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MIAMI, FL -- Peer into the
eyes of a giant rattlesnake and stand inches away from a 23-foot-long
crocodile when huge robotic and LIVE reptiles are showcased
in the Miami Museum of Science's new exhibition, REPTILES!
Real and Robotic.
Discover the fascinating history
of these cold-blooded animals and encounter the robots LIVE
reptile counterparts, from May 29th through Sept. 6th.
This educational exhibition
provides insight into these incredible creatures that have inhabited
the Earth for more than 300 million years and once ruled the
planet. Highlighted are the four major reptile groups -- lizards,
turtles, snakes, and crocodiles.
Featured alongside the robotic
creatures will be LIVE reptiles from around the world.
Presented in a lush tropical setting will be an alligator snapping
turtle, red- and yellow-footed tortoises, venomous snakes like
the neotropical rattlesnake and golden eyelash viper, and non-venomous
snakes such as the green tree python and albino burmese python,
along with a green iguana and rhinoceros iguana. There will also
be a South American smooth-fronted caiman showcased in a pond
with a stone waterfall. The giant robotic reptiles on display
are presented in dramatic settings that showcase their lifestyle
and means of survival in the wild.
"This is the perfect
summer exhibit. You rarely get a chance to see great robotics,
living reptiles and something to capture the imagination of the
whole family," said Russell Etling, President and CEO of
the Miami Museum of Science.
will learn how reptiles have adapted and survived for so many
years and in such varying conditions as searing deserts and vast
ocean floors. Also examined are the myths and misconceptions
of these creatures, the reptiles' vital role in art, literature,
religion and culture and their recent popularity as pets.
Kids and adults will enjoy
hands-on activities and educational displays including reptile
stories about turtles, pythons and lizards, a "Reptile Hall
of Fame" and "Lifestyles of the Cold and Scaly."
The exhibition REPTILES:
Real and Robotic! was designed by San Diego Natural History
Museum and Kokoro Dinosaurs. And lending their generous support