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Reptile and Amphibian Day

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm

Reptile & Amphibian Day: March 17, 2018

Come out to the Museum to celebrate the twenty-fourth annual Reptile and Amphibian Day, the nation’s largest and most popular event dedicated to hopping, slithering, crawling critters! This year’s theme is LIZARDS!

There will be presentations in the Daily Planet Theater and the Windows on the World stage throughout the day, as well as dozens of exhibits featuring live animals, crafts and activities! This event is perfect for all ages — from the youngest tadpoles to the oldest tortoises.


JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM!

Get special scaly perks, just for members:

  • Private animal feedings at 10:30am and 3:00pm in Windows on the World
  • 50% discount on turtle brownies in the Cafés
  • Free drawing for reptile- and amphibian-themed prizes

PRESENTATIONS

SECU DAILY PLANET THEATER – FIRST, SECOND & THIRD FLOORS, NATURE RESEARCH CENTER

10:30am: Lizards of the World!
Dr. Bryan L. Stuart, Curator of Herpetology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Explore the diversity of the world’s living lizards.

11:30am: Green Iguanas
Reagan Morris / Rescuer
Triangle Iguana Rescue
Green Iguanas are one of many species of lizards. Come learn about the majestic giants of the trees.

1:30pm: Lizards of North Carolina: An Overview
Jeffrey C. Beane, Collection Manager for Herpetology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
This presentation will provide an overview of identification, natural history, and distribution for North Carolina’s 11 native and three introduced lizard species.

2:30pm: Live Lizard Feeding
Nick Allen, Curator, Terrestrial Exhibits
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Watch a live Gila monster eat and learn about the different strategies Gila monsters use to capture and consume their prey!

3:30pm: Citizen Science: Science YOU Can Do
Christine L. Goforth, Head, Citizen Science & Gabriela M. Hogue, Collections Manager, Ichthyology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Join us and learn what citizen science is, why it’s important, and how you can get involved in the many projects hosted by your very own Museum!

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD – THIRD FLOOR, NATURE EXPLORATION CENTER

10:30am: Members-only Animal Program
Adrian Yirka, Head of Program Animals
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Live animal feeding presented by Museum staff.

11:30am: Differences Between Salamanders and Lizards
Megan Davis
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
That’s no lizard! Sometimes salamanders get called lizards, but they are actually amphibians! Learn about these amazing creatures and how to tell the difference between them and their reptilian friend, the lizard!

1:00pm: Storytime: The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball
Megan Davis
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
“Wandering from her tent late one summer’s night, Sara finds an invitation she just can’t resist! She watches the grand ball from safely behind a tree until suddenly she is discovered….” Come find out how the story ends and meet a live salamander!

2:00pm: Differences Between Salamanders and Lizards
Megan Davis
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
That’s no lizard! Sometimes salamanders get called lizards, but they are actually amphibians! Learn about these amazing creatures and how to tell the difference between them and their reptilian friend, the lizard!

3:00pm: Members-only Animal Program
Adrian Yirka, Head of Program Animals
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Live animal feeding presented by Museum staff.

4:00pm: In Cold Blood: Reptile Veterinary Care
Dr. Victoria Bender
Avian and Exotic Animal Care
Learn what it is like to treat these unique animals.


STATIONS

FIRST FLOOR, NATURE EXPLORATION CENTER

North Carolina Zoo Conservation
North Carolina Zoo
The North Carolina Zoo will be highlighting their conservation and research efforts for reptiles and amphibians. Topics will include gopher frogs, a Pine Barrens tree frog telemetry study, hellbender conservation, and more.

Herp Shop
NC Herpetological Society
Herp Shop will be selling T-shirts, books, tote bags, and magnets. All proceeds support the NC Herpetological Society’s conservation, educational, and research grants projects.

Baby black rat snake

My First Snake
NC Herpetological Society
This is a hands-on exhibit of captive snakes that people can observe closely and touch if they choose.  Experienced keepers can answer questions about these specimens, herp husbandry and NC herps in general.

Sea Turtle Exploration
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Find out what happens when sea turtles are “cold-shocked” and how the veterinarians at the Museum helped rehabilitate seven cold-shocked sea turtles.

