Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Replay: Out Edisto Way...

Edisto Serpentarium

"All I can say is that almost as soon as I began to read at all I began to like to read about the natural history of beasts and birds and the more formidable of interesting reptiles and fishes."
-Theodore Roosevelt from 'My Life as a Naturalist', American Museum Journal (May 1918)

Did you know that as a young boy Teddy Roosevelt was so enthralled with the study of animals, insects, and slithering reptiles, he opened a natural history museum in his bedroom and charged admission?! What boy doesn't love the irresistible allure of reptiles? The more they creep, crawl, and slither, the more intrigued a boy or girl becomes (much to the chagrin of the child's freaked out mom!). Watch as your child steels their nerve, stands a little taller, and becomes suddenly braver than they knew they could be.

50 miles from Charleston lies one of the best serpentariums we've discovered. You really have to allow a few hours to experience everything on offer here as the property consists of indoor and outdoor habitats and enclosures. I recommend sitting in on a snake show led by Serpentarium experts such as herpetologist Anne Clamp of the original Clamp family who opened the Serpentarium here in 1999...

Anne's got you covered when it comes to fascinating facts about snake species. Don't miss the wall of historical photos and relics depicting her families' long history with herpetology. These photos trace the story of brothers Ted and Heyward Clamp who devoted their lives to snake hunting and charming - truly inspiring.

Your child will come away loaded with new information about some of their favorite creatures. Anne also dispelled a lot of myths regarding snakes too. Many species are actually thriving on Edisto Island! This facility has a shaded snack bar area with umbrella tables, picnic tables on the grounds, cold drinks, and a well stocked gift and information shop...

The Edisto Serpentarium
1374 State Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC
50 miles from Charleston, SC
Admission: Adult (13+) $14.95, Senior (65+) $13.95, Children (4-12) $10.95, 3 and under are FREE. Group rates available.
Hours: now till August 16th, Monday- Sat 10am-6pm (last tickets sold one hour before closing). Open indoor and outdoor.
August 21- Oct 25, open indoor and outdoors Thurs, Fri, Sat only
Programs and Feedings: including venom extractions! click here
For further details and directions, visit their site here

1 comment:

  1. That alligator picture is fantastic. I bet you guys got some beautiful animals and I would love to come to sc and take a look.

    I'm a shark lover myself and have a blog on sharks