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Cape Fear Serpentarium living reptile museum in Wilmington, North Carolina

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Rare Blackheaded Bushmasters Available


Now in its second edition!

At last
the ULTIMATE book on the ULTIMATE snake
is available in 9 x 12 inch hardcover!


(Genus Lachesis Daudin 1803)


Library of Congress Card Number 00192924.  ISBN  0-9705561-0-1.

The definitive guide to these great pitvipers by the world authority, Dean Ripa.  The result of 25 years of research. Every aspect of bushmaster life history is described.

585 pages with over 500 never-before published photos

You can purchase it now from the Bushmaster Book page.

The Cape Fear Serpentarium has the world's largest collection and breeding colony of  bushmasters, exceeding the combined total of all zoos and institutions on earth.

In 1993 Dean Ripa was the first breeder reproduce the Central American bushmaster (Lachesis stenophrys) and the blackhead bushmaster (Lachesis melanocephala) in captivity—the latter is probably the rarest venomous snake on earth. At Cape Fear Serpentarium this program continues, where you can see more bushmasters, and more kinds of bushmasters, than any place else in the world.

We are conservationists.  We believe in the right of people to interact with nature, and in the importance of propagating rare or endangered (and sometimes dangerous) species in a world where natural habitats are continuing to be destroyed at an unprecedented rate. Yet the technology of reproducing and saving wildlife is continually under attack by (1) Animal Rights activism lobbying our government under a smoke-screen of "protect the public" reactionism; and (2) a misguided and fraudulent "science" that plays into their hands.

Read about them in:

Degenerated Science

Check out the controversial "Degenerated Science" book which has so many government agencies squirming in their seats!  Click here to view

Learn the secret agenda of the nationwide movement that threatens to take away your right to own pet animals. View the shocking documentary film "Animal Righteousness: The Terror of Animal Rights"

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Written content may be quoted provided proper acknowledgement is given.