Snake milking! What other enticement do you need? Truthfully, it's more of an unassuming biotoxin supply facility—and venom-collection wonderland—than a zoo. Begun in 1972 to collect poison for medical research and to save the lives of bite victims, its location 20 miles east of Disney tempted its operators into joining the ranks of tourist attractions 4 years later, and daily at noon and 3pm, you can thrill (safely behind glass) as George Van Horn grabs deadly serpents, plants their yawning fangs over the membrane of a venom-collection glass, and gets the creatures spitting mad. There are about 50 snakes on display (including an 18-ft. cobra and 11 types of rattlers) at any time, but obviously, this one’s about venom spewing. Gotta admit—that's cool.
Reptile World Serpentarium
5705 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy./U.S. 192, St. Cloud
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm Phone 407/892-6905 Prices $8.75 adults, $6.75 kids 6–17, $5.75 kids 3–5 Web site Reptile World Serpentarium