snakes alive was set up in 1996 and was one of first companies offering interactive children's parties with a variety of reptiles. 23 years later it has grown to provide a variety of reptile services. 

For the past 5 years (2014-2019) we have hosted the largest Reptile House in Essex at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay, however we will be moving out in November 2019 to focus on our external work. 

The company is currently run by father and son team Peter and Daniel Hepplewhite who strive to offer the best experience for all clients. 

Understanding the nature and features of reptiles, insects and arachnids is imperative to our line of work and sharing this information enables others to make informed decisions about the treatment of these animals in the wild and in captivity.

We hold a 5* rated Animal Activities Licence (AAL - required by law for all industries that use animals for business purposes), Public liability insurance for £10m, and all our staff are DBS checked.




Please contact us if you would like to see the following information:

  • Staff DBS Certificates

  • Public Liability Insurance (£10 million)

  • Animal Activities Licence - authorised by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council 

  • Safeguarding Policy


Please only complete the relevent booking form if you have confirmed a date and time with us and paid your balance.



Party Booking Form

Schools / Event Booking Form

Animal Hire Booking Form

If you are just looking for a price for an external event please complete our quote form. 


The welfare of all our animals is highly important to us, and their wellbeing comes before any part of the business. We will remove any animal from display at the first signs of stress and thus the animals we choose to bring may vary at short notice.


We never consider our animals as naturally tame or house trained, however, each animal has established handling as a regular occurrence to assist us in their care. 


snakes alive does not take any responsibility for the content found on external websites.


Careful consideration and research should be taken when purchasing any animal as a pet. Many of our animals have been rescued or re-homed due to the owners no longer wanting them, we have taken them in and cared for them. 


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At snakes alive we specialise in providing reptiles, amphibians, arachnids & mini-beasts including snakes, lizards, tortoises, frogs, toads, spiders, scorpions, a variety of invertebrates for a range of activities. This includes a mobile petting zoo, reptile displays, children’s parties, reptile experience days, animal hire and interactive reptile experiences for school, and colleges.