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Reptile and Amphibian Day

  • Saturday, March 12, 2016
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm

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

Pine Barrens Treefrog by Melissa Dowland


SECU Daily Planet Theater: NRC Floors 1, 2 & 3

11:30am Frogs of the World!       
Dr. Bryan L. Stuart, Curator of Herpetology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Dr. Stuart will provide an overview of the world’s tremendous diversity of frogs, including some of his discoveries of new species in Southeast Asia.

12:30pm The Gopher Frog in North Carolina: Current Status and Measures to Conserve It             
Nathan Shephard, Wildlife Diversity Technician
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Carolina gopher frogs (Rana capito) are longleaf ecosystem specialists that have declined at a heavy rate due to habitat destruction and fire suppression. This talk will focus on projects that are attempting to conserve these frogs in North Carolina.

1:30pm Freaky Frogs: Flaps, Fangs, Claws, and Other Weirdness              
Dr. David McLeod           
James Madison University
It might not be easy being green, but it surely isn’t easy to be a brown frog with fangs either. Kermit has nothing on frogs that fly, frogs that scream, and gladiator frogs that will battle it out with bizarre weapons.

2:30pm Tracking a Newly Discovered Fungal Pathogen of Salamanders in North Carolina
Dr. Bryan L. Stuart, Curator of Herpetology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
In 2013, a new species of fungal pathogen was discovered that was associated with population die-offs of salamanders in Europe. Recent research has identified Asian newts, popular in the global pet trade, as the probable source of this pathogen. Dr. Stuart will review what is known about the salamander fungal pathogen and what steps are being taken to prevent its introduction into wild salamander populations in North Carolina.

3:30pm Coral Snake Mimicry: Is that Snake Really Dangerous?   
Dr. David Pfennig, Professor of Biology              
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mimicry occurs when a species that can be eaten by predators (the “mimic”) evolves to resemble another species that predators avoid (the “model”). Mimicry has long been used to illustrate the power of natural selection in promoting remarkable adaptation, and mimicry of deadly coral snakes by nonvenomous snakes is one of the clearest examples of this phenomenon.

Windows on the World: NEC Floor 3

11:00am Frog Feeding
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Museum staff will be there to guide you through the process of frog feedings, and show you some awesome adaptations frogs have for eating!

12:00pm Pet Frog Veterinary Care             
Dr. Dan Johnson
Avian and Exotic Animal Care
Will outline the common diseases that exotic veterinarians see in pet frogs, and how we diagnose, treat and prevent them. Live frog demonstration followed by question and answer session.

1:00pm Frog Feeding
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Museum staff will be there to guide you through the process of frog feedings, and show you some awesome adaptations frogs have for eating!



NEC Floor 1

Molly’s Turtle Soap 
Raleigh Aquatic Turtle Adoption 
Molly’s Turtle Soap will once again be fundraising for the Museum! All proceeds raised at Reptile and Amphibian Day will be donated to the Friends of the Museum.

Project Simus  
North Carolina Herpetological Society   
Project Simus is an initiative of the North Carolina Herpetological Society (NCHS) which 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 and speak with Jeff Beane about this important project today!

Project Bog Turtle   
North Carolina Herpetological Society 
Project Bog Turtle is a conservation initiative of the NC 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   
North Carolina Herpetological Society
Discover what the NC Herpetological Society is all about — who we are, what we do, and some of the projects and initiatives NCHS uses to accomplish its goal of conservation — and consider becoming a member today!

NCHS Youth Branch 
North Carolina Herpetological Society
The NC Herpetological Society’s Youth Branch booth showcases the awesome opportunities we offer for 2nd through 12th graders interested in all things reptile and amphibian. For those interested in joining, contact youthcommittee@ncherps.org.

North Carolina Natives 
North Carolina Herpetological Society  
See and learn about a large variety of native North Carolina reptiles and amphibians! We will have snakes available for touching.

Find the Copperhead 
North Carolina 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.

Smoky Mountain Salamander Science
Great Smoky Mountains National Park  
Did you know that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known as the Salamander Capitol of the World?  Join a ranger to learn how and why park visitors are helping us collect data on salamanders in the park.

Giant Snakes!   
Dan Liebel Reptiles  
The world’s two largest species of snake to be seen up-close and personal!

My First Snake
North Carolina Herpetological Society      
NCHS will have live snakes that people can view up close, touch and even help hold, if they wish.  Exhibitors will answer questions about snake husbandry, habits, and so on.

Herp Shop   
North Carolina Herpetological Society
All sales support the NC Herpetological Society. See their custom Hellbenders Rock, Project Simus and Project Bog Turtle T-shirts.

Medicine and Rehabilitation for Injured Wild Turtles   
NCSU Turtle Rescue Team       
NC State’s Turtle Rescue Team is a veterinary-student-run organization that provides medical care for injured wild turtles native to North Carolina.

Face Painting  
Paint Savvy     
Paint Savvy will offer face painting for all ages ranging from $5-10.

