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'Reptiles and Amphibians Weekend' at the Virginia Living Museum in March

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Posted at 4:42 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 04:42:06-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A wide variety of native and exotic reptiles and amphibians will be on display during Reptiles and Amphibians Weekend, March 21 and 22, at the Virginia Living Museum.

This event falls on St. Patrick’s Day weekend when green will indeed be the Museum’s favorite color! Throughout the weekend, guest exhibitors will add exotic creatures to the museum’s native showing of reptiles and amphibians.

Visitors will have a chance to meet and experience, live, native and exotic reptiles and amphibians on exhibit from local organizations including the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Herpetological Society, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Virginia Master Naturalists and Reptile Education of Virginia who will be feature the African Spurred Tortoise, Amazon Tree Boa, Blood Python, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Burmese Python, Gargoyle Gecko, Vietnamese Centipede and New Caledonian Giant Gecko and others.

Guests will be able to take in a Scavenger hunt, use a hands on conservation station, and other hands-on activities. Learn about the museum’s citizen science projects such as FrogWatch and Turtle Census, see the differences between venomous and non-venomous reptiles, and learn a whole lot more.

The Abbitt Planetarium will feature special reptile themed planetarium programs: A Sky Full of Scales and Noisy Neighbors: A Frog Story.

Also, at 3 p.m. Saturday, you can register to join the Herpetology staff for an exciting, exclusive peek at what goes on behind the scenes during the Turtle-tastic Behind-the-Scenes Tour. See what it takes to care for a scaly friends - plus be the first to meet some of the animals who aren't quite ready to go on exhibit yet! A limited number of tickets are available.

Reptiles and Amphibians Weekend is included in museum admission. Planetarium shows are free for members, and $4 plus admission for non-members. Behind-the-Scenes tours are $12 for members and $14 plus admission for non-members. If you'd like to buy tickets, click here.