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Reptile Day

Reptile Day Festival
Saturday, October 24
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE for museum members and children under 3
$5/adult; $4/ages 3-18; $3/seniors and college students

The Reptile Day festival is slithering its way back to the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville on Saturday, October 24 from 10 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.

“Reptiles, and snakes in particular, are such polarizing animals that seem to have most people either loving them or hating them,” said Zach Ryder, marketing and public relations manager at the museum.  “Regardless of which end of the spectrum you’re at, a universal curiosity with these animals is also prevalent and Reptile Day has become a tremendously popular way for people to indulge these curiosities.”

The festival is once again highlighted by annual crowd-favorite, Mark Kilby, of the Luray Zoo, who is scheduled to show-off a king cobra, timber rattlesnake, copperhead, alligator, gila monster and others during his special presentations that are tentatively scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  The museum notes that any changes to this schedule will be listed on the museum’s website at www.vmnh.net.

New to this year’s festival is Cold Blooded Encounters reptile zoo and science center, which will bring dozens of live animal displays never shown at previous years’ Reptile Day festivals.

“We’re excited to have Cold Blooded Encounters join us this year to bring their amazing displays and expertise to Reptile Day,” said Ryder.  “They allow the festival to continue to offer the plethora of reptiles visitors want to see, while giving previous attendees something new to be excited about.”

In addition to the offerings of the Luray Zoo and Cold Blooded Encounters, the museum will display its own herpetology collection, while providing a variety of reptile-themed games and crafts throughout the day, as well as festival staples, such as balloon animals, temporary tattoos and story time.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the museum's PALEO Café throughout the event.

Admission to the festival is $5/adult, $4/children 3-18, $3/senior citizens and college students, and free for children under 3 and museum members.  Admission also grants visitors access to all of the museum’s exhibit galleries.

*Images are from last year's Reptile Day.  For a complete album, visit our 2014 Reptile Day album on Facebook!  Be sure to "Like" us, while you're there!

Thank you to all of our 2015 Reptile Day sponsors!