Herpetologically inclined visitors flocked to the Museum on Saturday, November 5th for Reptile Day. Reptile lovers and those who simply wanted to learn more about the fascinating creatures spent the day seeing, touching and experiencing several different lizard, snake, turtle and tortoise species, while the reptiles’ enthusiastic owners shared details about their pets.
“I like it better than Lizard Day because it has more animals and turtles!” said Nicholas Nunez, Junior Herpetologist winner.
Merging two of the Museum’s most popular events, Snake Day and Lizard Day, Reptile Day included entertaining and interactive activities about many different reptile species. New to the event this year was the Turtle and Tortoise category.
“I think it was really cool to see all the other reptiles,” said visitor Kayla.
The pet reptile competition gave pet owners a chance to show off their scaly sidekicks, and compete for awards such as: Best of Show, Most Unusual, People’s Pick and Junior Herpetologist.
Guests got to meet and greet the stars of Swamp Wars on Animal Planet and also participated in a reptile trivia contest, live demonstrations, face painting, build-a-snake or lizard activity, snake personality quiz, and a sampling of “Insect Cuisine” prepared by a professional chef.
Reptile Day was sponsored in part by GEICO, Tom Crutchfield, Zoo Med, and United Pet Group, Inc.