Snakes & Lizards—A Striking Exhibition at the California Academy of Sciences

Sixty fascinating reptiles take over the California Academy of Sciences this summer as part of its new exhibit, Snakes & Lizards: The Summer of Slither. Here are some of their friendly faces.

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Photos by Jim Shubin and Laurie McAndish King

Prepare to be charmed by 300 feet of exotic snakes and other reptiles from around the world…

Snakes & Lizards: The Summer of Slither is interactive, inviting visitors to listen to sounds, test their knowledge about scaled reptiles, explore a rattlesnake on the hunt and view videos of reptile activity. The exhibit showcases a variety of amazing squamate (lizard and snake) adaptations, including projectile tongues, deadly venom, remarkable camouflage and sometimes surprising modes of locomotion.

Some of the exhibit’s “stars” include a lizard that can literally walk on water, a spitting cobra with a six-foot range, a neck-frilled reptile that inspired a dinosaur design in Jurassic Park, a chameleon that changes color according to its mood and a gila monster, one of only two highly venomous lizards in the world.

The exhibit premieres May 9 and runs until September 5 at the California Academy of Sciences. Entry is included in the regular admission. The Academy’s regular business hours are Monday – Saturday:  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Beautiful Red Tailed Boa. Photo courtesy of Effin Older.

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