Live Captioning Information

  1. Throughout Reptile and Amphibian Days 2021, live captioning will be provided for all programs, with the exception of videos and movies.
  2. ASL interpreters are available upon request, please contact accessibility@naturalsciences.org at least 72 hours prior to the start of the program.
  3. Spanish captioning will be available on the NCMNS YouTube channel for all archived Reptile and Amphibian Days 2021 programs.

MONDAY March 8th

Snake specimens in jars on shelves

Dr. Bryan Stuart will share stories that highlight the importance of this invaluable collection of preserved natural history specimens of amphibians and reptiles, including the recent discovery of a new species of two-lined salamander.

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The head of a blue-tongued skink with its blue tongue sticking out

Join us to learn about different feeding strategies used by some of the reptiles and amphibians at the Museum!

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A copperhead on bricks

We share our homes, yards and surrounding spaces with many animals. John has been surprised by the various snakes, skinks, frogs and more that he has documented within half a mile of his house. He carries a small camera on his daily walks and has amassed many herp photos and stories to share.

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An adult coppperhead on a sidewalk

Learn how you can participate in a local citizen science effort by testing your snake identification skills in this Citizen Science Adventures video premiere!

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A small baby alligator in someone's hand

We will be showing some of the techniques we use to provide enrichment to the Museum’s reptiles and amphibians, including our juvenile alligators!

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TUESDAY March 9th

A dinosaur on its back legs with its alligator-like mouth open

What are some of the strangest animals in the fossil record? Let’s travel back in time hundreds of millions of years ago to meet some ancient reptiles and amphibians. Bring a writing utensil and some paper to join us for a prehistoric sketch-a-long.

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A close up of a black ratsnake's head

Do snakes have bones? What do snakes eat? What should you do if you see a snake? Join us as we learn some Snake 101, what you can do to attract or deter snakes from living in your yard and how to identify the most commonly seen snakes in Raleigh, NC.

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The Old News logo featuring a therapod skull

Join us for Old News to learn about a discovery in REPTILE and AMPHIBIAN paleobiology! Register to receive Bingo materials and a reminder email.

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A baby snapping turtle looking at the camera

In this presentation, we'll go on a journey together into the tiny wildernesses hiding right under our noses, and meet some amazing reptiles and amphibians along the way.

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Illustration of logical and creative halves of human mind.

Silly salamanders and terrific turtles feature in this week's edition of Virtual Trivia Tuesday for Reptile & Amphibian Days! Mingle with friends, compete for bragging rights and perhaps even learn something cool. Questions feature a mix of science facts, current news, pop culture and scientific discoveries.

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WEDNESDAY March 10th

Logo for the NC Herpetological

This is a presentation about the Herpetological Society of NC, what they do and who they are. They will also highlight why reptiles and amphibians are important when discussing conservation.

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A black and yellow salamander on a stick

We will talk about a variety of salamanders and how they use trees. Following this will be an interactive story involving a narrative about the typical day of a salamander and its home in a tree along with labels pointing out important parts of their habitat and pages provided to follow along.

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A hellbender on a rocky river bottom

Let's go for a dive into Hellbender biology & ecology, including rare underwater videos of Hellbender behavior. Lori will explore the challenges this species faces & share information on conservation programs & how you can help with these efforts.

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A loggerhead sea turtle head

Meet some of our sea turtle patients tank side while connecting sea turtle life history to topics like adaptations, habitats, life cycles, conservation efforts, or veterinary care.

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A rough-skinned newt on a leaf

Join us to learn about two of the Most Wanted Salamanders! We're going to dive into two different species of salamanders: the Rough-skinned Newt and the Mombacho Salamander to find out why both of these amphibians are Wanted.

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THURSDAY March 11th

A baby crocodilian with its mouth open

Which species has the most teeth? How do researchers study alligators? From Caimans to Gharials, we'll cover all things crocodilian. Join us to learn more about this amazing group of reptiles.

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An orange and black gila monster on a stick

Learn about different feeding strategies used by venomous reptiles, including gila monsters and copperheads. We will also discuss safety strategies when you come in contact with venomous reptiles.

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A green emerald tree boa with white markings, coiled

Join our veterinary staff LIVE, virtually, at the Museum’s Window on Animal Health as they perform check-ups and wellness exams on our Emerald Tree Boas!

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A girl doing yoga with a green frog and a green basilisk lizard

$5 FEE. Get ready to hop, slither, and crawl through this fun yoga routine inspired by reptiles & amphibians! Learn new poses like the Tree Frog and Basilisk Lizard, play a game of Freeze Yoga, and learn more about these two fascinating animal groups.

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A black salamander on a rock

Salamanders are a relatively unique and special part of North America's amphibian diversity. This presentation will showcase the amazing diversity of North America's salamanders, explain some important aspects of their ecology and discuss the threats to conserving our amazing salamander species.

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A woman with sunglasses holding a tortoise

Amanda is a wildlife biologist and science communicator who has conducted research and helped people appreciate the importance and value of conserving landscapes from Madagascar to Florida.

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FRIDAY March 12th

A box turtle in leaf litter

The Eastern Box Turtle is North Carolina's state reptile and our only turtle with a terrestrial lifestyle. Learn about this unique turtle and how it is adapted to living on land.

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A salamander on an image of DNA

Salamanders can be difficult to find and tricky to identify. Join this presentation to learn how scientists use DNA to help solve salamander mysteries!

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Green origami frogs and green leaves

Participants will learn how to make different reptiles and amphibians through origami techniques. We will also learn interesting facts about each animal and see whether or not we can find them in North Carolina.

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A smiling woman holding a black salamander

From struggling student to passionate wildlife biologist, my life journey changed when I discovered the wonder of salamanders. Join me as I highlight special species from the state of NC and why they matter to both me and you!

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A smiling woman holding two frogs, one in each hand

This is a middle school/elementary school presentation on frogs and frog calls in North Carolina.

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Two silhouettes with lists of species of snakes...one list with lots of species which is what herpetologists see and one that is a list that just says copperhead

This talk is integrated with a citizen science ID challenge. I'll present a summary of how accurately participants are able to ID NC snake species. The challenge will be open before and after the presentation, and we want YOU to participate!

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An Eastern Diamondback on sandy soil

This presentation discusses the ongoing long-term research program and some of our results for eastern diamondback rattlesnake movement and habitat use, genetics, population size, and natural history on Jekyll Island Georgia.

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SATURDAY March 13th

An eastern diamondback coiled by a stump

Fire is an important tool for managing biodiversity in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain of the southeastern US. I will describe how reptiles and amphibians are often dependent on fire and how we use fire to their benefit.

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A salamander with a blue stethoscope drawn on it

Play along with an exotic veterinarian and figure out why your patient isn't feeling well. In this family-friendly presentation, we'll talk about some cool salamander adaptations as well as handling, diagnosis, and treatment.

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A close up of an anole, which is green on top and white on the bottom

Is a frog a lizard? Is an alligator?? Come find out at Lizards 101. We will be learning all about what makes a lizard, and answering all your lizard questions. Topics will include life history, evolutionary background, and ecological roles.

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A drawing of a fence plus a lizard

Join us for this family-friendly game to see if you can guess the herp! We will be sketching live ("Pictionary" style) while you try to guess the reptile or amphibian before anyone else! You might learn some fun new critter facts along the way, too!

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