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Reptiles! Bizarre and Beautiful
Returns to the Virginia Living Museum
Submitted by Judy Triska

RBBR imageNewport News, Va. (March 11, 2019) – Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful returns to the Virginia Living Museum, March 16 and 17 with two days of native and exotic reptiles and amphibians. Again 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 and amphibiansa 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 and amphibians. Visitors will have a chance to meet and experience live native and exotic reptiles from local organizations including the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), 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, hands on conservation stations, 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.

The Abbitt Planetarium will feature special reptile themed planetarium programs: Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, A Giant Leap, A Sky Full of Scales and Noisy Neighbors.

Also, at 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, a special Reptile Weekend Behind-the-Scenes Tour will give you a chance to see a unique glimpse into how we fed, care and enrich our native reptiles. 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.

The Virginia Living Museum is open daily from 9 am- 5pm. Museum admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-12. All daytime planetarium showing are free for Museum members and $4 plus Museum admission for non-members.

The Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I-64, exit 258A. For more information visit thevlm.org or call 757- 595-1900. You can also find the Virginia Living Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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