If passionate about reptiles, insects, if interested to see a feeding session for one of the snakes or the alligator, a little time in the Oslo Reptilpark would satisfy your curiosity. And would give you a nice break from the urban jungle outside.
It is located at short walking distance from the National Museum. It is not a huge park if the name gave you that impression. It is more or less some wide rooms of a house in the neighborhood, which has been decorated with plenty of glass aquariums, bigger or smaller, depending on the size of the inhabitants.
There are about 80, but the owners plan to add more to the current collection of snakes, spiders, frogs, tarantulas, fishes, the cayman Brutus, Leon the iguana and the talking parrot Junior. I personally had the chance to interact with Junior and hear him say few sounds that might have been words and little singing. I also enjoyed watching how he eats nuts and breaks them with his big beak.
Every Tuesday at 17:00 the animals are fed and the public can assist this event. I was brave enough and get to hold one of the snakes while its cage was cleaned or refreshed. Felt quite sneaky. And you get the chance to handle the food to the reptiles yourself.
If it’s your birthday, you have an important event or you are coming with a big group, contact them via the Events section of the webpage and you might get a discount.