Snake Discovery Is a Minnesota YouTube Star’s Reptilian World

Like many of us, Emily Roberts saw some big plans for 2020 slither away. She has about 100 animals—mostly snakes, but besides lizards, turtles, and Rex, an american alligator. These creatures are depart of Roberts ’ Maplewood-based Snake Discovery, which provides educational reptile programs for audiences of all ages. Roberts launched Snake Discovery from her dwelling in the summer of 2015. To build up business, she began advertising and set up a YouTube groove. It quickly grew need for in-person demonstrations featuring a 7-foot-long boa constrictor named Doug. There ’ south besides a barbed softshell capsize named Taco, along with other fascinating animals Roberts would bring out to scout meetings, birthdays, schools, and libraries. When the coronavirus fall upon, she had to cancel all educational programs, totaling over 150 events scheduled throughout the summer of 2020.

But Snake Discovery ’ s YouTube viewership has spiked—apparently due to quarantine, with Roberts viewing her channel as a home-school resource. To date, the channel has surpassed 2 million subscribers, and its videos have netted about 400 million views. Her most popular, “ Incubating Bullsnake Eggs-My Worst Experience Ever, ” has been viewed 26 million times since she posted it in 2018 .Emily Roberts, owner of Snake Discovery supplier Roberts ’ beloved of animals led her to the University of Minnesota, where she earned a academic degree in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biota in 2012. While at school, she was an avian nursery intern at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, and late became an interpretative naturalist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This function sparked her sexual love of wildlife education and prompted her and husband Ed to open Snake Discovery. One of Roberts ’ darling early memories is watching her first clutch bag of bullsnakes hatch. “ It was exhilarating, ” she says. “ Knowing that we ‘ produced ’ life hush blows my mind. ” But the early on days had their challenges. Her very first gear hydra died prematurely. “ We hadn ’ t done as much inquiry as we should have, ” she says. “ We didn ’ thymine leverage a thermostat to regulate her heat element ’ mho temperature. It overheated and, sadly, killed her. We realized there is always more to learn, even if you think you ’ ve got it all. ” With Ed behind the television camera, Roberts ’ YouTube channel showcases her and her animals ’ daily lives, and videos run the gamut, from “ Playing Tic Tac Toe with our exotic Pets ! ” ( featuring fish, snakes, and a parrot ) and “ How to Turn your Reptile ’ second Shed Skin into Jewelry ! ” to “ When and How to Euthanize a Snake ” and general animal care. Rex is one of the channel ’ second stars. Before the Robertses took her in, Rex was kept as a pet. unfortunately, her former owners housed her in a humble corner, which stunted her growth and caused several health conditions. Another oft-featured animal is closely Headless Nick, who besides came to Roberts under inauspicious circumstances. The garter snake had a quarrel with a lawnmower that required facial operation. nick lost both eyes but lived an otherwise goodly life for two more years in captivity—much longer than he would have in the wilderness. Rex presently lives in a renovate bedroom in Roberts ’ home but will soon enjoy her own broad and specifically designed exhibit. The YouTube success has meant Snake Discovery has built a facility near Maplewood Nature Center, featuring alive animal displays, a breed center, and educational party experiences. ( For now, all hands-on programs are on oblige due to COVID-19. )

In the meanwhile, Roberts is working on a series of educational, reptile-related coloring books, and tending to recently hatched snakes. “ My husband and I never would have imagined we ’ five hundred be able to pursue our dream jobs like this, ” she says. Find Snake Discovery on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and at

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For people looking to follow in her footsteps, Roberts has wisdom to share : “ Working in the animal field is a very competitive game. To snatch a position that pays a livable wage as an adult, know is a must ! Start networking angstrom soon as possible by volunteering at businesses or organizations that relate to your passion. many menagerie, nature centers, etc., require a biology or animal skill ( of sorts ) degree angstrom well as previous experience. Starting your own business that relates to animals is even more unmanageable, but however possible ! You need to be very drive and plan on spend at least a match of years building your reputation. If you plan on starting your own business, I recommend not quitting your day caper until it has taken off good adequate to make a livable engage. ” For those interested in reptiles : “ I highly recommend joining the Minnesota Herpetological Society. This reptile golf club meets once monthly in St. Paul and is a fantastic source of information for all levels of feel. Meetings are free to attend, and rescued reptiles are available for adoption ! ”