The Snake Man.

Snake Man

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St. Louis, Missouri

For over 40 years Charlie Hoessle was a beloved reptile man at the St. Louis Zoo, even hosting the Zoo's TV show in the early years of public television. The Zoo named its herpetarium (reptile house) after Charlie, and in 2005 unveiled in front of it a life-size statue of him, draped in a boa constrictor. Sculptor Stanley Bleifeld wisely did not give the snake a protruding tongue, which might poke out a child's eye or get snapped off by a careless tourist. The statue is designed to be a photo-op, and the snake's head has been rubbed shiny for good luck.

Snake Man

St. Louis Zoo

Address:
Wells Drive, St. Louis, MO
Directions:
St. Louis Zoo. South entrance to the zoo (Wells Drive). Once past the turnstiles veer right, cross the railroad tracks, stay right and go up a slight hill, following signs for Historic Hill and Herpetarium. The statue will be on the left, directly across from the Herpetarium building.
Hours:
Daily 8am - 7pm
RA Rates:
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