Reptile Gardens curator asked to unravel Taylor Swift mystery

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - What do Taylor Swift and Reptile Gardens have in common? Apparently an interest in snakes.

After several days of teases from the pop superstar, she announced her new album, "Reputation", will be released in November.

So, what does that have to do with Reptile Gardens? Swift sent her army of "Swifties" into a frenzy by releasing online snippets of a slithery snake.

That's why Billboard Magazine, seeking clues about what Swift was up to, contacted Terry Phillip of Reptile Gardens to find out what kind of snake Swift unleashed.

The snake is called an African hairy bush viper.

"It has the potential to be a fatal bite. It can cause a lot of hemorrhages in your body," Phillip said. "If you start hemorrhaging internally you can bleed out of the holes you have... your nose, your ears, your eyes, and other places. It's a very damaging venom."

Phillip says he is not sure what the meaning of the snake has in relation to the album, but he's ready to be left alone so he can get back to work.

"Reputation" will be released Nov. 10, with its first single set to drop Thursday.