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Mar 21

Reptiles! Bizarre and Beautiful Returns to the Virginia Living Museum

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 8:39 AM by Communications Department

Native and exotic reptile exhibit March 25-26

The Virginia Living Museum is slated to host their annual Reptiles! Bizarre and Beautiful event March 25-26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To some, reptiles are strange and frightening creatures, but others say they are just misunderstood. Experience a wide variety of native and exotic reptiles from all corners of the world on display and in live animal programs. From their fascinating features, vibrant colors and intricate patterns to their unique abilities, reptiles truly are bizarre and beautiful.
Throughout the weekend, guest exhibitors will add exotic creatures to the museum’s native showing of reptiles. Visitors have a chance to meet and experience live exotic reptiles on exhibit from different local organizations. Also, herpetology enthusiasts have an opportunity to visit the museum’s permanent residents ranging from alligators to tree frogs on exhibit, in special exhibits, in live animal programs, and feedings. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to stop by and see the turtles at the popular Turtle Cove.

“Reptiles are an essential part of our world. They serve many roles in many different ecosystems, and even though we've learned a lot about them over the years, they still have things to teach us about the natural world we live in,” said Travis Land, Herpetology Curator for The Virginia Living Museum.

A variety of tour activities and planetarium showings are offered throughout the weekend. The Abbitt Planetarium is featuring three different shows, “A Sky Full of Scales,” “Noisy Neighbors,” and “The Future is Wild.” Also, at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, a special Reptile Weekend Behind-the-Scenes tour is available for ages 7 and above. Children’s crafts and activities are available throughout the weekend as well. Guests can purchase a Reptile Skin Bookmark or “Snake Paintings” by the museum’s resident snakes. Both will be on sale to benefit the Living Museum animals.

Admission for non-members is $20 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12); ages 2 and under and museum members are free. The planetarium shows are free for members, and $4 plus admission for non-members. The special Reptile Weekend Behind-the-Scenes tour is $12 for members and $14 plus admission for non-members. For more information visit the Virginia Living Museum website or call 757-595-1900.