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Serpent Safari closes, reptiles move to new homes

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Serpent Safari at Gurnee Mills closed last week.

STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

Cousins, left to right, Kenyon Mussehl, Owen Mussehl, Amelia Mussehl, all of Verona, Wis., and Cassidy Petersen of Volo hold "Lemon Drop," an albino Burmese python inside Serpent Safari at Gurnee Mills in this photo taken in 2009.

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Bertha, the 250-pound Anaconda, gave birth to over 50 babies in 2004 at Serpent Safari at Gurnee Mills.

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Serpent Safari, which educated and entertained youngsters and adults alike for 15 years in Gurnee Mills, said it received an eviction notice that displaced dozens of reptiles and closed the business when it declined to move to another part of the mall. "We thought it was our permanent home there," said general manager Joan Singer.
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    • Serpent Safari at Gurnee Mills closed last week.
    • Cousins, left to right, Kenyon Mussehl, Owen Mussehl, Amelia Mussehl, all of Verona, Wis., and Cassidy Petersen of Volo hold “Lemon Drop,” an albino Burmese python inside Serpent Safari at Gurnee Mills in this photo taken in 2009.
    • Bertha, the 250-pound Anaconda, gave birth to over 50 babies in 2004 at Serpent Safari at Gurnee Mills.
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