Slytherin' in Luray

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Sign reads: Trespassers will be eaten! Photo by CTMom

Holly and Simon were already stir-crazy. We had been in Luray for exactly two hours and they were climbing the walls, so I decided, if they're going to act like monkeys I'll make them hang with like minds. I took them to the Luray Zoo.
The Luray Zoo is a small rescue zoo which offers safe haven for many former exotic pets. They have a HUGE collection consisting of reptiles, lemurs, condors, porcupines, a tiger and more.
We arrived rather late in the day, just in time for the 3:30 snake show. Yipes!  Mark Kilby, one of the owners, and demonstrator and professional snake handler, gave a great performance that held the attention of my children for a full 30 minutes and that's sayin' something.

Mark Kilby with a king cobra at the Luray Zoo. Photo by CTMom
First, he brought out a harmless milk snake. However venom-free it may be, it still gave me the heebie-jeebies. Then he brought out a copperhead which sent a little ripple in my spine. It's rather lazy, so I got over it pretty fast. I could tell he was building his demo to a venomous climax when he then presented a rattlesnake. Eeek! It was actually kind of cute in a weird slithery way. He had one snake case left to open after the rattler. What could it be? I was curious and fearful. Python? Boa? Cottonmouth? No! It was a king cobra. How fun, exciting and terrifying! The cobra did not want to lay still like the copperhead, and I was very uneasy until he went back, fighting, into his carrier.
The show was great and informative. If you don't like "in your face" antics, avoid the first couple of rows. Kirby usually has a hand on, or near the snakes so you don't need to worry about the snake slithering into the crowd, but you will anyway.
Entrance view from the parking lot of the Luray Zoo. Photo by CTMom
It's part of the suspense and excitement, right?
The zoo also has an area to feed deer, camels, goats, etc. Holly is petrified of goats perhaps having something to do with a song I made up one evening about a goat eating her pajamas. She got over the fear, a little, and let them eat some food pellets out of her hand. She was turned off by the slimy tongues.
They have a fun gift shop, where we got each of the kids rubber rattlesnakes so they could put on snake shows at home for us the rest of the evening. We had a great visit and finished just in time to go home for dinner.

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