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Reptile Programs

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Available Programs:

Reptiles "For Goodness Snakes"
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Sea Turtles "Gentle Giants of Land & Sea"
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North Carolina Snakes
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World of Snakes
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Reptiles “For Goodness SNAKES”

See live reptiles including snakes, turtles and a lizard

Reptiles represent one of the oldest living species on the planet having existed in many different forms for millions of years.  Participants learn about types of reptiles, characteristics, diet, eggs, hatchlings, growth habits, adaptations and conservation measures.  Find out the differences between freshwater and terrestrial turtles, alligators and crocodiles, venomous and non-venomous snakes plus many more scaly facts.  Participants unroll a real 10 ft. African Rock Python skin!

An example of hands-on artifacts in this program includes:

Alligator skulls, snake skeleton, turtle carapaces, reptile eggs, snake shed, etc.   Confiscated items from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include 10 ft. Rock python skin, crocodile purse, cobra boot, and other items. 
 
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Pictured left to right: Participants see and touch a full array of reptile artifacts. A boy examines preserved reptile specimens in formaldehyde. A young child touches an Eastern Box Turtle.
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Sea Turtles “Gentle Giants of Land and Sea”

See live relatives of sea turtles including terrestrial and freshwater turtles.

Of more than 250 turtle species living today, the seven species of sea turtles pose the largest threat of becoming extinct in the near future.  Currently, all sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered.  In this program, participants learn how to identify sea turtles and understand how they are different from other turtles.  Topics of discussion include:  identification, life cycle, anatomy, diet, nesting, hatchling emergence, defense strategies, natural predators, man-induced problems and conservation efforts.  Participants can observe a life-size image of the largest turtle in the world, the Leatherback sea turtle and touch many turtle terrific items on display.

An example of hands on artifacts in this program includes:

 Please note: Sea turtle artifacts are protected by law and licensed to authorized science institutions.  On loan from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include sea turtle skulls, carapace, and items made from sea turtles.
 
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Pictured from left to right: Children witness the life size image of the largest turtle in the world, a Leatherback sea turtle. Boys examine the spine of a Green sea turtle carapace. Preserved sea turtle specimens are on display.
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North Carolina Snakes 

See live native ratsnakes and kingsnakes     

In this program, participants learn to identify non-venomous snakes such native ratsnakes and kingsnakes by their patterns and how to tell them apart from venomous ones such as rattlesnakes and the common Copperhead snake.  Find out the benefits of snakes and understand their behavior, diet, habitat and anatomy.  

An example of hands-on artifacts in this program includes: 

Snake eggs, snake skeleton, herpetologist equipment, snake sheds from a variety of snakes and preserved snake specimens.  See a preserved juvenile and adult venomous Copperhead.  
 
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Pictured from left to right: Girls examine preserved snake specimens, snake skeleton and snake sheds on display. This boy wears a snake shed around his neck. A young girl admires snake eggs.
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World of Snakes

See live snakes from Africa, North America and South America

As one of the most varied vertebrates on our planet, snakes are spread across every continent except Antarctica. Often misunderstood, this program teaches the benefits of snakes and their importance in human lives.  Topics for discussion include:  anatomy, diet, identification, feeding techniques, camouflage patterns, behaviors and information on what to do if you find a snake.  

An example of hands on artifacts in the program includes:

Herpetologist’s equipment for snake collecting, snake eggs, venomous snake skeleton, snake sheds, snake eye cap, preserved specimens including a Copperhead snake (adult and juvenile).  
 
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Pictured left to right: Snake eggs, skeletons, snake sheds and more on display for participants to touch. A child feels the muscles of a Red-tailed Boa Constrictor. Participants unroll a confiscated 10 ft. African Rock Python skin.
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To schedule a program call 704-436-9048 Email: woodswalk@carolina.rr.com