Saturday, August 9, 2014

Reptile Open House at Jesse Jones Park


Jesse Jones State Park had a Reptile open house on Saturday and I decided that even though my knee was hurting so bad I could just barely hobble around, that it would be better to get out of the house for awhile instead of just sitting there focusing on the pain.
The Reptile Open House features the largest pythons to the smallest frogs,with displays of live reptiles and amphibians from around the world.
I was glad I went.
The ranger was very informative about the snakes there at the center.
Texas is home to the following venomous snakes: the Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Rattlesnake, Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake, Mojave Rattlesnake, Blacktail Rattlesnake, Western Rattlesnake, Massasauga, Pygmy Rattlesnake, and Harlequin Coral Snake.
Texas is also home to hundreds of other snakes, some of which mimic their venomous cousins. The Texas bull snake does a very realistic job of imitating a rattler -- even down to the rattling sound! A milksnake and a coral snake look alarmingly alike -- same colors but in different orders. Learn to tell the difference.
http://www.texaspoison.com/snakes.asp
This is Lucky. She was found with her head almost chopped off. A ranger sewed her up and she is now a permanent resident at the park.

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A few people were brave enough to hold Lucky.

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Lucky weighs 40 pounds and is 10 feet long, quite the handful for this little girl.

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A corn snake, beautiful colors.
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A rattler
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This little guy was outside and posed for me nicely.

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A little flora and fauna.

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