Snake Conservation Area Moving to Shawnee

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- A new snake conservation area will soon be located near 47th & Anderson in western Shawnee. Neighbors who live in a nearby subdivision aren't too excited about the animals moving to their area.

There are more than 300 homes in the subdivision. Homeowners say they were surprised to learn that 40 acres of park land had been sold for $5,000 in January, 2012. Leawood developer David Flick plans to turn the neighborhood park into a conservation area that includes a snake habitat.

Flick lists the endangered snakes will be small, harmless and non-venomous. Neighbors still don't want a snake reserve in their backyard.

"I'm not going to move because someone say they're going to do something," said homeowner Karen Espey. "I will fight it with whatever means I can."

Neighbors will continue to try and figure out their next move. FOX 4 tried to reach the developer, David Flick for a comment but he didn't respond.

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