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Jack R. Facente Serpentarium Jack Facente Serpentarium/MToxins Vemom Lab Review + Full Species List

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  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Date of Visit: September 16 2021

    The Jack Facente Serpentarium/MToxins Venom Lab is a reptile zoo/venom lab in Oshkosh, WI. It opened only last year, on an honestly sketchy looking street corner. I am happy to say that this outside impression does reflect the actual quality of the facility, however.

    Note about the name: Jack R. Facente Serpentraium and MToxins Venom Lab are the same facility, and I don't know which name is better to use. Their logo and website use MToxins, but it's listed here on ZooChat under the Setpentarium name. Both names are equally large on the front of the building. For the rest of this this review I will refer to the facility as "MToxins" simply because it is easier to type.

    The entire facility is in one large room. Two walls are completely covered in terrariums, and the third wall contains windows looking into the venom lab. There are also some terrariums in the middle of the room. The terrariums at MToxins are all approximately the same size, but each is clearly customized for its inhabitants. Each is naturalistic and resembles the natural environment of the species found inside it. Apparently, each terrarium is also bioactive, meaning it contains an ecosystem of various inverts such as isopods and springtails to clean up the snake's poop and shed skin. These are some of the best reptiles displays I have ever seen, although some of them are perhaps a bit on the small side for some of the larger snakes.

    The reptiles collection here is truly impressive as well. I saw 49 species of snakes on display, all venomous, including some extreme rarities. This is among the best, if not the best, collection of venomous snakes in any North American zoo.

    There's a few non-reptile exhibits here, too. A small pen on the floor in the middle of the room contained a young Fennec Fox, only a few weeks old. This little guy was extremely playful and was obsessed with this cat toy with a little bell on it. The entire time I was here I could hear the ringing from the Fennec Fox playing with the toy. The other non-reptiles exhibits here included a macaw in a cage and three tethered birds of prey (two owls and a Bald Eagle).

    While I was here several animal ambassadors were brought out, and I also got to see some venom extraction in the lab. Here at the Venom Lab they extract venom from various species of spider, snakes, and scorpions in order to make antivenom. I actually got to see venom extraction from three species (Cottonmouth, Spectacled Cobra, Monocled Cobra) while I was here, which is very cool. I also learned from talking with the owner that MToxins is only of only 9 venom labs in the world, one of only two that harvests venom from both vertebrates and invertebrates, and the only to harvest centipede venom. It seems a bit odd it would be located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which has no wild venomous animals.

    Overall, I highly recommend a visit. MToxins has one of the greatest venomous snake collections in North America, probably in the world, too. It is easily one of the best zoos in Wisconsin, and probably one of the best specialist collections in the US. This is a must-see if you are in the area!

    Species List (Species in italics not seen)
    On Display
    1. Trans-Pecos Copperhead
    2. Cottonmouth
    3. Broadband Copperhead
    4. Pygmy Rattlesnake
    5. Banded Rock Rattlesnake
    6. Baja California Rattlesnake
    7. Western Diamondback
    8. Black-tailed Rattlesnake
    9. Mojave Rattlesnake
    10. Panamint Rattlesnake
    11. Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback
    12. Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
    13. Arizona Rattlesnake
    14. Central American Rattlesnake
    15. South American Rattlesnake
    16. Jararaca Viper
    17. Desert Lancehead Viper
    18. Timber Rattlesnake
    19. Common Lancehead Viper
    20. Urutu Viper
    21. Gumprecht's Green Pit Viper
    22. Sri Lankan Pit Viper
    23. Hundred-Pace Viper
    24. Desert Horned Viper
    25. Puff Adder
    26. Western Gaboon Viper
    27. Gila Monster
    28. Eastern Green Mamba
    29. Jameson's Green Mamba
    30. Western Green Mamba
    31. Black Mamba
    32. Inland Taipan
    33. Collett's Snake
    34. Dajarra Death Adder
    35. Chinese Cobra
    36. Indian Cobra
    37. Caspian Cobra
    38. Samar Spitting Cobra
    39. Rinkhals
    40. Cape Cobra
    41. Snouted Cobra
    42. Brown Forest Cobra
    43. Black-necked Spitting Cobra
    44. Egyptian Cobra
    45. Red Spitting Cobra
    46. Sakishima Habu
    47. Lansberg's Hognosed Pitviper
    48. Alligator Snapping Turtle
    49. Common Snapping Turtle
    50. Matamata
    51. African Side-necked Turtle, American Alligator
    52. Mexican Beaded Lizard
    53. Mexican Green Rattlesnake
    54. King Cobra
    55. African Spurred Tortoise, Red-footed Tortoise
    56. Blue-and-yellow Macaw
    57. Fennec Fox
    58. Bald Eagle
    59. Great Horned Owl
    60. Barred Owl
    Animal Ambassadors/Animals Seen in the Venom Lab
    -Madagascar Giant Hognose Snake
    -Ball Python
    -Common Boa
    -Reticulated Python
    -Burmese Python
    -Chilean Rose-hair Tarantula
    -Spectacled Cobra
    -Monocled Cobra
    -Cottonmouth
    -Deathstalker Scorpion
     
