Rattlesnake museum opens in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cowboy hat and boot stores in Oklahoma City’s historic stockyards district have some new neighbors: rattlesnakes and other reptiles.
KGOU reports the OKC Rattlesnake Museum opened to visitors this week. It’s home to 35 venomous reptiles, including a Gila monster a 5-foot, 22-pound eastern diamondback named “Big Girl.”
Museum founder and owner Carl Sandefer says he hopes visitors will learn to identify different types of snakes with up-close looks. He says rattlesnakes could be coiled up on a back porch, so it helps to have a little knowledge about them.
Sandefer has a background in biology and has worked at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Information from: KGOU-FM, http://www.kgou.org