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Snakes alive! Otowi Station, Snake Conservation and the Bradbury Science
Museum are collaborating for a presentation and demonstration at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in the breezeway between Otowi Station and the Bradbury Science
Museum. Visitors can see all kinds of beautiful snakes, learn the part they
play in our environment, and get an exclusive deal on a Snake Sack, which
contains a guidebook, a notebook for recording the kinds of snakes they
observe, a pencil and a museum-quality replica of a snake.
The Bradbury Science Museum will feature videos about snakes from 10 a.m.-5
p.m. and have some special exhibits about snakes.
Snakes are often hated and feared. Many are even killed for no clear reason.
But there are definitely reasons to keep snakes around your home or garden.
They can keep in check pests like rats and mice, which are vectors for such
diseases as Hantavirus and the plague. And some species that are harmless to
people prey on venomous snakes, reducing the chance of a deadly encounter.
A worker at a Florida dog kennel learned the hard way about the importance
of snakes. He noticed dozens of snakes living in the rafters and crevices,
and decided the reptiles had to go. Working systematically, he killed them
until none were left.
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