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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST WORLD SNAKE DAY ACTIVITIES

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and Bob Moore Subaru invite you to attend World Snake Day on Thursday, July 15, to celebrate one of our planet’s most unique and misunderstood group of animals. Participants will have an opportunity to discover the Zoo’s diverse population of snakes while learning the important role they play in the ecosystem and how these species thrive on every continent expect for Antarctica in almost any habitat including waterways, forests, deserts, prairies and even your own backyard.

Presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru, World Snake Day activities will occur near the Zoo’s historic Herpetarium building and Wetlands Walkway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities that highlight the Zoo’s snakes as well as the opportunity to watch the Zoo’s largest snake, a green anaconda, undergo a routine wellness exam. Event activities are free with Zoo admission and include:

  • Kids Activities with Prizes: Event goers 11 and younger can test their snake knowledge with a special activity card, “Slithering Eco(SSs)ystems: A Game of True or False”.

  • Sign the Zoo’s World Snake Day Pledge

  • Conservation Education Station: View bio-facts and hear what the Zoo is doing to help wild snakes and their habitats and how you can help.

  • Photo Opportunities hosted by Bob Moore Subaru

  • Facebook Live Chats: Snake fans will want to tune in here, Facebook, for these special livestreams featuring the Zoo’s reptile experts. Livestream topics and times are as follows:

  • Green Anaconda Wellness Exam, 9:15 a.m.:  A sight to sssee! This livestream features a routine wellness exam for the Zoo’s 21-year-old female green anaconda, performed by the Zoo’s veterinary care team and reptile caretakers. Zoo guests, who are invited to observe the exam from afar, and Facebook fans alike will be in awe as the vet and reptile team weigh and measure the anaconda during the exam. The wellness exam will take place in a sectioned off area near Wetlands Walkway and last approximately 20 minutes. A member of the boa family, the green anaconda is, pound for pound, the heaviest snake in the world! The Zoo’s first anaconda arrived in 1966.

  • Caretaker Conservation Chat, 12:30 p.m.: Meet one of the Zoo’s herpetologists and hear about the various snakes she cares for and how the Zoo is contributing to the conservation of these important species through collaborative breeding programs. The Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Program® (SSP) for the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, a federally protected snake, and recently celebrated the birth of three rattlesnake snakelets. SSP programs are collaborative science-based management programs developed by the AZA to oversee breeding and sustainability of select animal species within AZA-member zoos and aquariums. Several of these programs enhance conservation efforts of these species in the wild as well.

 

The Zoo is home to 115 species of reptiles including 45 snake species from around the globe which can be seen in the Zoo’s Herpetarium and Oklahoma Trails’ Big Rivers habitat. Built in 1928 as a Works Progress Administration project, the Zoo’s Herpetarium is a guest favorite featuring more than 65 habitats representing various reptiles. At Oklahoma Trails, the Zoo’s habitat showcasing native Oklahoma wildlife, guests can get an up-close look at western diamondback rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnake, bull snakes, king snakes and more. 

Ten World Snake Day Facts

  1. Nine species of snakes found in Oklahoma are listed as species of greatest conservation need by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

  2. The massasauga is a species of rattlesnake found in Oklahoma that is decreasing across most of its range because of habitat loss.

  3. OKC Zoo is part of a cooperative breeding program for the massasauga rattlesnake, and Zoo staff helped with a survey of a wild massasauga population.

  4. Snakes are important because they keep ecosystems in balance by providing free, natural pest control.

  5. Snakes improve human health by controlling rodents that carry diseases which are harmful to people.

  6. There are approximately 3,600 species of snakes on the planet. The OKC Zoo has 45 snake species and just over 450 total reptiles and amphibians in its care. 

  7. Snake scales serve several purposes. They trap moisture in dry, arid climates and reduce friction as the snake moves.

  8. Snakes shed their skin or “molt” to rid themselves of parasites and to make room for growth.

  9. Snakes are Ectotherms, meaning they rely on external sources of heat like the sun. Endotherms, like birds and mammals, generate body heat internally.

  10. South America’s green anaconda is the largest snake in the world, they can grow longer than 29 feet and weigh more than 550 pounds!

 

Slither out to the Zoo for World Snake Day. The Oklahoma City Zoo is currently in its summer hours and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Purchase advance tickets at www.okczoo.org/tickets and avoid the entry lines. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay connected with the Zoo on FacebookTwitterInstagram and TikTok, and by visiting our blog stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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