Sneak Peek of Spiders, Snakes and Scorpions, Oh My!

Bill and I are part of three other work/camp hosts that are hosting a Zombie Apocalypse on Friday 10/30/2015, and a Halloween bash on 10/31/2015, here at San Tan Mountain Regional Park

If you follow my blog you know creepy crawlers are NOT friends of mine… No, in fact, I’m terrified of scorpions, and really want NOTHING to do with snakes or spiders… Because…, just like a song I know says… ” I don’t like spiders and snakes… and that ain’t what it takes to love me… you fool, you FOOL…”  🙂

So imagine the look on my face when I realized part of my job as a Park Host here at San Tan Mountain Reserve Park involves showing people into, and answering questions about, our Nature Center that houses all kinds of “creepy crawlers…”

Oh yes, we have a Nature Center that is home to the following:

A “beautiful …” depending on who you talk to, non-venomous King Snake…


A non-venomous Gopher Snake


And the VERY venomous Rattle Snake!


We also have a HUGE scorpion on display… For those of you that know me, and follow my blog…, If I had ever seen one of these in my “little house of horrors” in Chandler… I would still be running for my life…


And of course no South West Nature Center would be complete without a resident tarantula. Right?


All of the “beautiful” residents of the San Tan Mountain Reserve Nature Center are either rescued or here for educational purposes.

For example: The rattle snake, is over 18 years old, and has a large sist on its spine so it is being cared for here and allowed to live out its life in the comfort of a controlled environment where it is fed (OMG that is a whole other blog post…), and well cared for, while also allowing the public to be educated about the purpose, and place, of these creatures within our Ecosystem.

One of the BIG opportunities for the public to be educated about our Nature Center Residents is Halloween. Oh my, the Nature Center is transformed into a Haunted House, using the resident snakes, spiders, and scorpions as part of the overall effect without them being disturbed.

Black sheets are hung from cable wires placed on the ceiling to create “rooms” within the Nature Center,  which helps create a more haunted feeling… And of course, all sorts of Halloween creepy effects are added as well…


Black sheets are also placed on the floor for effect in the graveyard room…


Hollowed trees house black ravens as well and ghosts…


And the “presumed” dead sometimes come to life…


But, I have been warned… if I say too much now… I might not make it out alive to post anything more, so…

Stay Tuned, as this is but a glimpse of what is yet to come…!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Oct 28, 2015 @ 14:50:33

    Oh my gosh…I had to scroll fast through those photos!!! Isn’t it interesting to learn all there is out there that you didn’t even know about when you lived in Phoenix area all that time! That’s what I love when we get out of our “box!” Looking forward to more!! xoxoxo


    • beyondcinderella
      Oct 28, 2015 @ 21:20:51

      Yes GG Bro and I said when we retire we didn’t want to just sit around and watch TV and grow old… we want to continue to learn something new every day… We are accomplishing that goal with each work/camp assignment we accept, and are having so much fun along the way. Best decision we ever made… XoXo


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