Saturday, March 29, 2014

Field Trip: Reptile Discovery Center

On our 143rd day of school my mom took the boys to the Reptile Discover Center in Deland. What a cool place!

The Reptile Discovery Center is a unique facility in which visitors are exposed 
to a wide variety of reptile species.  In the Center's Serpentarium, dozens of 
the world's most dangerous and exotic snakes are on display, including a thirteen-foot king cobra and a fourteen-foot burmese python.  The outside nature trail features alligators, lizards, tortoises and other reptiles which can be seen up close in their natural environments. - from their website
 Elijah took these snake photos below.

The Center is also home to Medtoxin Venom Laboratories. Medtoxin is a  commercial venom production facility. Medtoxin collects venom from a wide variety of snakes, which is shipped around the world for making anti-venom and for use in pharmaceuticals and medical research. The Reptile Discovery Center is one of only a handful of facilities in the United States and around the world where venom extraction can be viewed safely in a comfortable setting. Only safety glass separates the viewing public from expert handlers and some of the worlds most dangerous snakes. -from website

 Elijah has now decided that he wants a pet snake...

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