Just saw this today - looks like a cool show at the Fernbank Museum if anyone is in or visiting the Atlanta area - February 10th through August 12th:



About the Exhibition

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! introduces visitors to a diversity of squamates—a group that includes legged and legless lizards, including snakes. This engaging exhibition showcases live animals and their remarkable adaptations, including projectile tongues, deadly venom, amazing camouflage, and sometimes-surprising modes of locomotion. Representing 26 species found in countries such as Australia, Cuba, Egypt, Guatemala, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Sudan and the United States, the specimens range from a four-inch Tropical Girdled Lizard to a 14-foot Burmese Python and are shown in custom habitats complete with ponds, tree limbs, rock ledges and live plants.

Featured squamates include a Burmese Python, Water Monitor, Rhinoceros Iguana, and Veiled Chameleon as well as Eastern Water Dragons, Geckos, Gila Monsters, Emerald and Amazonian Tree Boas and Campbell’s Milk Snakes. One observation case in the exhibition includes four species of geckos: Madagascan Giant Day Geckos, Common Leaf-tailed Geckos, Lined Leaf-tailed Geckos and Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Geckos.

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! offers numerous interactive stations throughout the exhibition, inviting visitors to listen to recorded squamate sounds, get a close-up look at live geckos, test their knowledge about squamates, guide a virtual rattlesnake on a search for prey, and view videos of lizards and snakes in the wild.

Visitors can explore a variety of fossil specimens and fossil casts. Among the highlights is a fossil cast of Megalania, the largest-known terrestrial squamate, which attained lengths up to 30 feet. This ancient relative of today’s Monitor Lizards lived in Australia during the Pleistocene (1.6 million to 40,000 years ago).

Informative text panels throughout the exhibition discuss a range of topics, from different methods of catching prey, to forms of defense, to squamate relationships. A large cladogram—a diagram that groups animals by common ancestry—notes that scientists still do not know where snakes belong in the family tree, underscoring the dynamic nature of science. Spectacular close-up photography and stunning high-definition video reveal the extraordinary world of squamates.

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! is on view at Fernbank Museum of Natural History February 10 through August 12, 2007.

See this special exhibition for free! Join today and take advantage of FREE Museum admission, including access to Lizards & Snakes: Alive, receive advance notice on upcoming special exhibitions and IMAX® films, save up to 45% off IMAX® tickets, and enjoy many other great discounts. Join online or call 404.929.6340.

Visit the American Museum of Natural History’s Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Web site to learn more.