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Museum highlights Year of the Turtle at Reptile and Amphibian Day

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Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org
919.733.7450, x305

RALEIGH ― Hop, slither or crawl to downtown Raleigh for the 18th annual Reptile and Amphibian Day, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Saturday, March 12 from 9 am to 5 pm. Free.

This year’s theme is “Conservation: Endangered and Threatened,” featuring the Year of the Turtle and highlighting species ranging from the common box turtle to now extinct fossil turtles, paying special attention to those species “in the middle” — endangered and threatened sea turtles and softshells. The event also showcases an amazing array of live reptiles and amphibians from North Carolina and around the world, including sea turtles, green tree pythons, anacondas, rattlesnakes, salamanders, poison dart frogs, iguanas and crested geckos.

You can also take in presentations from scientists representing the Museum, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Zoo and more, and covering conservation issues concerning sea turtles off the Carolina coast or bog turtles in your back yard, as well as the Puerto Rican crested toad and New York timber rattlers. Or learn tips and tricks for taking care of your own reptile and amphibian pets. Kids can make their own decorative snake bracelet and see if they can jump as far as a frog. And don’t miss the snake feeding demo at 1:00 and 3:45 pm.

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. A special Herp Shop 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, x502 or 523.

Additionally, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, the Museum’s outdoor education facility in west Raleigh, is hosting a Reptile and Amphibian Roundup from 3 to 4 pm, where visitors can join a naturalist in the search for cool (blooded) critters, especially turtles. For information or to register for this free educational program, contact Cathy Fergen at 919.733.7450 x671 or cathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org. For directions, visit naturalsciences.org/visitor-info