Well, I made it. Barely. But more about that later. Brody has wanted to go to the Snake Farm for years and even put it on his Summer To-Do list. So what's a mom (who is terrified of snakes...have I mentioned that?) to do? I took the boy and his equally terrified sister to the Snake Farm.
It's just as you'd expect it. You walk in and this is the first thing you see:
Yeah, that about put me over the top and I'd only been there for 2 minutes. The worst part of this picture is that they were slithering around while I was taking the picture and even Brody was a little creeped out by the size of them. Can you see it in his face?
And then they are walls and walls of snakes in closed containers. I let Brody wander around the room for a minute before I took a deep breath and stepped in.
shake it off...shake it off.....
I took a deep breath and launched into a teaching mode.
"See the yellow & black one there?"
"Remember this rhyme: "Red & Yellow kill a fellow, Yellow & Black, friend of Jack"
what's that got to do with snakes mom?
They had a king snake (friendly) next to a coral snake (not friendly...AKA poisonous). The king snake he is holding in the pic is a friend of Jack's. And as we are going through this little lesson we hear the indistinguishable sound of a rattle. I must have jumped back 10 feet....right into the opposite wall of snakes. Apparently the rattlesnakes did not like my little lesson. Time to go outside kids.
The outdoors had lots of funny creatures that the baby loved staring at. Like this warthog enjoying his lunch with the birdie on his back.
Or the turkey that paced up and down while having a conversation with the peacock.
Or this pig that was enjoying a roll in the mud.
I have never seen a pig do this before, so even I was amused.
And watch out for this incredibly scary creature:
Ok, just kidding. I was messing around on Manual with my camera and was totally impressed with this shot. Although I have heard these things are poisonous, right mom?
But our biggest scare came with the King Scorpion.
Yes, the herpetologist (study of reptiles) was holding that enormous creature by his stinger.
Now, I had prepared myself to see snakes, but definitely NOT scorpions and certainly not this close up. But what we learned is that this big guy has a quarter of the potency of the tiny wood scorpions that we find all over our house. Uh huh. That means the sting of this guy would barely hurt. Not compared to the hundreds we have roaming around my neighborhood. Now that's comforting.