Slither to Museum of Arts and Sciences on Saturday for annual Reptile Rendezvous

July 18, 2014 

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Zach Bancroft, Savannah Walker and Channin Guest help show off a snakes for a mostly admiring crowd at the Museum of Arts and Sciences during Reptile Rendezvous in this 2010 photo.

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Snakes, lizards and other cold-blooded creatures will headline the Museum of Arts and Sciences’ annual Reptile Rendezvous.

The special activities will happen from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and are included in the museum’s regular admission price.

“This is one of the most popular fun family days we have at the museum,” said Melanie Byas, the museum’s marketing director. “It’s well attended and I think a lot of our visitors wait every year for us to have this one special occasion.”

Georgia reptile celebrity Jason Clark will be on hand with his 32-foot trailer of reptiles, she said.

Clark owns Southeastern Reptile and Rescue, which specializes in educational programs about area wildlife as well as the removal of problem reptiles. He also had a season-long show on Animal Planet called “SnakesKin.”

“Jason Clark will do three shows with some of his reptiles,” Byas said. “He’ll have reptiles out. ... Lots of venomous snakes.”

The event also will showcase some of the museum’s Mini-Zoo residents who normally stay in their cages.

“It’s an opportunity to meet a larger collection of reptiles from the Mini-Zoo,” Byas said.

This includes an 11-foot Burmese python named Daisy, a 7-foot Colombian boa named Tomas, a corn snake, kingsnakes and a milk snake.

“There are many snakes,” Byas said.

Other featured animals include turtles, alligators, lizards, iguanas, geckos and a bearded dragon.

“Reptile Rendezvous is about reptiles but some of the amphibians will be out,” Byas said.

The event is coordinated by the zoo staff, which is led by animal curator Sharon Cornacchione. Between Clark’s shows, there will be shows featuring Mini-Zoo animals in the auditorium, too.

“We’ll have shows about Georgia native animals focusing on reptiles,” Byas said.

Other activities include reptile tattoos, a stuffed reptile raffle, reptile-themed games and reptile specialists including Dauset Trails Nature Center.

“Then we have the Snake Snack Shack, where there will be reptilian treats for the audience to try,” Byas said.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19

Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road

Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors and military, $7 students, $5 children ages 3 to 17

Information: 478-477-3232; www.masmacon.com

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