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Reptile Appreciation Days

Snake DayFor those hard-core reptile lovers out there, don't miss the last of our three extra special days at the Museum where you're invited to bring your reptile to meet and greet fellow owners. Snake Day is Sun., Aug. 22, 1999. If you bring your snake you both get in free, plus one more guest (yours or the snake's). We've got loads of great contests and doorprizes, along with presentations by reptile experts. Please note that protected species must be accompanied by their permits.


Snake Day August 22nd
Noon-2 p.m.: Check-in, Main Lobby. Animals must be in cages/containers and accompanied by permit if endangered or exotic and a waiver must be signed. No venomous snakes please.
12:30-1 p.m.: Reptile Demonstration, Auditorium. Robert Dawson, Museum Interpreter, presents "Myths and Misconceptions," and unravels what's true and false about reptiles with help from some of our "creatures."
1:15-1:45 p.m.: "Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake: A History of our Research," Auditorium. The Miami Museum of Science's own Brian Mealey, Director of Environmental Sciences and Greta Parks, Wildlife Education Manager will discuss the history of the Museum's research on the snake and will demonstrate procedures performed in the field.
2-2:30 p.m.: Snake Showcase & Judging, Classrooms A&B / D&E. Owners meet and greet to chat about their snake companions as a panel of judges select three finalists for each category. Museum visitors and participants pick their favorite too! Categories include ­ Best of Show, Most Exotic, Largest All-Around and People's Pick.
2:45 ­ 3 p.m.: Winners announced, Auditorium. Judges pick winners and award prizes including a gift certificate to The Gourmet Rodent, one-year subscription to Reptile Hobbyist, 4 passes to Lion Country Safari and 4 for the Conch Tour Train!.
3:15-3:45 p.m.: "Rules and Regulations of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission," Auditorium. Lecture presented by Officer Bill Stiffler of the Commission's Inspection Division, featuring exotic venomous snakes from South America, Africa and Russia.
4-4:30 p.m.: "Captive Husbandry of Snakes," Auditorium. Lecture presented by Robroy MacInnes of Glades Herp, Inc., with informative and professional insight on snakes.
4:45-5 p.m.: Raffle Prizes Awarded, Auditorium. Lizard owners get a chance to win AMC movie passes, tickets to IMAX Theatre at Sunset Place and admission passes to Everglades Alligator Farm and Flamingo Gardens!
Owners and one guest receive complimentary admission for the day.

Some rules to follow: Snake owners must sign a waiver at the check-in table, bring their companion in its container and present a permit for any exotic/endangered snake.