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Today we’re meeting another venomous snake with a funny name- the Boomslang! Come join us as we learn more about another legless reptile!

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Boomslang Fun Facts: 

  • They get their name from the Afrikaans for tree snake.
  • Boomslang as their name implies are arboreal.
  • They are particularly shy and flee from anything large.
  • These snakes call sub-Saharan Africa home.
  • They can grow up to 5 feet long.
  • Boomslangs eat lizards and eggs.
  • They are highly venomous with slow acting venom. They are rarely encounter by humans and most bites occur when they are cornered or when someone attempts to handle them.

 

These snakes have gorgeous coloration. They gain that coloration as they mature.

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YEAR OF THE SNAKE DAY # 5

YEAR OF THE SNAKE DAY #5

It’s the last day of Snake week and we’re going to the Mediterranean to meet one cool snake! In fact these snakes are quiet popular! Are you ready for our last adventure of the week? Let’s do this!

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MEET THE LEOPARD SNAKE!

leopard snake   Range/Habitat: Southern Europe- Mediterranean/forests, suburbs

   Diet: Carnivore: rodents

   Length/Weight: 28-39”

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Leopard Snakes are also known as the European Ratsnake.
  • They are constrictors.
  • Leopard Snakes are cream with red and black blotches.
  • Leopard Snakes are shy and secretive.
  • They are crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn).

Leopard snakes are often considered the most colorful of the ratsnake family. In Greece, people often invite these snakes into their homes and gardens because they are so could as pest control! We love hearing about people and wildlife sharing space in harmony! See, snakes aren’t so bad after all!

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YEAR OF THE SNAKE- GUESS THE SNAKE!

YEAR OF THE SNAKE- GUESS THE SNAKE!

It’s time to guess the animal again and we’ve already given you a head start today since you know it’s a snake! So look at the picture, read the clues and give us your best guess!

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  • I live in South America.
  • I have a prehensile tail to help me hang on tree branches.
  • I have pits in my snout to detect heat.

WHO AM I?

 

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JANUARY CRAFT- SOCK SNAKE!!

FEBURARY CRAFT

SOCK SNAKE!!!

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Materials:

  • Stuffing
  • Knee Sock (used is fine)
  • Red, white & black felt
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

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Instructions:

1.     Cut out tongue from red felt & the two eyes from the black & white felt.

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2.     Stuff sock head for snake.

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3.     Fold a bit of the sock on each side just below the stuffing and then hot glue it in place to make the neck of the snake.

4.     Finish stuffing the whole body.

5.     Fold the opening of the sock closed and hot glue it closed. (If you want to you can sew this closed.)

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6.     Last hot glue the snake on the bottom of the head and the eyes on the top.

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Remember if you make a snake share your photos with us! We want to see your creativity! 

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YEAR OF THE SNAKE DAY # 2

YEAR OF THE SNAKE DAY #2

The second snake we are meeting this week can be found right in our own back yard! We’re off to find this very common snake here in North America. Let’s go exploring!

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MEET THE COMMON GARTER SNAKE!

garter snake   Range/Habitat: North America/ forests, grasslands

   Diet: Carnivore: earthworms, amphibians, fish

   Length: 26-51”

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Common Garter Snakes normally live near water.
  • They hibernate in mass groups in the northern most part of their habitats.
  • Common garter snakes are often prey for birds of prey.
  • Common garter snakes have red strips along their backs.
  • They live farther north than any other snake in North America.
  • Common garter snakes have rough scales.
  • They are constrictors.

Common garter snakes are all over North America. Have you ever seen one in your backyard? Remember if you do, they are an important part of the ecosystem and they’re not dangerous to humans, so just let them be :)!

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YEAR OF THE SNAKE!

YEAR OF THE SNAKE

We are celebrating the Chinese New Year this week and it’s the Year of the Snake! We know that these infamous reptiles get a bad rap, but we respect and admire these amazing animals. We’ll be meeting a few different species, you’ll get to guess the species and we’re making a sock snake! So let’s get this party started with a trip to Southeast Asia to meet one royal snake!

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MEET THE KING COBRA!

king cobra   Range/Habitat: Southeast Asia/rainforest-grasslands

   Diet: Carnivore: snakes

   Length: 9 ¾-16 ft

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • King Cobras are the longest venomous snake on earth.
  • They have smooth brown scales.
  • King cobras raise the front of their body up when threatened and spread out a hood to look bigger.
  • King cobras are excellent swimmers.
  • They usually live deep in the forest.
  • Both male and female king cobras guard the eggs.

King cobras are quite fierce looking when they stand up in the pose that they are famous for. Luckily they normally do not have much contact with humans, since they like the deep parts of the forests! We respect these predators and we’ll do it from a good distance.

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