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Museum’s annual Reptile & Amphibian Day turns up the heat

RALEIGH— Hold your first snake or check out some of the first reptiles ever, 230-million-year-old fossilized creatures found in the quarries of nearby Chatham County, when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Reptile & Amphibian Day on Saturday, March 13 from 9 am to 5 pm. Free.

This year’s theme is “Hot Herps”— Museum parlance for venomous and poisonous reptiles and amphibians— and showcases an amazing array of live animals ranging from a Gila monster, the only venomous lizard native to the United States, to poison dart frogs from the New World Tropics, to venomous snakes from North Carolina and around the world.

Visitors can also get up close to non-venomous species from African rock pythons and green anacondas to squirrel treefrogs, veiled chameleons and bearded dragons. Learn how to keep your herp pet healthy from local vets and hear what’s being done about a recent but rising threat to amphibians worldwide, the chytrid fungus. Take in presentations on topics ranging from how snakes eat to how to treat snakebites. Kids can also enjoy story time with live animals or make their own herp buttons to take home.

The event is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Herpetological Society with additional support from Chick-fil-A and Pepsi. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside from the Museum’s Acro Café and outside from Chik-fil-A. A special Herp Shop also will also have a selection of T-shirts, posters and books on reptiles and amphibians for sale. The Museum is located in downtown Raleigh at 11 West Jones Street. Free street-side and lot parking is available. For more details on Reptile & Amphibian Day, please call (919) 733-7450, ext. 502 or 523.