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Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

PHILADELPHIA, September 8, 2015

Get eyeball to eyeball with live deadly snakes, colorful lizards, bizarre turtles, and rugged crocodilians from around the world in Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, opening Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

There’s no substitute for living animals, and this exhibit features some of the world’s most recognized and fearsome cold-blooded animals, which also happen to be some of the most beautiful and exotic.

Reptiles have enduring appeal, and they are fascinating to watch and examine up close,” said Academy Senior Director of Exhibits Jennifer Sontchi. “Few people will ever encounter these animals in the wild, but it’s great that they can learn about them in the safety and the fun environment of our museum.”

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly will be on view through Jan. 10. Discounted online tickets are available in advance at

Nearly 20 species of live reptiles will be on display including (depending on the day) a bearded dragon, Gila monster, crocodile, alligator, chameleon, gecko, python, viper, cobra, and more. Nestled in naturalistic habitats, these unforgettable animals will help dispel common myths and foster a basic understanding of how reptiles fit into the animal kingdom and in their native environments.

Engaging, interactive components let visitors “milk” a viper, learn to speak croc, and test their knowledge with “Turtle Trivia” and “Lizard Wizard.”

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly is sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Reptiles was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s REPTILAND, Allenwood, Pa.

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