful species.

The Cape Fear Serpentarium has been featured on Discovery TV, Animal Planet, Attache Magazine, Oxford American Magazine, the Wilmington Star News and many others. Scientists and tourists alike visit from all over the world to view animals that can be seen nowhere else. The Cape Fear Serpentarium is recognized as one of the world's foremost reptile collections.


The Serpentarium features over 80 species of exotic and indigenous reptiles.

Our exhibits include:


• King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)
• Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus)
• Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica rhinoceros)
• Fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper)
• Central American Bushmaster (Lachesis stenophrys)
• Blackheaded Bushmaster (Lachesis melanocephala)
• Spitting Cobra (Naja siamensis)
• Spectacled Cobra (Naja naja)
• Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca)
• Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia)
• Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)
• Water Cobra (Boulenginera annulata)
• Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
• Eastern Green Mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps)
• Western Green Mamba (Dendroaspis viridis)
• Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)
• Neotropical Rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus)
• Mexican West Coast Rattlesnake (Crotalus basilicus)
• Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)
• Hundred-Pacer (Sharp Nosed Viper) (Deinagkistrodon acutus)
• Eyelash Viper (Bothreichis schlegelli)
• Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)
• And many, many more.


• Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus)
• Burmese Python (Python molorus bivitatus)
• Giant Anaconda (Eunetes murinus)
• Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)
• Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis)
• Carpet Python (Morelia spilotes)
• And many, many more.


• Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis)
• Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)
• Salt Water Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Great Lizards:

• Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
• Argentine Tegu (Tupinambris merianae)
• Blackthroat Monitor (Varanus albigularis)
• Savannah Monitor (Varanus exathematicus)