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Snakes slither through the first family day at the museum

A baby boa constrictor is carefully removed from its cage Saturday by members of the 4H Herpetology Club at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

A baby boa constrictor is carefully removed from its cage Saturday by members of the 4H Herpetology Club at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

It was Snake Alive! at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, while the 4H Herpetology Club of Washoe County displayed their reptile menagerie.

Presenters from Washoe and Carson City wore bearded lizards as brooches or had snakes wrapped around their arms as they presented at the museum’s first family day.

Herpetology Club leader Lauren Holdway said the group hopes to find an adult leader to bring a similar club to Carson Valley.

“We have clubs in Carson City, Lyon County and Fallon and hope to have one soon,” she said. “There are actually quite a few children who are interested. We just need a leader here to start a club, and that’s what we hope to get.”

The club has about 60 members, some of whom presented their cold-blooded friends on Saturday, including three boa constrictors, several snakes and even a few tarantulas, which Holdway noted are not snakes.

“Our club was founded because we realized that there were so many children who had a passion and curiosity about these misunderstood creatures, and that there was no place where they could come together and share their common interests,” the club said.

For information about the club, visit coldbloodedcritters.com, email [email protected] or call or text 775-303-2541.

Family Day is every first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum, admission is free. It features a program or event, such as giant bubbles on the green.

The event also includes a raffle where attendees can enter to win a $100 gift certificate to the museum bookstore.

A draw will take place on November 14. Family Day is sponsored in part by the Western Nevada College Administration for Children and Families and the Dennis R. Little Trust.

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