To celebrate Veteran's Day, we decided to head a few miles north on I-35 and check out the Snake Farm of Ray Wylie Hubbard fame. Dennis had been here with his Uncle Bud as a kid and we saw it on an episode of Dirty Jobs not so long ago. I have to say, it was not what I expected at all! The new owners have really done a lot with the place and were so excited to tell us about their plans for expansion. We really had fun!
Given that the place is called the Snake Farm, of course they had snakes. Lots of snakes. Snakes from all over the world. This black adder was all too happy to smile for the camera.
There's a fair share of lizards too
These gigantors were NOT the biggest kids on the block
I'm pretty sure these guys were. It's hard to tell from the picture but the one pictured below's head was about the size of a small shovel
Out behind the main building are all sorts of animals!
This zebra really wanted his nose scratched and I really wanted to scratch it, but I resisted
There are tons of free ranging chickens and peacocks
There are also beautiful breeding pairs of mountain lions and white lions. More about those later.
This was actually my first time seeing a wolf, ever. This one looks a lot like a dog we had when I was a kid.
Monkey drinking fountai
These rabbit-deer creatures loved Summer. I never did figure out what they are called.
The Fennec Foxes were SO cute.
This little prairie dog was quite the ham!
This little guy kept banging the dish on the side of the cage
Hands down, the star of the whole place for us was this 4 month old mountain lion cub. She was adorable and so playful.
They have a petting zoo with your usual pushy goats. There were a couple of babies in there as well.
And a very tiny sweet baby piglet
This goat decided to eat my pants
Happy as a pig in... a puddle
The crocodile pit from Dirty Jobs
Yet another animal I had never seen before - hyenas!
A toothy grin from a baby caiman
These are the biggest rattlesnakes I have ever seen. They live in a very deep pit.
If you happen to be on I-35, I would definitely recommend a stop by the Snake Farm.