Maritime Reptile Zoo Meets Joggins Fossil Centre

Jamie Heap
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Museum hosts annual Halloween party

Assistant curator and owner Lindsay Giles of the Maritime Reptile Zoo holds the affectionate Argentine Black and White Tegu named Bear this past Saturday at the Joggins Fossil Centre's annual Halloween party. Other cold-blooded creatures that Giles showed and talked about included a Cane Toad; a Taiwanese Beauty and an albino Burmese Python, two snakes; Taco the Red-Footed Tortoise; a Bearded Dragon and baby American Alligator named Ducky.

JOGGINS-The Maritime Reptile Zoo’s assistant curator and owner Lindsay Giles paid a visit to the Joggins Fossil Centre Saturday afternoon. And she wasn’t alone.

At 2:00 pm, Giles brought no fewer than seven cold-blooded creatures from her Maritime Reptile Zoo in Dartmouth to the Joggins Fossil Centre in what has to be described as an educational show and tell for her captive audience of 35 people.

“By combining entertainment, education and live animals, we hope to dispel myths, alleviate fears and give the public a chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures,” states the Mission Statement of the Maritime Reptile Zoo. This was certainly the case on Saturday.

After laying down a few ground rules designed to make the audience’s experience run more smoothly, Giles started her interactive presentation by asking those in attendance what they knew about reptiles. The term cold-blooded came to mind.

The first cold-blooded creature Giles showed her audience was the Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) a large, terrestrial true toad indigenous to Central and South America, that was introduced in Australia during the 1930s as an invasive species.

From there, Giles showed the zoo’s Bearded Dragon or Pogona, a genus of reptiles that is becoming just as common a household pet as cats or dogs currently are.

In terms of snakes, Giles showed and talked about the Taiwanese Beauty, a boreal snake indigenous to Taiwan, and ‘Tiny,’ an albino Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatu), which was scheduled to consume a thirty-pound pig this past Sunday at the Maritime Reptile Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo. Burmese Pythons are the third largest snake in the word behind the Reticulated Python and the Anaconda.

As chance would have it, both snakes were in the process of shedding their skin.

Rounding out the cast of reptiles Giles showed at the museum’s annual Halloween party included the sociable Taco the Red-Footed Tortoise;Bear, the affectionate Argentine Black and White Tegu and a baby American Alligator named Ducky.

“This is our last event of the season,” stated Melissa Grey of the Joggins Fossil Centre. “We’re very pleased to end the season on such a high note.”

The Joggins Fossil Centre closes for the season on Thursday, October 31, reopening on Earth Day (April 22, 2014). It can be made open by appointment by phoning (902) 251-2727 or emailing info@jogginsfossilcliffs.net.

On Sunday, December 15, the Joggins Fossil Centre will be holding its annual Christmas Sidewalk Sale and Lunch from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

For more information about the Maritime Reptile Zoo, visit them at http://www.maritimereptilezoo.com/

 

 

 

Organizations: Joggins Fossil Centre, Maritime Reptile Zoo, Red-Footed Tortoise

Geographic location: Joggins, Dartmouth, Australia Taiwan

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