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Cold-blooded Creatures Invade the Science Museum
Springfield Science Museum
December 20, 2010
Looking for some close encounters of the scaly kind? You’ll find them at the Springfield Science Museum in the special exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, on view from January 15 through May 22.
The world’s largest traveling reptile exhibition, Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. The Springfield showing of the exhibition is sponsored by United Bank.
This interactive zoological exhibition 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.