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Program at museum focuses on snakes

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Can you tell the difference between a venomous and a non-venomous snake? What kind of snake are you most likely to find in your yard? What snake will, when introduced to your yard, devour or drive off all the other snakes, including venomous ones? Do baby snakes hatch from eggs or are they born live? Which snakes make the best pets? How should a snake hook be used? How can you make your own inexpensive but effective snake hook?
Learn the answers to these and many other questions by attending Snakes Alive! at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.
Matthew Bookout, local snake expert, will tell you all about the snakes that call Brunswick County home. Bookout, who encourages questions from the audience during his talk, brings several live snakes with him. As he discusses the attributes and personalities of each snake, he carefully holds it up for all to see.
For safety reasons, Bookout only handles the non-venomous snakes. During a recent program, he brought several live non-venomous snakes with him (ball pythons, an eastern king snake, corn snakes, a milk snake, and a yellow rat snake), as well as some venomous snakes (rattlesnake, water moccasin and copperhead).
At the end of the program, he delighted visitors by bringing out a large tortoise, which slowly crawled around the room as visitors stroked its head. After the program, a Sea Trail resident approached him with a photo of a snake that was crawling up his front door. He easily identified it for him.
Come to the Museum of Coastal Carolina and learn about snakes. Snakes Alive! takes place at 7 p.m. every Thursday night during the month of August. In addition, the museum has a snake exhibit in the Waterways Gallery that includes three live snakes. Visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 East Second St. on Ocean Isle Beach.
Admission is free for museum members. Non-member all-day admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger. Call 579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org for more information.