Reptiles at the Virginia Living Museum

Visitors can see exotic reptiles from around the world at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Va.

The museum’s permanent residents, ranging from alligators to tree frogs, will be in special exhibits and visitors can see live animal programs and feedings. New this year will be “Lizard Lounge,” displaying several exotic and native lizards. Learn about the museum’s citizen science projects, such as FrogWatch and Turtle Census, and learn the differences between venomous and nonvenomous reptiles.

Reptiles are perhaps the most misunderstood and feared creatures on earth, but they are also fascinating and exciting. Over the course of the weekend, museum staff will separate fact from fiction and discuss some of the challenges they face in the day-to-day care of the museum’s reptile collection. The Virginia Living Museum encourages guests to do research on diet, housing, lifespan, legal issues, and special needs when considering adopting a reptile.

There will also be children’s crafts and activities throughout the weekend. Exhibitors include Reptile Education of Virginia, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Virginia Herpetological Society, Virginia Aquarium Stranding Team, and Wildlife Responses.

“A Sky Full of Scales” will be shown in the Abbitt Planetarium. Discover amazing reptile facts and find reptiles among the stars in this game-show style planetarium presentation. It will be shown at 11:30am Saturday and Monday, 1:30pm all three days, plus 3:30pm on Sunday and Monday. Planetarium shows are an additional $4 for non-members.

The exhibits are open Saturday and Monday 9:00am–5:00pm and Sunday noon–5:00pm. (thevlm.org)

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