Photos and words by Raphael Koh
The next time you head to the Singapore Zoo, you’ll get to meet more than 60 of the world’s most colorful, exotic and threatened reptiles, arthropods and amphibians at the newly-launched RepTopia. As its name suggests, it’s a section dedicated to our scaly friends — and a result of revamping the zoo’s 35-year-old Snake House.
Boasting several never-before-seen-in-Singapore creatures from all over the world, the exhibit is home to highly-endangered creatures like the Electric Blue Gecko, Madagascar Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise, Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle, and Chinese Alligator.
Glass walls allow visitors to observe the creatures as they go through their life cycle, and you can also enjoy a sweat-free experience (yaasss) in the indoor section, thanks to the climate-controlled habitat. Other features in the space include frog, lizard and snake rooms, a classroom for reptile-themed programmes and activities, a behind-the-scenes facility, immersive biodomes and interactive elements such as touchscreen displays.
Scroll through the photos below for an idea of what to expect.