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Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful

Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful March 17-18

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 exhibitor includes 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! Other exhibitors include Virginia Herpetological Society, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, Virginia Master Naturalist- Peninsula Chapter, Wildlife Response, Inc and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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.

Plus, Saturday only, back by popular demand… the biggest lizard king of all the Walking T-Rex – Dino on the Loose alligatorheadwill appear on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail Saturday, March 17 at 1pm for a 15 minute parade.

Cost: 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 show) 11:30am A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium show)
12:00 Animal Show (lab) 12:00 Animal Show (lab)
12:30pm Noisy Neighbors (planetarium) 12:30pm Noisy Neighbors (planetarium)
1:00 Enrichment (Turtles | CypressSwamp) 1:00 Enrichment (Alligator | CypressSwamp)
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)
3:00pm Reptile Tour 3:00pm Reptile Tour
3:30pm A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium) 3:30pm A Sky Full of Scales (planetarium)