  2. TinoPup

    TinoPup Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    WOW. The only place I can think of to rival it in numbers might be the rattlesnake museum, which is even more specialized. Luray doesn't come close, and their exhibits are awful. Glad to hear the outside doesn't reflect their exhibits or care. Thank you for your detailed review!
     
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    That's an astonishing list of species. I'll have to visit the next time I swing through Wisconsin. ;)
     
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    birdsandbats Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    I just noticed their website lists 200 snake venoms for sale - that means MToxins has >200 species of just venomous snakes (as not all on-exhibit species were listed)!

    It also lists 10 scorpion species, 21 spider species, 6 centipede species (including an undescribed one)!
     
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    Batto Well-Known Member 10+ year member

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    Having the venom for sale does not automatically mean that the species is currently kept or has ever been kept there, sonce dry venom can be bought from other sources and stored there for a while if conserved adequately.
     
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    I thought I recognized the name!

    The excellent YouTube channel Snake Discovery did a tour of this facility a little while ago.
     
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    birdsandbats Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Updated species list:

    Date of visit: January 2 2022

    Species not seen in italics

    On Display
    1. Trans-Pecos Copperhead
    2. Cottonmouth
    3. Broadband Copperhead
    4. Banded Rock Rattlesnake
    5. Baja California Rattlesnake
    6. Western Diamondback
    7. Black-tailed Rattlesnake
    8. Mojave Rattlesnake
    9. Panamint Rattlesnake
    10. Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback
    11. Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
    12. Arizona Rattlesnake
    13. Central American Rattlesnake
    14. South American Rattlesnake
    15. Jararaca Viper
    16. Desert Lancehead Viper
    17. Timber Rattlesnake
    18. Common Lancehead Viper
    19. Urutu Viper
    20. Gumprecht's Green Pit Viper
    21. Sri Lankan Pit Viper
    22. Hundred-Pace Viper
    23. Desert Horned Viper
    24. Puff Adder
    25. Western Gaboon Viper
    26. Gila Monster
    27. Eastern Green Mamba
    28. Jameson's Green Mamba
    29. Western Green Mamba
    30. Black Mamba
    31. Inland Taipan
    32. Collett's Snake
    33. Chinese Cobra
    34. Indian Cobra
    35. Caspian Cobra
    36. Samar Spitting Cobra
    37. Rinkhals
    38. Cape Cobra
    39. Snouted Cobra
    40. Brown Forest Cobra
    41. Black-necked Spitting Cobra
    42. Egyptian Cobra
    43. Red Spitting Cobra
    44. Sakishima Habu
    45. Lansberg's Hognosed Pitviper
    46. Alligator Snapping Turtle
    47. Common Snapping Turtle
    48. Matamata
    49. African Side-necked Turtle, American Alligator
    50. Mexican Beaded Lizard
    51. Mexican Green Rattlesnake
    52. Common Boa
    53. African Spurred Tortoise, Red-footed Tortoise
    54. Blue-and-yellow Macaw
    55. Bald Eagle

    Animal Ambassadors/Animals Seen in the Venom Lab
    -Madagascar Giant Hognose Snake
    -Ball Python
    -Common Boa
    -Reticulated Python
    -Burmese Python
    -Mozambique Spitting Cobra
    -Nubian Spitting Cobra
    -Vietnamese Giant Centipede
    -Curlyhair Tarantula
    -Burgundy Goliath Birdeater
    -Thailand Zebra-leg Tarantula
    -Fat-tailed Scorpion
    -Rosy Boa
    -Virginia Opossum
     
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    Date of visit: January 7 2023

