It has been in business for almost 50 years!
Snake Farm Zoo was established in 1967 by Mack McClung and it provided a home to an extensive collection of snakes, reptiles and other exotic mammals. In 2007, Dr. Eric Trager became the new owner and Snake Farm transitioned to Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo— a fully accredited zoological park that homes over 500 different species of animals. It is a must see place if you ever find yourself heading down on I-35 South into New Braunfels. Below are the regular admission costs:
|Military (With ID)||$11.75|
|Seniors (Age 55 and Over)||$11.75|
|Children 2 and Under||FREE|
Parking is FREE!
When you walk in you get the opportunity to purchase some animal feed for $3 a bag. I STRONGLY recommend you purchase one for each of you children. Trust me they will love it! Well, talk more about this later.
Snakes, Snakes and more Snakes
Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo is home to the Top 10 most venemous snakes in the world. It was so cool to see. My kids were amazed. To be honest with you I had never seen snakes so active as the ones we saw here. Any snake lover would be in heaven visiting here.
There is so much more to Animal World Snake Farm Zoo then snakes.Gheck out these amazing animals that you can visit with.
Did you know that the African crested porcupine is the largest species of porcupines found in Africa? Its body is covered with coarse quills from 1 to 13 inches long. Isn’t that cool? The kids were fascinated to see him and read all the facts about him.
To be honest with you this is the closest we have ever been to a zebra. It was amazing to see how the strips on the front run vertical while the strips in the back run horizontal. Did you know that to keep from overheating, zebras have an extra layer of fat underneath the dark stripes? We learned that because of this the white-colored stripes can be up to 18 degree cooler than the black stripes!
Did you know that baby American alligators start out at 6 to 8 inches? By the time they are adults the average size for a male is 10 to 15 feet and females can grow close to 10 feet. They can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Did you know that Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs visited Animal World Snake Farm Zoo. Check out the clip.
It is sad to know that such cute animals are critically endangered due to habitat loss! Hopefully they can make a come back. Did you know that the first people to hear their loud calls thought they were ghosts in the forest! Because of this they gave them the name of Lemur, which means “ghost” in Latin. Interesting right?
I have to admit I had never heard of this fox before but he is super cute! The Fennec Fox is the smallest of the canine family They only grow about 12 inches and weigh just over 3 pounds. Adorable right? Makes you just want to put them in your pocket. We thought it was really interesting to learn that even though they live in the hottest desert in the world, fennec foxes rarely need to drink water.
Now, this was a real treat for the kids. They got to actally touch a Burmese python!!! They were super excited because the Burmese python is one of the six largest snake species in the world. They are capable of reaching up to 23 feet long and can weigh over 200 pounds!!! Whoa!
This is another animal that we had never seen before. It was fun to watch them play in the water and then rest on the rocks. Did you know that the Asian Small-Clawed Otter is the smallest of the thirteen otter species.
So these cute little Prairie dogs live in tunnels called towns. Now these are very interesting because if left undisturbed they can actually house many prairie dogs. Did you know the largest colony was found in Texas in 1990? The town was the size of Maryland! It is said that the town contained near 400 million prairie dogs within the tunnels. Could you imagine??
Though they do have six to eight movable bands on their shells, they cannot roll into a ball. Instead, they are able to draw their limbs under their shell which protects their soft, vulnerable underbelly.
Animal Informational Shows
Several times a day you can catch a show by the zookeepers. During these shows they give you lots of information about the animal they are presenting. At the end of the presentation they allow you to touch the animal. We got to touch a Burmese python and a skunk. It was fun and educational my favorite.
This was so much fun! My one recommendation is when you walk in with your food please make sure you keep your HANDS UP! My 3 year old and I walked in with his bag in his hand and a goat snatched it right out. Needless, to say he freaked and wanted to go back on the other side of the fence to his stroller. That being said once you keep your hands out of their reach you’ll be fine. It really is a great place to have your kids spend some interactive time. In the petting area they have Pot belly pigs who had just had piglets. They were adorable. But this llama was the best. We just couldn’t get enough of his face.
Panning for Gems and Fossils
Make sure you take some extra spending money with you so that you can get a snack while you are enjoying the day with all these beautiful animals. Another tip is check out Groupon they have tickets at a discounted price. That way you can use the money you save to buy your family some snacks!
Here is one last interesting fact about the Animal World Snake Farm Zoo, Texas country singer Ray Wylie Hubbard wrote a song about it.
All in all this is a great place to visit with your family. My kids had a blast here and I am sure you will love it just as much. If you would like to ADOPT and animal please check it out here.
*We received complimentary admission in exchange for an honest review.
Keep on enjoying all the beautiful animals in this world,