Friday, November 13, 2015

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

With almost 20 live species on display at The Academy of Natural Sciences' special exhibit "Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly", visitors have a chance to experience some of the world's most amazing creatures first hand.  Daily Vacationer absolutely loved this exhibit!  We managed to check off our list animals we've always wanted to see in person like the Chameleon and Gila Monster.  Each reptile on display boasts its own "wow-factor" from the unique way it gets around and hides to how it kills and eats.

As always with special exhibits at the Academy, Reptiles is a hands on learning experience with interactive facts and lots of things to touch on the Curiosity Cart.  Check out the schedule for talks with the Keepers and feeding demonstrations as well.  We're big fans of the massive Alligator Snapping Turtle, so seeing that big guy eating his lunch during our visit was a treat for him and us.  Another of our favorite parts was using some old-school technology to see how certain reptiles get around and learning once and for all what the difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile is.  Another thing that we really enjoyed about the set up was that half of the exhibit was entirely "snake free".  So for those of you interested in a seeing the turtles, lizards, and crocs, but have a small or large case of Ophidiophobia, you can still enjoy this awesome exhibit without fear.  However, those of you looking for snakes will be blown away by the variety and the crazy facts about these unique creatures (did you know you can "milk" a viper??).
Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly will only be at The Academy of Natural Sciences until January 10, so do not miss out on your chance to experience this amazing collection of species (save when you purchase tickets online):

Soft-shell Turtle
Snapping Turtle
Side-neck Turtle
Veiled chameleon
Frilled leaf-tailed geckos
Gila Monsters
Monitor Lizards 
Green Tree Python
Mangrove Snake 
Monocled Cobra
Gaboon Viper
Tri-color Milk Snake 
Diamond-back Rattlesnake
Reticulated Python

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