Cape Fear Serpentarium

Today was supposed to be a rainy afternoon at the beach, so we headed to the Cape Fear Serpentarium in Wilmington.

The first snake I found was the Black Mamba. I read about this snake in The Poisonwood Bible by, Barbara Kingsolver. Ruth May, the youngest daughter, is bitten one morning by a Black Mamba, and dies almost instantly.

They look so innocent but are super deadly. Fatality rate is almost 90%. Venom is so quick-acting that there is little time to seek medical attention. It is the second longest venomous snake and could be the fastest-moving snake in the world. Cancel my plans to Africa.

Then there was the King Cobra. It is considered to be one of the most intelligent snakes. Like the Black Mamba, it will chase you.

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Then the Bushmaster. There was a whole display on what happens to you minute by minute after being bitten by this snake. The owner has actually been bitten by this snake and actually survived.

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Now for the unanticipated part of our visit. Along the walls at the entrance were all kinds of anti-government propaganda. It was creepy to say the least.

So, strange, interesting and scary… but fun and full of facts for this snake loving family. We embrace our weirdness, and because of me, will always find places like this on vacation.

Kristan

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