Reptile Day 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, April 12!

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Reptile Day is 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday morning in the Blanche Knox Parker Garden between Dana and Watson science buildings (next to Davidson College Presbyterian Church). Special guest on Saturday: Carmelita the 16-foot python—come one, come all!

“I’m okay with this, nothing to it.” With Brie Bowerman ’17 (photo Robert Abare)

If you love reptiles, you may have already marked your calendar. Now, I don’t not love reptiles, but to help drum up my own excitement for Reptile Day I scheduled a visit with the event’s outreach coordinator Brielle Bowerman ’17. Well: Excitement is not a word that does justice to holding a great big Eastern King Snake, feeling its soft, cool, underbelly scales glide along your neck as it flicks its forked tongue in your face to say hi. I’m glad I did it. That means more people will have a chance to do it on Saturday, since I do not feel a need to do it again.

“Hello to you, too!” (photo Robert Abare)

If snakes aren’t your thing, there will be other “herps” on hand Saturday from the herpetology lab. There will also be visiting herps from other entities in the region both institutional and individual. Herps include snakes, turtles, alligators, frogs and lizards, oh my.

 

 

 

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