Snakes Alive! : Kids get to visit with live reptiles at the library
The Snake Man unleashed his collection of live reptiles in front of a packed roomful of children at the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library Thursday.
Terry Vandeventer, also known as The Snake Man, travels around to libraries, schools, museums, professional events, birthdays and organizations around the world to educate people about snakes. He is the owner of The Living Reptile Museum Educational Productions and is recognized around the world as a leading expert on snakes.
Vanderventer said people should not be afraid of snakes or try to kill them because they are helpful in the natural environment. He added that only a very small percentage of them are poisonous, so people should treat them with respect.
The children at the library offered rapt attention as Vanderventer pulled out several different live snakes. He discussed the snakes’ habitats, usefulness and histories.
Vanderveneter has been presenting lectures such as this for more than 30 years. He began studying snakes at a young age and has numerous scientific and popular publications and has been in charge of the Jackson Zoo Reptile Department. Now, he works with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science as a herpetology field associate.
The Snake Man urged the children to not be scared of the reptiles, but to be respectful. He said if you come across a snake, you should take two steps back and walk away. He hopes to clear up the bad reputation the reptiles have.
For more information about Vanderventer and his scaly friends, visit www.livingreptilemuseum.com or call him at 601-371-7414.