June 10 to September 5, 2011
TORONTO, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Which snake has the longest fangs? What is
the difference between venom and poison? How many sounds can a
crocodile make? Visitors will learn the answers to these questions and
many others in the Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly exhibition, at the Ontario Science Centre from June 10 to September 5,
"Herpetology or the study of reptiles is arguably a fascination for
science enthusiasts of all ages," said Hooley McLaughlin, Vice
President, Science Experience and Chief Science Officer. "More than a
traveling reptile zoo, Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly promises to educate aspiring biologists about the science behind the
scales, shells and fangs of reptiles."
This interactive zoological experience brings visitors eye-to-eye with
living reptiles from around the world. Deadly snakes, colourful
lizards, bizarre turtles, alligators and crocodiles are exhibited in
naturalistic habitats. Additional specimens are featured using
spectacular close-up photography by world-renowned wildlife
photographers Joe and MaryAnn McDonald.
"Live animals have been a very popular part of the Ontario Science
Centre experience, whether as part of our educational programming or on
permanent display," says Lesley Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre.
"This is an engaging and relevant exhibition for the 2011 summer
period. It is free with admission to the Science Centre, making it excellent
value for visitors."
Children can climb on a life-sized model of a giant Galapagos turtle
shell and learn fascinating reptile facts from interactive displays.
Visitors can examine a crocodile skull and learn its tell-tale
characteristics versus an alligator skull. In the snakes section,
visitors can "milk" the venom from a model viper head to see where
venom comes from and how it is injected. They can turn a knob and watch
how a model viper skull opens and closes, listen to the sounds of a
rattlesnake, and gently touch a live snake. The exhibition will leave
visitors with a new appreciation and a better scientific understanding
for these often misunderstood creatures.
Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, the world's largest traveling reptile exhibition, is the product of more than 35 years' experience. Created by Clyde
Peeling's Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, the exhibition is a
complete traveling reptile zoo. It is equipped with a full-time reptile
keeper and state-of-the-art reptile husbandry facilities. Over two and
a half years went into the exhibition from conception and design to
The exhibition runs from June 10, 2011 to September 5, 2011, and is free
with admission to the Ontario Science Centre. Prices are: Adults $20,
Youth/Students (with ID) and Seniors $16, Children (4-12) $13. Children
three and under are free. The Science Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. in June and switches to summer hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for July
and August. Tickets can be purchased online at www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca, at the box office, or by calling 416-696-1000.
In addition to Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, this summer the Ontario Science Centre ventures into the captivating
world of crime scene investigation with the live-action stage
performance of CSI: LIVE!, a Mad Science® production. When a crime is committed at the Las Vegas premiere of the
Max Spade Magic Show; the CSI team springs into action. This
live-action performance invites audience members on stage to become
witnesses, suspects and CSI recruits led by CSI Investigators Sydney
Mathis and David Hart. Together, using forensic science, the new
recruits have 30 minutes to solve the crime…or do they? This live
performance has been financially assisted by the Government of Ontario
through the Celebrate Ontario program.
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre opened on September 26, 1969, pioneering the
concept of an interactive science museum. Since then, well over 40
million visitors have passed through its doors. It is a model for over
a thousand science centres around the world that have been built since
The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and
thinking about themselves and the world around them. The Ontario
Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Please visit
us at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Science Centre
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