Reptiles: Bizarre and Beautiful Returns to the Virginia Living Museum

Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful returns to the Virginia Living Museum, March 17 and 18 for two days of native and exotic animals. This year, the event falls on St. Patrick’s Day weekend when green will indeed be the Museum’s favorite color.

Experience a wide variety of native and exotic reptiles on display and in live animal shows. 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 will have a chance to meet and experience live native and exotic reptiles on exhibit from local organizations including the Virginia Herpetological Society, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Team, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Virginia Master Naturalists, and Reptile Education of Virginia (REV) 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 so much more!

Take in a Scavenger hunt, “Cornsnake” Hole, a collections kiosk, conservation station, face painting, 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. Be sure to purchase a Reptile Skin Bookmark, a “Snake Painting” by our resident snake, or animal themed jewelry that will be on sale to benefit our animals.

Plus, Saturday only, back by popular demand…the biggest lizard king of all the Walking T.rex – Dino on the Loose will appear on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail Saturday, March 17 at 1 pm for a 15 minute parade and photo opportunity.

The Abbitt Planetarium will feature two shows, “A Sky Full of Scales” 11:30 am1:30 pm and 3:30 pm) and “Noisy Neighbors” (12:30 pm and 2:30 pm).

Also, at 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, a special Reptile Weekend Behind-the-Scenes Tour will give you a chance to meet the Museum’s newest loggerhead sea turtle. A limited number of 12 tickets are available per tour.

Reptile 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.

Submitted by the Virginia Living Museum

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