Field day for the kiddies

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Field day for the kiddies

Post by reptilist » Fri May 13, 2011 4:45 pm

One of the things I do for the community is teach them about snakes. The Forest Service held a field day for the Morenci Grade School third graders at one of the local campgrounds and asked me to be one of the displays. So I went up there a little bit early and poked around while drinking my coffee.
These Southwestern Fence Lizards were out soaking up the sunshine in the cool morning air...

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This place is called Black jack Campground and it is perched right on the brink where Ponderosa Pine Trees overlook the Chihuahuan desert foothills...

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The kids (75 of them) came by bus and they were easily excited about everything.

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This young woman was very helpful and interested in my collection.....

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The Western Hognosed Snake always has an attitude and makes the kids jump...

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What I like the best is seeing a kid get that great big smile from holding a snake for the first time!

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I also displayed the four common rattlesnakes native to Greenlee County, but like most kids, they were more interested in a hands on experience after giving the pit vipers a precursory glance.

The coolest news I have to share is that I have been given a very special license by the AZG&F called a "Holding Permit". This license allows me to adopt a salvaged Gila Monster from one of the state's wildlife rehab centers and use it for educational events! I'm pretty excited about that! It's a herpetological credential that few people possess.

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