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Reptilian revelry at Elachee Science Nature Center

Families can see snakes on Saturday

POSTED: September 12, 2013 1:00 a.m.

The popular, cold-blooded annual event of Snake Day will return once again to Elachee Nature Science Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

Visitors may see venomous and non-venomous snakes from across Georgia and the world and meet an amazing array of turtles, both familiar and exotic. Expert exhibitors from the Georgia Herpetological Society, Zoo Atlanta, The University of Georgia Herpetological Club and others will answer questions on snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians.

Other activities include face painting, crafts for children, special animal education programs and guided “Herp Hikes” in the Chicopee Woods. Elachee’s Nature Shop will be open and full of nature-oriented gifts, including the official 2013 Snake Day T-shirt. Food vendors include Shane’s Rib Shack, La Mejor De Michoacan Ice Cream, Dandy Don’s Cotton Candy and Popcorn and more will be available for purchase on the patio.

Extended hours were imposed following requests from visitors and exhibitors.

“We hope that by extending the event’s hours, more people will have the opportunity to come out and learn about these fascinating and often misunderstood creatures,” Elachee’s Education Director Peter Gordon said. “Reptiles and amphibians play a vital role in our eco-system and this is the perfect chance for folks to observe them in a safe, kid-friendly environment.”

Admission $5 per person. Children younger than 2 and Elachee members may enter for free.

Elachee Nature Science Center is a nonprofit environmental education center in the 1,500-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve in North Georgia.

Visit www.elachee.org or call 770-535-1976.


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