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 William Edward “Bill” Haast

William Edward “Bill” Haast

Birth
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Death 15 Jun 2011 (aged 100)
Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 71538628 · View Source
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Bill Haast died Wednesday, he was 100. Haast remained director of Miami Serpentarium Laboratories near Punta Gorda until his death.

The original Miami Serpentarium, located south of Miami, was in operation from 1947 to 1984. Guests would pay admission to watch Haast extract venom from snakes. Haast, a pioneer in extracting large quantities of venom for research, began the practice when he was a boy.

Soon after opening the Serpentarium, Haast began injecting himself with different types of cobra venom in order to develop immunity.

William E. Haast was born on Dec. 30, 1910, in Paterson, N.J. He caught his first garter snake at 7 at a nearby canal. His first serious snake bite came at age 12, when he was bitten by a timber rattlesnake at Boy Scout camp. The same year, a copperhead's bite put him in the hospital for a week. When young Bill brought his first poisonous snake home to the family apartment, his mother left home for three days, he said. She finally agreed to let him keep a snake or two in cages.


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  • Created by: James Myers
  • Added: 17 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71538628
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward “Bill” Haast (30 Dec 1910–15 Jun 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71538628, ; Maintained by James Myers (contributor 46934144) Unknown.