Australian Venom Zoo in Kuranda (Cairns)

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When we were trying to find BatReach in Kuranda we walked by the Australian Venom Zoo.  We were accosted invited to come inside and have a look.  Of course the kids were dying to go in.  JitterBug especially was begging, and SkeeterBug wanted to also.  LadyBug could take it or leave it, mostly leave it.   First they send you downstairs for a look at the snakes and a few other creatures.  These snakes are among the most deadliest in Australia.  Right.  Not scary at all.  Some of them were quite restless. Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Mostly when you see snakes in zoos they are all curled up and hardly move.  Not this one.  Did I mention that this is Australia’s deadliest snake? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? This guy is not deadly.  At least I don’t think so, I think he’s a skink.  He was also downstairs. Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Then it was upstairs where they have a multitude of small aquariums holding various creatures.  They take you around and tell you about some of them.  There are opportunities to touch and hold some.  Snakes and spiders and such. Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? I took this picture to help me remember: apply ice to a spider bite.  I didn’t know that. Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? And then it was time to hold the big, friendly snake.  A python.  Not that deadly snake from downstairs. Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? Australian Venom Zoon in Kuranda | How Many More Minutes? We weren’t incredibly impressed with this place.  It left me with a creepy feeling, and not because of the various creatures inside.  It just didn’t seem well cared for, and the animals seemed to be valued for their money making potential more than anything.  The kids, however, enjoyed the time we spent there and JitterBug still talks about it!

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