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Snakes in the Ocean

Snakes in the Ocean

Happy Monday! We’re meeting some more snakes during our Creepy Crawlies month. We know these reptiles can be scary, but let’s remember they are important parts of the environment. Today we’re meeting a snake that lives in the ocean.


Banded Sea Krait Fun Facts: 

  • Banded sea kraits are found mostly in coral reefs.
  • They do come ashore to drink fresh water, lay their eggs and when they shed their skin.
  • These water going snakes have flatten tails to help them swim.
  • These venomous snakes mostly prey on eels.
  • Their prey- the eels, are bigger than they are and it can often take weeks to fully digest. They will haul on to land to digest their food.
  • They are considered to be shy and fairly docile.
  • Females are larger than males and can grow up to 4 feet long.


Who knew the ocean had snakes? And knew it could take weeks to digest your dinner? Crazy!

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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!



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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Our New Band Name

Our New Band Name

We’re meeting another snake today and it’s named the Bandy-bandy! It just may be the best name ever and when we start our own elephant & horse band we’re naming it Bandy-bandy!


Bandy-bandy Fun Facts: 

  • Of course the bandy-bandy is named after the rings of black & white on it’s body.
  • These small round headed snakes grow up to 2 feet long.
  • Bandy-bandies are residents of Australia.
  • These burrowing snakes are nocturnal.
  • They are venomous and are known to eat other snakes.
  • Bandy-bandies are known for their “stance” when threatened- they form a hoop or u shape to look bigger.


We like these cool little snakes. They are rarely seen by humans, due to being mostly nocturnal. Now if you had to name your band after an animal what would it be?

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That is One Big Snake

That is One Big Snake

We are meeting another amazing animal of the Pantanal today! This reptile is largest snake by weight in the world. That’s why we are glad we saw it from a boat!



Green anaconda fun facts: 

  • Green anacondas are giants! They can get up to 29 ft long and weigh over 500 lbs. Just to give you an idea of how long that is- a school bus is 45 ft- so they would take up 2/3 of it.
  • Females are larger than males!
  • The constrictors are carnivores. They eat small mammals, caiman and some reptiles.
  • Like other snakes, they have stretchy ligaments in their jaw that allow them to open wide and swallow large prey whole.
  • These reptiles can go weeks after eating a big meal.
  • They are mostly nocturnal!
  • Female anacondas give birth to live young, that hatch in her body! They are independent of their mothers immediately after being born.

These giants are amazing! We know people fear snakes, but we think they are awesome! These predators have been around for 100 million years, so maybe it’s time to take a new look at our legless friends and start appreciating how truly great they are!


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Bring Your Basket- Star!

Bring Your Basket – Star!

We are so excited to see everyone here! It’s Sea Star week here at camp! You may know these amazing echinoderms as starfish, but scientists are now using sea star as these animals are not fish! We bet you’d like to know what an echinoderm is though– it’s an animal that has radial symmetry (arms radiating from a central body) and a hard covering. Other echinoderms include sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sand dollars.

Today, we are meeting one of the craziest enchinoderms around the basket star. Woohoo!


Basket Star Fun Facts: 

  • Basket stars belong to the brittle star family.
  • Most Basket stars are found in deep waters.
  • They can reach up to 28 inches across. The central disk is around 5 1/2 inches across.
  • They have 5 arms. Those 5 arms then have many many branches.
  • They have calcium carbonate structures called ossicles. These give all those arms flexibility and stability.
  • Some basket stars feed on plankton or small crustaceans.
  • They use spines and hooks to move food up their mouths on the central disk.
  • Basket stars also have tube feet to move them around.


These amazing creatures have no brain, but they do have a complex nervous system. The oceans house the craziest critters on the planet!

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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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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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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.



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

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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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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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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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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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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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