The Traveling Tortoise
The Traveling Tortoise
The Traveling Tortoise is a mobile science program dedicated to the fascinating world of herpetology (reptiles and amphibians). Students of all ages will have an unforgettable experience interacting with and learning about creatures from around the world.

North Carolina Natives
NC Herpetological Society
See and learn about a large variety of native North Carolina reptiles and amphibians! They will have snakes available that you can touch.

Learn to be a Turtle Trekker!
Piedmont Wildlife Center
Learn how to become a citizen scientist by getting involved with their Turtle Trekker program! Observe differences between turtles and terrapins and meet some of their reptile ambassadors!

Project Simus
NC Herpetological Society
Project Simus is an initiative of the North Carolina Herpetological Society that focuses primarily on the southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus), but also studies other Sandhills area reptiles and flora and fauna associated with the longleaf pine ecosystem. Stop by to learn about this important project.

NCHS Youth Branch
NC Herpetological Society
The NC Herpetological Society’s Youth Branch booth showcases the awesome opportunities they offer for second through 12th graders interested in all things reptile and amphibian. For those interested in joining, contact youthcommittee@ncherps.org.

Project Bog Turtle
NC Herpetological Society
Project Bog Turtle is a conservation initiative of the North Carolina Herpetological Society. The goal of the project is preservation of the critically endangered bog turtle and its habitats in North Carolina and surrounding states. Visit the booth to learn more and to find out how you can help.

NCHS Membership
NC Herpetological Society
Discover what the NC Herpetological Society (NCHS) is all about — who they are, what they do and some of the projects and initiatives they use to accomplish their goal of conservation — and consider becoming a member today.

Find the Copperhead
NC Herpetological Society
Test your snake ID skills as you try to Find the Copperhead! Learn more about this local venomous snake and see a live one up close.

Paint Face Transformation
Paint Savvy
Paint Savvy has partnered with the Museum for 8 years. They use locally sourced talented artists and are very excited to both support and serve “our most amazing area Museum” with the transformational art of face and body painting.

Pine Barrens Treefrog by Melissa Dowland

Phenomenal Frogs!
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Why do frogs croak? What makes their tongues so sticky? And is there really such a thing as a frog so big that it eats rodents? Find out the answers to these questions and more at the Museum’s live frog table!

NC State Herpetology Club
NC State Herpetology Club
Club members will be talking about native North Carolina snakes while also leading an activity creating a large paper snake. Museum visitors can draw patterns or write something they learned on a slip of paper to add to the snake, making him grow longer throughout the day.

Friends Membership Table
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Show your member ID card and receive a Reptile & Amphibian Day VIP badge (while supplies last) and prize giveaways. Enter into a drawing for the chance to win a special prize!


SECOND FLOOR, NATURE EXPLORATION CENTER

Green Iguanas
Triangle Iguana Rescue
Green iguanas are an exotic and majestic creature but are tropical animals that have very specific care requirements. Enjoy seeing these prehistoric-looking creatures up close while learning interesting and fun facts about them.

T-Shirts
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Commemorate your time at Reptile and Amphibian Day with an amazing Carolina Anole T-shirt designed by a Museum graphic designer!

 


THIRD FLOOR, NATURE EXPLORATION CENTER

The Reptile and Amphibian Vets
Avian & Exotic Animal Care
Meet the doctors and staff from North Carolina’s first all-exotic veterinary practice, and visit with a few of their cold-blooded patients.

Inviting Reptiles and Amphibians into Your Backyard
NC Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Come visit this exhibit to see live animals and learn more about how to make your backyard inviting to reptiles and amphibians. Knowledgeable staff will answer all your questions about anything that hops, slithers and slinks!

Pollywog Playspace
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
A space with games and activities perfect for “tadpoles”! We will have storytime featuring reptiles and amphibians in the Blue Classroom at 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Giant Snakes
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Hollywood thinks giant snakes are bloodthirsty killers but what does science say? Meet some real giant snakes and see how big you are compared to “Titanoboa,” the largest snake that has ever lived!

