Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kirksville 09, Part Trois

After the excitement of horseback riding, we had our very own guided tour of the herpetology department. In case you are wondering, herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles. Grandpa Pete knew two students who work in the herpetology lab and were in town on July 3, and who were willing to give us a tour.

Here is a small disclaimer: I HATE reptiles and amphibians. But the kids liked them! The students retrieved an absolutely enormous python from its cage - it was over 13 feet long - and let it stretch its, er, legs down the hall. The kids were fascinated. I was faintly repulsed.

The kids also enjoyed petting this orange snake creature. I have forgotten which type of snake it is - its snake genome or whatever you call it.

Rest assured, everyone washed their hands quite thoroughly after the snake touching was over. Phew.

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