LAS VEGAS -- If visitors to the recently opened "Serpents &
Dragons" exhibit at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay think they can
see the reptiles a little more clearly, it's because there is no
glass separating them from the display's subjects.
Only a pool of water stands between spectators and the
nonvenomous green tree python and the Arowana dragon fish.
Elsewhere at Shark Reef:Visitors can see golden crocodiles which were born and raised
at the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo near Bangkok.Baby nurse sharks were added to the "Sunken Lagoon" exhibit in
the Temple Atrium.The "Dangerous Beauties" exhibit features the stonefish,
considered by some to be the most dangerous fish in the world
because of the highly toxic venom contained in its grooved
spines.Zebra eels are the newest addition to the "Coral Hideaway"
exhibit in the Temple Room.
The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
daily. Admission is $13.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 5
to 12. Children ages 4 and younger are admitted free.
The admission price includes a self-guided audio tour. A new
facet of the tour includes fish identification cards that enable
visitors to match the animals in the exhibits with an
For more information, call (702) 632-4555.