Live & (sort of) on the Loose!
A Look at Venomous Reptiles of the Southwest
This live animal presentation is offered by the staff of the Herpetology department. These 1-hour long programs take place daily (except Wednesdays and Thursdays from March 12 2014 onwards) in our new Warden Oasis Theater at 12:15 p.m. except during other special events. So, be sure to check the museum's daily event board to confirm that this exciting program will take place!
Though the museum has a long history of public programs interpreting animals; this is the first time that live rattlesnakes have been incorporated into them.
Each program presents two species which may include:
- Mexican Beaded Lizard,
- Diamond-backed rattlesnake,
- Mohave rattlesnake,
- Black-tailed rattlesnake,
- Gila Monster
Presentations focus on several topics, including general natural history, venoms and envenomations, bite statistics, rattlesnake translocation, how we work with and what it's like to work with venomous animals. Questions are encouraged. In this manner, we can better serve the audience's needs, keep the programs fresh, exciting, and variable, along with making the programs more interactive.