The Ontario Science Centre brings the science behind reptiles to life with Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

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, 2011.

"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 final construction.

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 its inception.

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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Christine.Crosbie@osc.on.ca  Jefferson.Darrell@osc.on.ca


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