Ophidiophobia, or the fear of snakes, is among the top fears of American adults. While fear is a natural part of survival, an irrational fear of snakes and other reptiles is unwarranted. Once people learn more about reptiles and realize that most are harmless and even beneficial, their fears subside. Visitors to the Reptile House are introduced to a diversity of reptile species, encouraged to face their fears and implored to value reptiles for more than their skins. The oldest American zoo building, the Reptile House was built in 1875 in Turkish style and is a National Historic Landmark. Originally housing monkeys, the building is now home to more than 35 reptile species, including snakes, lizards, turtles and alligators, from around the world. Check the animal encounter schedule for our Reptile Keeper talks.