Louisville Magazine

SEP 2016

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.16 27 ywcfashionshow.com OCTOBER 22, 2016 MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN WHY LOUISVILLE? "I started doing things normal teenagers do, and my parents didn't know what to do with me," Will Bird says. "When I started bringing home snakes, they said, 'Yeah, this is good. This keeps you out of trouble.'" Bird, who works with snakes at the Louisville Zoo, is co-founder of the Kentucky Herpetological Society, which has him and his partner, Phil Peak, cataloging snakes throughout the state (pictured, from top: mud, rough green, red milk, cottonmouth). "We found the first northern pine snake in the Mammoth Cave region since 1969," Bird says. "We've been bitten thousands of times, but neither of us has ever been bitten by a venomous snake," he adds. "It doesn't hurt. It's not bothersome at all." He says snakes will spray "this horrible-smelling, horrible-tasting predator deterrent over whatever's trying to hurt them. Honestly, I would rather take a bite. The musk kind of stays with you all day." — Jenny Kiefer

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