We visited Branson for MLK weekend.
On the drive down from St. Louis I had a few minutes and caught up on a few emails. One of the emails was from MDC / the Missouri Department of Conservation, who was notifying the public that they were about to start displaying a two-headed snake that had recently been found near Branson.
So I set a reminder to call the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery office first thing in the morning. They did confirm that the snake was indeed just that morning set on display and that they would be open.
So we set plans for a short visit.
We saw the snake and stayed a while longer.
We had visited before, so we were familiar with the trout outside, growing from little trout to big ones ready to be released and possibly caught by our hooks.
So we spent our time inside.
Besides getting up close to the snake in its terrarium (right term, I hope), ew saw some of the location’s other awesome animals, including:
- Trout and bass in a big aquarium
- Several kinds of turtles / tortoises
- One turtle whose shell was hourglass shaped, presumably from him getting stuck inside a six-pack’s plastic strap (reminder to always cut those up before recycling so there are no “closed circles” that could catch on anything
- Some snakes
- Stuffed birds
One the way back to the car we saw several Cardinal birds in a tree - more than we had ever seen before.
We recommend a visit... more than one as you’ll want to learn and re-learn on later trips.
Thank you, MDC, for the great facility and for providing us trout to fish!
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