Snakes includes: 15 displays featuring taxidermied, skeletal and model snake specimens. Display cases, interpretation, graphics, a suite of interactives and high definition wall images are included. The option to include live snake vivaria is available. We can hire you the vivaria equipment and help you to source a supplier to loan snakes for the exhibition.
SPECIES AND TOPICS
The exhibition is family friendly but also works with science national curriculum. It is segmented into two topics:
Aquatic snakes – How some snake species are adapted to living in and finding food in the sea or rivers? Specimen: Green Anaconda
Forest Floor – Some snakes live among leaf litter on the forest floor, using extreme camouflage to enable them to ambush prey. Specimen: Rhinoceros Viper
Arboreal snakes – How are snakes adapted to living in trees. What special traits do they have? Specimen: Red Tailed Racer.
Desert snakes – Some species of snake are adapted to desert habitats, surviving extremes of temperature. Specimen: Arizona diamondback rattle snake.
UK snakes – How do species of snake live and survive in the UK? Specimens: Grass snake, Smooth snake, adder.
Snake Senses – How do snakes sense their prey? Specimen: Royal Python (open display)
Hunting and capturing prey – How do snakes overcome their prey? Specimen: Common Boa and Rat.
Snake growth – How do snakes grow? Specimen: Western Hognose
Snake reproduction – How do snakes produce young? Specimen: Burmese python with eggs.
Snake defence – How do snake defend themselves passively? Specimens: Kingsnake, Coral snake, Milk snake.
Snake defence – How do snakes defend themselves actively? Specimen: King cobra
Snake Antivenom – How and why is antivenom produced? Specimen: Red spitting cobra.
Snake anatomy – How does the form and function of snakes allow them to live as they do? Specimen: Burmese python skeleton coming down to capture a skeletal piglet.
Snake skulls – How are snake skulls different for different species? Specimens: Gaboon viper skull, Reticulated Python skull, Gopher snake skull.
Interactives include manual hands on, physical interactives. Please ask for more detail.
Snakes is a 15-case exhibition featuring engaging interactives and real taxidermied snake specimens, skeletons from around the world, including a 13ft skeleton of a Burmese python and a King cobra. It supports curriculum topics such as habitats and evolution, conservation and ecology. It is available from September 2020 onwards.