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New Animal Attractions

Posted June 23, 2009 12:01 AM by Vi Pham
Pathfinder Tags: ANIMAL SCIENCE reptiles snakes

Whether you love reptiles or hate them (or just want to learn more!) this is the place to be. Hello, CR4! It's Vi Pham here. This summer, I'll be blogging along with SavvyExacta in the Animal Science blog. Now I'm no expert, but I am learning quite a bit about reptiles these days. So, I'd like to share my knowledge, opinions, and experiences with you; hopefully spark some discussions; and learn a thing or two from you.

Kids n Critters

My passion for reptiles started about five years ago, with a program called Kids n Critters. In a far corner of the local high school was a room referred to as "The Snake Room". This was where the Kids n Critters program members went. I had heard about it many times, but had never actually seen it.

One day, I decided to stop by. The walls were lined with cages with at least one hundred snakes and lizards of all shapes and sizes. What a sight to see! Honestly, it was a little overwhelming, too. Then one of the kids took out a snake, told me about it, and gave the snake to me to hold. From then on I was hooked!

Almost every day, I volunteered my time, caring for and learning about the reptiles in the Snake Room. Somehow, I even managed to gain the reputation of "overprotective mother".

Field Trips and More

Every month or so, I would join members of Kids n Critters on trips to local elementary schools to teach the students (and very often the teachers, too) about reptiles. Since then, the program has grown and I've moved away; however, my enthusiasm for reptiles is greater than ever.

I'm now the proud "parent" of five snakes and one bearded dragon. I still go and visit the Snake Room every once in a while to see how the animals are doing, meet new program members, and hear crazy stories about their elementary school trips.

And now without all the elementary school-goers and fellow program members to teach and learn from, I turn to you, the CR4 community. I hope will enjoy this blog as much as I will.

Future Topics

My other blog entries will consist of several multi-part series. The first two will be about snakes and lizards. The entries in each series will discuss different species, habitat, anatomy, locomotion, hunting and eating, behavior and defense, pet care, etc. From time to time, I will also share my own experiences and post pictures relevant to each blog entry.

So here we go! I look forward to working with you this summer.

Other Blog Entries

Reptiles: A Scaly Introduction
Snakes: They're All Around
Snakes: A Family Affair (Part 1)
Snakes: A Family Affair (Part 2)
Snakes: Clever And Deadly Behaviors
Snakes: Do The Locomotion (Part 1)
Snakes: Do The Locomotion (Part 2)

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Re: New Animal Attractions

06/23/2009 7:35 AM

Welcome to the Animal Science blog! I'm sure the readers on CR4 will enjoy these topics; reptiles are something I haven't written about very frequently, but when I have, they seem to generate quite a bit of interest. I'm looking forward to reading your blog entries!

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06/23/2009 8:53 AM

Welcome to CR4, Vi Pham! I'm looking forward to reading your blog entries.

Best,

Moose

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06/23/2009 10:19 AM

Oh my word! Five snakes and a dragon!!! I look forward to these blogs, even if I never intend on being a 'proud parent of a reptile'.

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07/02/2009 8:26 AM

I will be watching your progress with great interest.

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Re: New Animal Attractions

07/07/2009 11:10 AM

Hey Vi!

Welcome to CR4!

I'm looking forward to reading your upcoming posts as well. Although I don't have much experience with reptiles, I do know a bit about amphibians, frogs and toads primarily. In early spring, at the Saratoga National Historical Park, I volunteer to help a friend (who is an Environmental Science professor at Siena College in Loudonville, New York) census and study the explosive breeding patterns of Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica). We also keep our eyes and ears peeled for other inhabitants of the park like Spring Peepers (Hyla crucifer), leopard, bull and gray tree frogs as well as newts, yellow-spotted salamanders and other amphibians and reptiles.

One tid-bit from my educational past...I always thought turtles were amphibians until my 10th grade teacher kindly corrected me, telling me turtles were reptiles! I don't know how that got past me for so long! I'm pretty sure I was just in denial, since I'm big on amphibians and I really dig turtles, too.

Again, looking forward to being educated more on reptiles!

John

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