Live reptiles heading to musuem

Blake Buechlein will share is knowledge about reptiles with visitors to the Dubois County Museum on Sunday, Dec. 16.

JASPER — The Dubois County Museum will welcome Blake Buechlein of the Jasper Reptile Center at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. He will bring live reptiles, including alligators, and his collection of snakes, lizards and turtles.

Buechlein started the Jasper Reptile Center back in 2001 and it is primarily a reptile rescue. He takes in unwanted reptile pets and removes wild reptiles from people’s homes. He funds the rescue by doing the reptile shows and selling reptile supplies.

Some years ago an alligator was discovered in the Patoka River by some fishermen. Buechlein was called and immediately tracked down the gentleman for the location. After a couple of weeks of unsuccessful attempts to catch it, he finally got his chance to get close enough to net it out of the water. Over the years he has heard several stories as to how it got there. The one he believes is that someone brought it back from Florida and decided they didn’t want it anymore so they turned it loose in the river one day while on a fishing trip. This alligator has recently passed away. Buechlein will be bringing other alligators that he has in his center.

There are several ways people can contact Buechlein. Contact Buechlein at, his Facebook page (Jasper Reptile Center) or 812-309-1663

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.



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