A total of 524 people attended Reptile Day at the Fairbanks School last Saturday. Amy Hankins from the MSU Libraries, who coordinated this great event, made 600 buttons to distribute, and she almost ran out! Several media representatives were in attendance. A media student from Drury made a film for a class project. KY3 showed up and interviewed Christopher Scioli who brings his 9.5 foot python, Enoch, every time we host a Reptile Day.
Everyone had so much fun. Several people came in terrified of snakes, and were able to overcome their fears, leaving with a new respect for snakes. Big thanks to the Herpetological Society members who helped out, and they provided realistic models of native snakes for our display. We have turned them into a game: “guess the native snake” (they are VERY realistic) and the people who guess correctly get a prize, a Snakes of Missouri poster. Enoch was tired, but happy.