July 16th is World Snake Day!
Did you know that there are over 3,500 species of snakes but less than 25% are venomous? Snakes have a bad reputation for being scary but they actually help maintain balance in our eco-system by controlling pest populations. You can “snake it up” by checking out unique attractions throughout Florida!
Everglades snake handlers show off both venomous and non-venomous species in this show! You’ll be safe behind a protective glass while handlers tell you everything you need to know about these amazing reptiles and why they are so important to the Florida Everglades. Billie Swamp Safari is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We hope to celebrate World Snake Day with them soon when they can safely re-open to the public again!
The Central Florida Zoo’s Herpetarium houses venomous snakes from across the world while teaching about snakes that are native to Central Florida! Make sure to visit the rest of the reptiles of the zoo including crocodiles, tortoises and lizards!
The Reptile Discovery Center includes a serpentarium for dozens of dangerous and exotic snakes, and also home to a commercial venom production facility! You can even watch a live venom extraction program at select times Thursday through Sunday.
Reptile World Serpentarium, which opened in 1972, houses over 80 species of snakes from all around the world! The snakes on display rotate between public display cases and behind-the-scenes areas resulting in an ever-changing display for visitors of the Snakes of the World exhibit hall.
Wanting to stay home and learn more? You can check out Florida Wildlife Magazine’s article by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission entitled “Venomous and Nonvenomous Snakes of Florida“!
Do you ever see a snake in your backyard and worry that it might be venomous? You can download the app “Snake Snap” which allows you to take a photo, trace the shape of a snake with your finger, and enter where you fond it. In just a matter of seconds, you’ll know what kind of snake it is as well as connections to any resources you may need! In addition the app teaches you fun “Did You Know” trivia as well as “What’s the Difference” comparing and contrasting snakes that look similar, but one is venomous.
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