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A visit to the International Rattlesnake Museum

Bob Evans has been head wrangler at the International Rattlesnake Museum for more than 30 years. (Leslie Kelly)
Bob Evans has been head wrangler at the International Rattlesnake Museum for more than 30 years. (Leslie Kelly)

On our recent visit to Albuquerque, New Mexico, I spent some time poking around the American International Rattlesnake Museum. Yes, really.

It's a fairly small space for all the info that's packed inside its walls. Founder Bob Evans says the team would love to move into a bigger facility, but this spot is pretty darned charming. If you can say that about a few rooms filled with snakes. Real live snakes.

They're on display in aquariums, but still... if you're squeamish, this is not a good place for you.

The displays warn that if a snake starts to shake his rattle, that means he's scared. So back away. 

That actually happened to me and you better believe I high tailed it away from that scenario. Most of the snakes are not venomous, but many are. Interesting to read about their habits and habitats. 

Of course, I left with a souvenir: a snake shaped ring. Already, I've had a few compliments and I'm very happy to tell folks where I bought it. Don't miss this quirky spot if/when you're in ABQ.



Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.