Enjoy Free Admission to Reptile and Amphibian Day
Come face-to-face with reptiles and amphibians at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences March 17
A female green anole with molting skin basks in the North Carolina sun on a porch.
Photo by Eric Krouse/Shutterstock
Want to know more about the reptiles and amphibians found in North Carolina? From five-lined skinks to green anoles, did you know there are 14 different species of lizard found here? Eleven of which are native to the state, and three that are not.
Find out more when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts its 24th annual Reptile & Amphibian Day, Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This FREE event is the largest of its kind in the country and offers a rare opportunity for visitors to come face-to-face with reptiles and amphibians from North Carolina and around the world!
Visitors can enjoy presentations in the Daily Planet Theater including “Lizards of the World” from museum herpetologist Bryan Stuart, “Lizards of North Carolina” from the museum collections manager, Jeff Beane, and “Green Iguanas” from iguana rescuer Reagan Morris. Take a safe peek at the world’s two species of venomous lizards — the Mexican beaded lizard and the Gila monster (whose venom is about as toxic as that of a western diamondback rattlesnake) — and learn how Gila monster venom is being used in experimental drugs for treating people with diabetes. Or meet some giant (live) snakes and see how they compare to “Titanoboa” — the largest snake that ever lived.
Want to see how snakes, salamanders, frogs and the venomous Gila monster eat? Live feeding demonstrations happen throughout the day. Explore real “dragons” found in nature and discover the similarities they share with the mythological creatures. You can also overcome your fears by touching your first snake with the guidance of experienced keepers. Or learn how to safely identify the different species of snake in North Carolina, and even how to attract them to your backyard.
All floors of the museum will offer dozens of guest exhibitors and herpetology experts, live reptiles and amphibians (including lizards, crocodilians, frogs and toads, snakes and salamanders, turtles and tortoises), and information on topics ranging from conservation efforts to veterinary care. Kids can enjoy making take-home crafts, perusing the Pollywog Playspace (with activities “perfect for young tadpoles”) and more.