The Reptile Festival is slithering its way back to the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving festival attendees the chance to view many of the cold-blooded creatures that call Virginia and North Carolina home, as well as the opportunity to see some of the most exotic and feared reptiles from around the world.
Reptile Day presents a unique opportunity for visitors to see over 100 live snakes and other reptiles, while allowing presenters to demonstrate how reptiles play a critical role in the environment and, most often, a harmless role in peoples' day-to-day lives. Visitors are also allowed the opportunity to handle a variety of the animals on display.
This year’s festival will feature Cold Blooded Encounters Reptile Zoo, which will bring dozens of live animal displays never shown at previous years’ Reptile Day festivals.
We will also be hosting Mark Kilby of Luray Zoo, with several fascinating creatures on hand including a king cobra, Monical cobra, timber rattlesnake, Copperhead, cotton mouth, alligator, Gila monster, Red footed tortoise, and an alligator snapping turtle! In addition to these amazing displays, Mark will lead live animal shows featuring the king cobra and more at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. You don't want to miss these amazing shows!
In addition to the offerings of Cold Blooded Encounters and other exhibitors, the museum will display its own herpetology collection, while providing a variety of reptile-themed activities, games and crafts throughout the day. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the museum's PALEO Café throughout the event.
Admission to the festival is $7/adult (19-59), $5/children (3-18) & seniors (60+), and free for children under 3 and VMNH Members. Admission also grants visitors access to all of the museum’s exhibit galleries.