Reptiles. Whether they climb, swim, or slither, they are a fascinating group of animals that carry a hint of fascination. The Museum of Nature opened its newest exhibit, Reptiles: Beautiful and Deadly, to help find out some of the facts in a fun way about many animals of this animal species. This exhibit opened on October 7, 2016, and will run until April 8, 2017.
At Reptiles, visitors will be able to learn about these amazing animals in recreated habitats. The goal of this exhibit is for people to understand reptiles and their place in the animal kingdom. Visitors will be able to view animals such as geckos, giant tortoises, different types of turtles, a Gila monster, an American alligator, a python, and a rattlesnake and more. Visitors will also learn about fangs, skulls, shell, movement, milking a viper and the differences between an alligator and a crocodile. Finally, those who attend this exhibit will be able to view historic specimens from the museum’s national reptile collection, as well as various types of reptile specimens and a display case explaining the trade of endangered species.
From beginning to end, Reptiles is truly a learning experience for visitors of all ages. Interactive stations located throughout of the exhibit help visitors find out about different animals through their senses of sight, sound, and touch. My son and I loved seeing how the jaw of a snake works. My daughter had a blast finding out the differences between male and female turtles by the look and feel of their underbellies. There are also sound and trivia questions for visitors to try to aid in discovering more about reptiles.
What would a reptile exhibit be without having some live animals on hand? The Museum of Nature has 30 live animals representing 19 different species of reptiles. Reptiles was created by Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. From little to large animals, Reptiles has something for everyone to become enamoured with wanting to visit. My daughter fell in love with the turtle and tortoises in their enclosures. She was amazed how they moved and with their various sizes. My son could not decide which animal le liked best. The snakes were fun for him to watch move around their spaces. He also liked being able to see an alligator up close. I found fun in trying to find the chameleons as they blended into their home.
Planning on making a visit to Reptiles on the weekend? A handler will be on hand for two showings to bring some of the museum’s newest friends out for a meet and greet. They will be able to answer questions about the animals and may allow for a few individuals to touch them. My little guy was lucky enough to be able to reach out and touch a milk snake and a skink on our visit. It was all he could talk about for quite a few days.
Regardless of your age, there are so many things for visitors to do and see at Reptiles! The various interactive stations allowed us to discover some facts in a fun way about an array of different animals from all over the world. We were also able to be up close and personal to many animals we would never have thought we would ever encounter. Finally, we were able to find out some fun facts about these awesome creatures. We can’t wait to plan another visit to this exhibit!
Disclaimer: I was compensated with admission to Reptiles in order to write this review. The views I have shared with you are my own.