Reptiles are remarkable creatures. As a group, they’ve not
only survived, but thrived for hundreds of millions of years. Some walk around
with their rib cages (shells) on the outside of their bodies, while others get
around just fine without the benefit of arms or legs.
Despite some of the most amazing adaptations in the animal
kingdom, reptiles are feared by many, even hated by some.
The goal of CCEEC’s reptile program is to provide you and
your group with a safe and enjoyable experience, maybe unlike the surprise
encounter you might have with a snake in the backyard. We hope that by meeting
one of these scaled, slithery animals in a calm, controlled setting, you’ll be
a little less frightened, and a little more understanding of snakes and other
reptiles in the wild.
Live snakes are a big part of the program*. Most are
rescued, discarded pets, and so are not native to Pennsylvania. Typically
included are corn snakes, milk snakes, western hognose, and one live turtle,
though we cannot guarantee the appearance of any species in particular.
Touchable specimens are included in all of CCEEC’s programs,
and may include snake skins, turtle shells, and wet specimens (that means
things in jars!)
* Depending on the number of program participants, you may
be allowed or even encouraged to touch CCEEC’s live snakes. However, we
recommend that due to salmonella concerns, children under 5, as well as those
with a compromised immune system, refrain from touching any reptiles.