Venomous Lizards
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
This exhibit features information and live individuals of the world’s two living venomous lizards, the Gila monster and beaded lizard.

Gila monster at Reptile and Amphibian Day 2016.

Herp Watermedia Painting Demo
Stacy Lewis
Stacy will be creating some of her fun and colorful watermedia paintings of reptiles and amphibians as well as selling some completed pieces.

Herp Biodiversity
Biodiversity Initiative at East Carolina University
Come see a sampling of reptile and amphibian diversity and learn about the important role that biodiversity plays in the environment.


FOURTH FLOOR, NATURE EXPLORATION CENTER

Aquatic Turtle Adaptations
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Discover some of the amazing adaptations from different species of aquatic turtles.

Wetlands Are Important
Carolina Wetlands Association
Wetlands are extremely important to amphibian and reptile diversity in the Carolinas and beyond. Wetland experts will be on hand to show some of the species that depend on wetlands, and to answer questions.

James Madison University Herpetology
James Madison University
This station will showcase posters that present undergraduate student research in herpetology at James Madison University.

City Nature Challenge
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
We’re competing against over 60 other cities worldwide to see who can document the most plants, animals, and fungi from April 27-30, 2018. Learn how YOU can help us show the world just how amazing North Carolina is!

Dragonfly Detectives
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Learn about the work being done by North Carolina’s youth citizen scientists that helps scientists understand dragonflies better!

Alligators in Herpetology collections. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

CitSciScribe
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
CitSciScribe is an online citizen science project that gives everyone a chance to help the Museum digitize our research collections and make the information publicly available worldwide. Stop by to learn how to participate in this free online project and see some specimens from the collections featured in CitSciScribe!


FIRST FLOOR, NATURE RESEARCH CENTER

Explore the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, North Carolina’s State Trail!
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Learn about the 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the trail that winds from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. The trail is easily accessible right here in the Triangle — go spend an afternoon, weekend, or several months seeing the best that North Carolina has to offer.

Green Tree Pythons by Kimberly Burge
Southern Chondros
Southern Chondros will have green tree pythons on display ranging in age from yearling to adult. They will discuss captive breeding of this species, general husbandry, ontogenetic color change, and anything else related to this beautiful species.

Children at Reptile and Amphibian Day checking out Green Tree Pythons

Lizard Craft
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Ocean Reptiles: Sea Turtles and Marine Iguanas
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Videos and displays about sea turtles and marine iguanas and the sensory world in which they live.

CoCoRaHS
State Climate Office of NC
Want to learn how to collect rain and snow measurements from your backyard for citizen science? Stop by the NC State Climate Office’s booth to learn more about CoCoRaHS!


SECOND FLOOR, NATURE RESEARCH CENTER

Life in the Dark: Terrific Troglobites
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Enter the cave of the troglobites and use all your senses to discover the cave’s wonders and secrets.

Crocodile Education Station
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Learn about the diversity of crocodilians around the world.

Trees: A Habitat for Lizards
We Plant It Forward
Tree seedling giveaway. Come get your free tree seedling to plant on your property and create natural habitat for animals.

The Lizards is Calling
Girl Scouts: North Carolina Coastal Pines
The lizards are calling and so are Girl Scouts. Come by and do a fun craft and get some free Girl Scout Swag.


THIRD FLOOR, NATURE RESEARCH CENTER

Testing for Chytrid Fungus
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab
Chytridiomycosis (“Chytrid” for short) is an amphibian disease caused by a family of fungi found around the world, including here in North Carolina. Learn how scientists test animals for this infection by looking for Chytrid DNA.

Citizen Science: Skin Microbiome
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab
This station will provide more information about our skin microbiome research projects in humans and other animals. Come find out how you can become more involved in science!

Citizen Science: Food Microbiome
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab
Learn about our cheese microbiome and fermented food research projects. Come find out how you can get involved in science!

Citizen Science: Primate Immunity
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab
Find out about our rhesus macaque immunity project to categorize blood images to better understand monkey health and behavior. Come learn how you can get involved in this exciting new project!

Details

Details

Date:
March 17
Times:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
Phone:
919.707.9800

Organizer

Miranda Dowdy
919.707.9885