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Medicine Park Aquarium's newest exhibit to feature slithering snakes

MEDICINE PARK — The newest Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center exhibit set to open this weekend will showcase a familiar — albeit scarier — member of the state’s wildlife.

The “Ethan R. Jenni Snake Shack” will be formally dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The snake shack will feature seven species of venomous snakes native to Oklahoma: the western diamondback, prairie rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, pygmy rattlesnake, western massasauga, cottonmouth and a copperhead. All snakes will be visible in a clear climate controlled container behind a thick sheet of plexiglass.

“Phase one of the snack shack depicts these seven venomous snakes from Oklahoma,” said Doug Kemper, executive director of the aquarium. “In subsequent phases, we’ll build additions that will depict all of the other non-venomous snakes — some of which we have on display at the creepy crawly table in the aquarium.”

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