BY KIRSTEN BARNHART
DHI Media Staff Writer
WERT – Sword swallowing, tattooing, collecting oddities and rescuing
reptiles are just a few of the things Daregeon “Snipe” Youngblood
New to Van Wert, Snipe came from Panama City, Florida, with 19 of her reptilian friends to seek new opportunities.
was gonna move to Colorado,” said Snipe. “I got offered a really good
job out there, but after hearing that Bradde (Hamman) needed someone to
run Open Minded and live above it – you can’t really beat that.”
has a passion for reptiles. She has around 19 different reptiles
ranging from ball pythons to a basilisk to iguanas to a crocodile
monitor and many more, almost all of which are rescued.
wanted a dog or a cat and I wanted an iguana,” said Snipe. “I always
caught lizards when I lived in Florida, and then I got to have one and I
just started collecting them.”
In Florida, whenever someone had a
lizard that needed help or rescued they knew who to call. Snipe
mentioned that she does have some of her rescues up for adoption to give
them a good home.
One of the only reptiles that Snipe purchased was her prized possession, her crocodile monitor.
came from New Guinea, they’ve only been bred in captivity successfully
three times,” said Snipe “Buying them captive bred is not an option,
normally I would say get everything captive bred, but this was the
She was put on a waiting list from a legal American
distributor, and after a year she found out that she was getting the
Aside from reptiles, Snipe enjoys tattooing. She has been tattooing for seven years.
never aimed to be a tattoo artists,” said Snipe. “I worked at Sonic and
the owner of a tattoo shop visited a lot with his kid. We would talk
about art and then one day he offered me an apprenticeship and I
figured, ‘why not?’”
From tattooing she learned about other activities in the industry.
went to Vegas during my apprenticeship and that was my introduction
into everything high-end in the industry,” said Snipe. “There was a show
there that had a couple of sword swallowers in it. I kind of just was
like ‘I’m gonna do that’.”
Sword swallowing was the first sideshow skill she learned which challenges the participant’s gag reflexes.
no glamor to it, you shove things down your throat till you stop
choking,” said Snipe. “Then you get brave and try a sword.”
mentioned that she has done sword swallowing all over the country and
even has been on stage showing off her skills while bands played their
instruments. She even stated she set a world record for her birthday
this year. Snipe and a friend of hers from Norway set a record by
swallowing a sword while suspended on a spinning beam.
“They told us to call our families,” chuckled Snipe. “Just in case.”
also enjoys collecting oddities. She has used some of her own reptiles
that have passed to make oddities, jarring them herself. She collects
skulls that she finds or orders online, often making art with them.
brings a wide variety of new traits to Van Wert and hopes to get
involved with the community and show off what she has to offer.