snakeIn 1853 a tortoise carapas specimen arrived in San Francisco from the Galapagos.Since then the herpetology (reptiles and amphibians) collection at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park has grown exponentially to one of the world’s largest with over 300,000 specimens from frogs to snakes from 166 countries. By appointment only. And if you are intrigued enough and inclined to, say, buy a pet boa constrictor, you can do your shopping at the Vivarium in Berkeley.

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