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Cold Blooded Creatures

Not-So-Scary Critters

Written by:  Kortney Jaworski, Senior Herpetology Keeper With Halloween fast approaching, the VLM Herpetology Team wanted to share some our favorite not-so-scary animals that often get a bad reputation (especially at this time of year). Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus), a Virginia native 1. Snakes: Venomous (not…

How to Make a Box Turtle Cake

Written by: Kyrie Rowell, Herpetology Keeper September 28th our Piedmont Gallery box turtle, whom herpetology staff affectionately call Barney or Michael (depending on who you ask), turned ten! So naturally we threw him a birthday party. His party had a banner, streamers, a HUGE birthday…

Herp Highlight #9: Eastern Glass Lizard

January 10, 2018 Walking through the museum’s Chesapeake Bay Gallery, you may notice a rather small exhibit located just between our beach and saltwater marsh exhibits; a literal hole-in-the-wall. At first glance, you might believe the exhibit to be empty, save for a few sticks,…

Our Snakes Have A Superpower!

April 4, 20117 Residing in our Mountain Cove habitarium, the canebrake rattlesnake is one of the VLM’s pit viper species. Being a venomous snake, the rattlesnake has a formidable reputation and many people regard this reptile with fear and caution due to its potentially life-threatening toxin….