Serpents slithering at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef

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 illustration.

    For more information, call (702) 632-4555.

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