Reptile Appreciation Days
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.
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
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.