Frog Conservation at the North Carolina Zoo 
North Carolina Zoo     
Our exhibit will focus primarily on the frog conservation programs in which the North Carolina Zoo participates. Focus species will include: Pine Barrens treefrogs, Puerto Rican crested toads and Carolina gopher frogs.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences  
Learn all about our theme “herp”! Frogs come in all shapes and sizes, and have amazing adaptations!

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.

NEC Floor 2

Why Frogs?
Durham Academy Herpetology Club    
Visitors! You are invited to sign your name, draw a picture, or write on a banner about why you think that frogs are worth saving. If you are comfortable in front of a camera, they may interview you further about why you want to save the frogs. Release forms for the interviews will be provided to sign at the booth.

Turtles and Salamanders 
Bob Palmatier Environmental Books     
For over 2 ½ decades, Bob Palmatier has done field research involving NC Native reptiles and amphibians.For 15 years, these studies motivated his elementary school classroom and science lab; Since retirement, the research continues, but the stories he has found in nature have become the themes of children’s books he writes and illustrates.

Green Iguanas 
Triangle Iguana Rescue 
Triangle Iguana Rescue will educate you about the species and care of green iguanas.

Museum T-Shirt Sales
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Make sure you pick up an event shirt featuring our theme frog, the Pine Barrens treefrog!

NEC Floor 3

Inviting Reptiles and Amphibians into Your Backyard
NC Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and NC Wildlife Resources Commission  
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! While here, be sure to pick up a free button and sticker to take with you. Their staff are “hopping” to see you at this exhibit!

Jordan’s Salamander 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences   
Get to know Jordan’s salamander and learn about the conservation issues faced by this and other salamander species in NC.

Rainbow of Rat Snakes 
Reedy Creek Wildlife Club   
The rat snakes (including the pet favorite corn snake) come in a variety of colors across species and geographical lines that nearly complete the rainbow.  Live native North Carolina and United States species will be on display and available to touch.

Davidson Herpetology 
Come visit the Davidson Herpetology table to interact with native reptiles and amphibians! Volunteers will also discuss previous and ongoing research projects, including projects involving diamondback terrapins, invasive Burmese pythons, and spotted salamanders!

The Exotic Pet Vets
Avian and Exotic Animal Care    
Established in 1996, Avian and Exotic Animal Care is North Carolina’s first veterinary practice devoted exclusively to pet reptiles, amphibians, birds, small exotic mammals, and fish.

Watermedia painting demonstration   
Stacy Lewis Studio   
Stacy Lewis will be creating some of her original watermedia paintings.

Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards  
NC Museum of Natural Sciences  
Meet the world’s two living species of venomous lizards!

Fossil Herps 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences    
Learn about the “herps” of the past!

Pollywog Playspace  
NC Museum of Natural Sciences  
A space with games and activities perfect for tadpoles! We will have storytime in the Blue Classroom at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm featuring reptiles and amphibians!

Tin Turtles  
NC Museum of Natural Sciences  
Find this craft in our Pollywog Playspace. Kids can build their own turtle shell to wear around the event!

NEC Floor 4

Experiences in Herpetology   
Herpetology Club at NC State    
The NC State Herpetology Club will be promoting knowledge of reptiles and amphibians, especially (but not limited to) those found in the Southeast United States.  They will also be talking about their own experiences in the club and highlighting some of the most memorable “herps” they have come across.

The Turtle Connection   
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Why Wetlands are Important 
Carolina Wetlands Association   
Wetlands are critical to supporting a large component of natural diversity, and their functions are essential to a strong economy, healthy environment, and recreational  opportunities.

Discovering HERPS!  
The HERP Project  
Come discover the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians!

NRC Floor 1

The Traveling Tortoise

The Traveling Tortoise introduces North Carolina’s youth to the fascinating world of herpetology!

Frog Craft
NC Museum of Natural Sciences   

Slimy Salamanders! 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences  
Learn about the diversity of salamanders in North Carolina, and the importance of temporary pools.

Mountains-to-Sea Trail 
Friends of Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Come find out about the Mountains-to-Sea Trail – over 1,150 miles crossing the state from Clingman’s Dome to Jockey’s Ridge, and all points in between.

Southern Chondros
Kimberly Burge 
Captive born and bred green tree pythons from local breeder Kimberly Burge of Southern Chondros.  Come see these beautiful, small arboreal pythons that change colors as they age.

Snakes, Lizards and Turtles – Oh My!
Piedmont Wildlife Center

Holly Springs Salamanders Baseball
Come meet Sal!

NRC Floor 2

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

NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Check out these cool lizards and their adaptations!

Life in the Dark: Terrific Troglobites
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Did you know that there are some herps that live in caves their entire lives? How about snakes that hunt other cave-dwelling creatures? Check out this exhibit to take a trip through the dark, and come out with cool snake craft!






March 12, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Miranda Dowdy