It was an exciting night around here on Tuesday. A new Dirty Jobs episode with Mike Rowe aired and it was all about The Snake Farm in New Braunfels, TX. We had seen the teaser a week earlier and there was much discussion about The Snake Farm. Was it the same venue I had visited many years ago? If not, wouldn't it be strange that somewhere else in the United States there is a need for a snake farm? Lyrics from the song "Snake Farm" by Ray Wylie Hubbard repeated themselves in our heads. We haven't been this excited about a tv episode since...okay just since May but it has been a really WET summer and the tv has been awful even when you have access to 400+ channels. Anyway, the family that rarely eats meals all together at the table managed to all gather into the living room at the same time. (See, Scott and I are really amazing parents; we know how to make the most of quality family time.)
Turns out, it was the same Snake Farm I visited back in 1991. However, new owners have taken over and made some much needed updates. It needed help when I saw it. I can only imagine that 16 years later, the State Health Dept. was prepared to step in and rescue the reptiles. The couple who own it now, are young and sweet. I hope it works out for them. I'm guessing the entrance fee is more than $1.25 now.
You might be wondering why this tourist attraction made for a great episode of Dirty Jobs. Just like any other living creature, snakes eat, breathe, and excrete. Mike was there to move snakes and clean up cages. In addition to snakes, they have alligators too. He had the pleasure of draining their pond, removing obstinate alligators and turtles, and then power washing the bottom. His life was truly in danger when catching rattlesnakes and gators. Fortunately, Mike lived to tell the tale and we will benefit from more episodes.
If this has piqued your interest in the show, it airs on the Discovery Channel on Tuesdays. It's educational, funny, and somehow usually manages to involve poop (that alone draws the kids in). As a plus, the host has blue eyes and an appealing rugged look. Basically, there is something for everyone.