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Marita De La Pena: The Deadly Tarantula Girl of Roswell

January 26, 2014 • Local News

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Don’t be surprised if you recognize her — she’s a woman of many hats.

Roswell resident Marita De La Pena belly dances. She keeps snakes. Sometimes, she belly dances with snakes.

She teaches special education at Sierra Middle School. She teaches dance at the AscenDance studio. She and her husband, J.D. Lorbiecke, have five children, a full-time job in itself.

Are you winded, yet? We’re just getting started.

De La Pena, 32, starts her day at 4:30 or 5 a.m. and takes an hour of “me time” before getting her husband and children up at 6 a.m.

She works at Sierra until 3:30 p.m., runs errands after work until about 5 p.m., eats a quick dinner, goes to the gym or to the dance studio, then ends her day working in the zoo until about 11 p.m.

De La Pena and Lorbiecke indeed own a zoo, where they house a variety of reptile and invertebrates, most of them tarantulas and snakes.

The couple shares a unique passion for animals. In addition to reptiles, De La Pena’s family has pet dogs and used to care for a goat.

“There’s a lot of beautiful stuff out there,” says De La Pena.

The zoo has a YouTube Login to read more

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