The Best Kept Wildlife Secret in Texas The Best Kept Wildlife Secret in Texas


Chester Moore

If you’ve driven down I-35 in New Braunfels much over the last few decades you have probably noticed the big sign that says “Snake Farm.”

It is a landmark in the region, having opened its doors in 1967, and I fondly remember stopping there many years ago to check out the various creepy crawlies.

The facility for the last nine years has been under the ownership of Eric Trager and has been transformed into something new and exciting—Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. “We’ve kept the charm of the snake farm and greatly expanded our inhabitants,” Trager said. “From white lions to the top 10 most dangerous snakes we have them all. We have daily shows that will thrill kids and kids at hear as well as a staff dedicated to educating people on wildlife. If you want an experience, come check us out,” Trager said.

Our ministry, Children’s Kingdom Ministries, contacted the facility to help grant a “Wild Wish,” one of our outreaches where we grant the wish of animal encounters for children who are facing a challenge. We were honored to work with the Berge family whose sons Shane and Justin wanted to meet a wolf.

Trager and his staff did that and a whole lot more. They rolled out the red carpet and allowed them to meet everything from wolves to monkeys and gave them some memories that will last a lifetime.
The facility is not only fun to visit, but the people behind it are top notch. Enjoy these photos from my recent trips to the Snake Farm.


The classic Snake Farm look is undergoing a transformation. The facility is expanding into new acreage and Trager has plans to bring in many exotic and unique species.


Justin Berge and his brother Shane got a special treat when they got to meet a monkey. Education and outreach is an important part of this unique and historic Texas must see.


Want to see hyenas in an up close setting? Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo offers that chance plus they do a cool hyena feeding show. For more information go to www.exoticanimalworld.com or call 830-608-9270.


The facility has an amazing collection of snakes including an impressive rattlesnake pit. This is a five foot western diamondback I photographed there. They have the top 10 most deadly snakes on the planet as well as every variety of venomous snake found in Texas.


The newest show stoppers at the Snake Farm are the white lion cubs, a male and female imported from South Africa. White lions are super rare and visitors can see them daily during the “Ghosts of the Jungle” show at 11 a.m.