Animal World and Snake Farm – New Braunfels, Texas

Jocelyn Murray April 8, 2013 No Comments


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Cobras, vipers and rattlers, oh my! Animal World & Snake Farm in New Braunfels, Texas is the perfect place to get a close look at all kinds of snakes and lots of other animals from scorpions and skinks, to monkeys and mountain lions and much more.

Unlike those big sprawling zoos that can leave one feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed, this charming zoo has a boutique feel that is just right for families with young children or anyone who loves to get up close to a host of animals in a visitor-friendly setting.

First opened in 1967, Animal World & Snake Farm has been drawing visitors for over 40 years. With more than 500 animals from all over the world, the zoo boasts a wonderful variety of reptiles, primates, birds, cats, exotic hoof stock, and more. There is even a petting zoo where guests can feed and interact with the animals.


Zoo Highlights


Snake Farm Rattlesnake – New Braunfels, Texas

Rattlesnakes are pit vipers that sense body heat from prey, and hunt mostly at night

Snake aficionados will find themselves in snake heaven because the variety of snakes is impressive. There are boas, pythons, milk snakes, kingsnakes, adders, sidewinders, a black mamba, and a huge anaconda. The anaconda is one of the largest snakes in the world, while the reticulated python is the world’s longest snake. This zoo has everything from small thin snakes to huge intimidating ones that conjure images of the powerful python in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book who befriends the boy Mowgli.

It was a snake that beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden, and was subsequently doomed to crawl on its belly and eat dust all the days of its life. It is an animal that is at once feared and revered. And although it has been “charmed” in the practice of snake charming that dates back to times of antiquity in ancient Egypt, it is really we who are mesmerized by these captivating creatures.

Other Reptiles, Arachnids and Big Cats

Snake Farm bearded dragon – New Braunfels, Texas

Bearded dragons are gentle by nature

Alligators, crocodiles, caimans, turtles, tortoises, iguanas, skinks, and bearded dragons are other reptiles guests can expect to see here. Arachnids also live at the zoo, and include tarantulas and scorpions. But that’s not all. Big cats like mountain lions, caracals, and servals lounge in their enclosures, or saunter about with their characteristic feline grace that makes these animals so splendid in every way. The servals resemble cheetahs with their markings and elegant faces, but are smaller.

Large Animals

Snake Farm zebra and bison – New Braunfels, Texas

Zebra and bison having something to eat

Zebras, bison and watusi roam a large corralled area near a camel, and regard onlookers with a casual indifference. The watusi are an African breed of cattle with very long horns projecting upwards. Their distinctive horns are so disproportionately large, they can grow up to 8 feet long. One tends to wonder how they have the strength to carry such weight upon their heads, and yet they do so with bovine ease.


A variety of birds including parrots, peacocks, turkeys, eagle owls, and the domestic variety of chickens and ducks are right at home here. Scarlet Macaws and Blue-and-Gold Macaws eye onlookers curiously from their perches. Macaws are the largest parrots in the world, and are known for their gregarious behavior and colorful plumage.


Snake Farm red ruffed lemur – New Braunfels, Texas

Like all lemurs, Red Ruffed Lemurs are indigenous to Madagascar

The monkeys are always fun to observe. Perhaps because, as primates, they are the closest relatives to our own human species. Capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, macaques, and several species of lemurs—which are only found on the island of Madagascar—can also be found here at the zoo.

Hyenas, Wolves & Other Animals

Guests can also see playful otters, warthogs, porcupines, coatimundi (which are related to the raccoon), a fennec fox, spotted hyenas, gray wolves, and capybaras—the world’s largest rodents, among other animals.

Snake Farm spotted hyena – New Braunfels, Texas

Spotted hyenas live in matriarchal clans

The spotted hyenas have a kind of lope when they run, and their movement is as unique as their laughter-like calls, which cannot fail to remind onlookers of their undeserved bad reputation for being craven-hearted scavengers who steal the prey of other animals, when they are actually excellent hunters. These sociable creatures live in hierarchical clan societies dominated by females which are larger than the males, and can run close to 40 mph when chasing prey. They also have the strongest bite of any mammal and digest their prey entirely except for hooves, horns and fur.

Snake Farm gray wolf – New Braunfels, Texas

Gray wolves live in packs led by a dominant alpha male and female pair

The gray wolves are also a popular favorite. These gorgeous animals have captivated people with their territorial behavior and fierce loyalty to their packs. They are alpha predators with no natural enemies other than humans. Wolves have been depicted in mythology, folklore, literature and heraldry since ancient times, and have come to symbolize leadership, loyalty and strength.

Petting Zoo

Snake Farm petting zoo – New Braunfels, Texas

The animals at the petting zoo are so cute!

The Petting Zoo is the place to get really close to feed, pet and interact with a variety of animals. There are adorable potbellied pigs with their chubby faces and bellies that hang low to the ground. These intelligent creatures are affectionate, playful, easily trained and kept as pets by many people. Goats also wander about the petting zoo, and follow visitors around in hopes of being fed. The baby goats—or kids—are just too cute with their velvety eyes and sweet baby cries. Llamas also wander close by searching for a snack. As part of the camelidae family, they are related to camels, along with alpacas, guanacos and vicunas.


Other Zoo Information

Snake Farm warthogs – New Braunfels, Texas

Warthogs enjoy wallowing in mud to keep cool

The staff at this zoo is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They offer shows, events, animal feedings and encounters that help guests gain a better appreciation and learn so much about the amazing animals that live there. Being a smaller zoo, it gives visitors an opportunity to interact with the animals—and even handle some of them—in a way that fosters an attitude of respect and conservation while creating wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Animal World & Snake Farm is located at 5640 N Interstate 35 Frontage Road, New Braunfels, Texas 78132. They are open daily from 10am – 7pm Memorial Day – Labor Day, and 10am – 6pm after Labor Day. Visit their website at

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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