WEST VALLEY CITY -- A 52-year-old reptile expert and the hundreds of wild animals in his care have found a new home just as they are being ousted from a West Valley City house to make way for a transit project.
Jim Dix says he signed a lease Monday for a Salt Lake City property that was formerly a Mexican restaurant. He says he plans to move the menagerie on Thursday.
Dix operates Reptile Rescue Services and has about 500 abandoned or injured reptiles and mammals including rattlesnakes, boa constrictors, spiders, coyotes and iguanas.
Dix was facing down an Oct. 2 deadline to move from his rental house. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the home is the last of 45 houses to be demolished to make way for the Mountain View Corridor.