When I was in college, you weren't supposed to keep pets in on-campus housing, though lots of students had fish, and a couple even got away with kittens for a while. We had a snake. A 3-foot-long black corn snake. Shadow, as she was called, preferred not to remain in her aquarium, much to our chagrin. More than once she escaped during the night and curled up in someone's bed; it was the stuff of nightmares. Despite those moments of terror, snakes still fascinate me with their muscular bodies, their ability to eat things 10 times their size, their powerful fangs. If snakes mesmerize you too, head to the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place in McKinney, to see the exhibit Rat Snakes to Rattlers: Live Texas Snakes, a display of more than 50 types of native snakes, including rattlesnakes, racers and water snakes. A kickoff party on Saturday will feature loads of viper-related activities for adults and kiddos. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12. Visit heardmuseum.org.
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