    On Display
    1. Trans-Pecos Copperhead
    2. Cottonmouth
    3. Broadband Copperhead
    4. Banded Rock Rattlesnake
    5. Pygmy Rattlesnake
    6. Baja California Rattlesnake
    7. Western Diamondback
    7. Black-tailed Rattlesnake
    8. Mojave Rattlesnake
    9. Panamint Rattlesnake
    10. Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback
    11. Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
    12. Arizona Rattlesnake
    13. Central American Rattlesnake
    14. South American Rattlesnake
    15. Jararaca Viper
    16. Desert Lancehead Viper
    17. Timber Rattlesnake
    18. Common Lancehead Viper
    19. Blood Python
    20. Gumprecht's Green Pit Viper
    21. Sri Lankan Pit Viper
    22. Hundred-Pace Viper
    23. Desert Horned Viper
    24. Puff Adder
    25. Western Gaboon Viper
    26. Gila Monster
    27. Eastern Green Mamba
    28. Jameson's Green Mamba
    29. Western Green Mamba
    30. Black Mamba
    31. Inland Taipan
    32. Collett's Snake
    33. Dajarra Death Adder
    34. Chinese Cobra
    35. Indian Cobra
    36. Caspian Cobra
    37. Samar Spitting Cobra
    38. Rinkhals
    39. Cape Cobra
    40. Snouted Cobra
    41. Brown Forest Cobra
    42. Black-necked Spitting Cobra
    43. Egyptian Cobra
    44. Red Spitting Cobra
    45. African Bush Viper
    46. Lansberg's Hognosed Pitviper
    47. Alligator Snapping Turtle
    48. Common Snapping Turtle
    49. Nile Crocodile
    50. African Side-necked Turtle, American Alligator
    51. Mexican Beaded Lizard
    52. Mexican Green Rattlesnake
    53. King Cobra
    54. African Spurred Tortoise
    55. Blue-and-yellow Macaw
    56. Pied Crow
    57. Eurasian Eagle-Owl
    58. Great Horned Owl
    59. Dark Fishing Spider
    60. Brown Recluse
    61. Southern Black Widow
    62. unidentified vinegaroon
    63. Wide-horned Hisser, Halloween Hisser, Peppered Cockroach, Extinct Roach, Question Mark Roach, Glowspot Roach
    64. Six-banded Armadillo
    65. Laughing Kookaburra

    Animal Ambassadors/Animals Seen in the Venom Lab
    -Ball Python
    -Common Boa
    -Burmese Python
    -Mexican Red-knee Tarantula
     
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    Date of visit: July 22 2023

    On Display
    1. Trans-Pecos Copperhead
    2. Cottonmouth
    3. Broadband Copperhead
    4. Banded Rock Rattlesnake
    5. Red Diamondback
    6. Baja California Rattlesnake
    7. Western Diamondback
    7. Black-tailed Rattlesnake
    8. Prairie Rattlesnake
    9. Gray Ratsnake
    10. Eastern Diamondback
    11. Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
    12. Arizona Black Rattlesnake
    13. Central American Rattlesnake
    14. South American Rattlesnake
    15. Goodman's Pit Viper
    16. Uracoan Rattlesnake
    17. Timber Rattlesnake
    18. Common Boa
    19. Blood Python
    20. Hundred-Pace Viper
    21. Desert Horned Viper
    22. Puff Adder
    23. Western Gaboon Viper
    24. Gila Monster
    25. Yellow-footed Tortoise
    26. Russian Tortoise
    27. Western Green Mamba
    38. Black Mamba
    29. Inland Taipan
    30. Collett's Snake
    31. Ball Python
    32. Chinese Cobra
    33. Indian Cobra
    34. Caspian Cobra
    35. Samar Spitting Cobra
    36. Rinkhals
    37. Cape Cobra
    48. Snouted Cobra
    49. Brown Forest Cobra
    40. Black-necked Spitting Cobra
    41. Egyptian Cobra
    42. Red Spitting Cobra
    43. African Bush Viper
    44. Lansberg's Hognosed Pitviper
    45. African Side-necked Turtle
    46. Common Snapping Turtle
    47. Nile Crocodile
    48. American Alligator
    49. Mexican Beaded Lizard
    50. Mexican Green Rattlesnake
    51. Reticulated Python
    52. African Spurred Tortoise
    53. Blue-and-yellow Macaw
    54. Pied Crow
    55. Eurasian Eagle-Owl
    56. Chilean Rosehair Tarantula
    57. Mexican Red-knee Tarantula
    58. Brown Recluse
    59. Southern Black Widow
    60. unidentified vinegaroon
    61. Wide-horned Hisser, Halloween Hisser, Peppered Cockroach, Extinct Roach, Question Mark Roach, Glowspot Roach
    62. Laughing Kookaburra
     
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