Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Reptile Discovery Center... Sssss

If you're afraid of snakes, aligators and lizards, do not proceed. Come back in a few days.

Ok, for the rest of you brave souls... this weekend we took a trip to The Reptile Discovery Center Serpentarium in Deland.

There is a nature walk, with different reptiles to see along the way.

After we walked the nature trail, we went inside the Center to see even more fun snakes and lizards, and to watch something very scary.

Twice a day, four days a week, this center does venom extractions. This lab is one of only four in the Unites States.
From the website:

Venom extraction is the process of obtaining venom from a variety of venomous snake species by capturing and then allowing the snake to bite into a collecting receptacle in order to harvest the snake's venom. At the Reptile Discovery Center and Medtoxin Venom Laboratories a large number of snakes are handled each week for the purpose of venom collection.
The venoms collected are used in a host of research and pharmaceutical applications. Anti-venom, the medication used to treat snake bite victims, vetinary anti-venom and a dog vaccine against rattlesnake bites are all made initially using whole venom in part of the process. A wide variety of research is going on with snake venoms or certain components found in venoms, cancer research, viral research, AIDS, rabies, pain medications, diabetes, neurological and circulatory disorders, immunological and transplant research are just a few of the areas where venoms or venom components are being looked at.

The kids got to hold a baby alligator and snakes, and now Bella has decided that she wants to be a baby alligator holder when she grows up. Today she asked me if they are open on Sundays, "because we need to go up there and sign her up for a job" and Grady wants to be the venom extractor...
And on that fun note,
Happy start of a new week to you!
Kiss, Kiss.


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