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Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful

Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful March 17-18

Cost:  Included in Museum admission. Non-members Adults $20, children (ages 3-12) $15.

Sponsor of Reptile Weekend

Experience a close encounter of the reptile kind at the Virginia Living Museum. See a wide variety of native and exotic reptiles on

display and in live animal programs. Guest exhibitors includes Sandy Bottom, Virginia Master Naturalists, and Reptile Education of Virginia (REV) featuring the African Spurred Tortoise, Amazon Tree Boa, Blood Python, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Burmese Python, Gargoyle Gecko, Vietnamese Centipede and New Caledonian Giant Gecko and so much more!

Also, learn about the museum’s citizen science projects such as FrogWatch and Turtle Census. See the differences between venomous and nonvenomous reptiles.  Plus, be sure to purchase a Reptile Skin Bookmark or “Snake Painting” by our resident snake, both will be on sale to benefit our animals.


Reptile Weekend is included in museum admission.

Be sure to check out our special reptile themed planetarium programs: A Sky Full of Scales and Noisy Neighbors.

Cost of planetarium shows: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus admission.  Tickets available at front desk.

See last year’s photos on Facebook.

Schedule of Events

11:00 Animal Show (lab) 11:00 Animal Show (lab)
11:30am A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium) 11:30am A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium)
12:00 Animal Show (lab) 12:00 Animal Show (lab)
12:30pm Noisy Neighbors (planetarium) 12:30pm Noisy Neighbors (planetarium)
1:00 Enrichment (Swamp Turtles)* 1:00 Enrichment (Alligator)*
1:30pm A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium) 1:30pm A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium)
2:00 Animal Show (lab) 2:00 Animal Show (lab)
2:30pm Noisy Neighbors (planetarium) 2:30pm Noisy Neighbors (planetarium)
3:00pm Animal Show (lab) 3:00pm Animal Show (lab)
3:30pm A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium) 3:30pm A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium)

*This weekend only, Reptile Enrichments will be done in place of the normal 1:00 pm animal enrichment.  

Reptile Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Take in a Reptile Behind-the-Scenes Tour and meet the Museum’s new loggerhead sea turtle and other reptiles. Limit 12 tickets per tour.

Saturday, March 17 – 3:00 pm


Sunday, March 18 – 3:00 pm



  • Venomous vs. Nonvenomous exhibit
  • Scavenger hunt
  • “Cornsnake” Hole
  • Collections kiosk
  • Conservation Station
  • Educational displays
  • Snake shed, snake art, and animal-themed jewelry sale
  • Face painting (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
  • Community snake