Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly at the Springfield Science Museum

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

January 15, 2011–May 22, 2011 Springfield Science Museum » Second Floor » Changing Exhibits Gallery

Springfield Science Museum, Changing Exhibition Gallery, Second Floor

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An interactive zoological exhibition that brings visitors eyeball to eyeball with living reptiles from around the world. Colorful lizards, bizarre turtles, deadly snakes, alligators and crocodiles are exhibited in naturalistic habitats.

Visitors will encounter a giant seven-foot Monitor Lizard, a strange-looking Alligator Snapping Turtle, a deadly Cobra, a tree-dwelling Veiled Chameleon with a tongue longer than its body, a Diamond-back Rattlesnake, a Gaboon Viper which has the longest fangs of any snake, and many more exotic reptiles from the four corners of the Earth.

The exhibition is loaded with stunning images, cool facts about reptiles, and plenty of hands-on action. A push of a button and “venom” drips from the tip of a model rattlesnake’s fang. At another interactive station a model viper skull opens and closes, exposing the long fangs and folding them against the roof of the mouth. You can also hear recorded crocodile “conversations” and learn what they mean. At other stations, children can flip boards and push buttons to discover interesting fact about these cold-blooded creatures.

$5 special exhibition fee for all visitors ages 3 and up in addition to museum admission.

Created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling's REPTILAND, Allenwood, Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by United Bank.