on Mar 10, 2014 07:36 AM • Views 2237

Jeff Hall, coordinator for NCPARC, shows off an eastern kingsnake to young visitors at Reptile and Amphibian Day, held this year on March 15 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 10, 2014) — Hop on down to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on March 15 for the 20th Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), will staff a booth featuring live reptiles and amphibians — collectively known as “herps” — on the third floor of the museum. Come check out slithering corn snakes, hopping toads and slippery salamanders, and don’t forget to pick up some free literature on how to turn your backyard into a haven for all kinds of wildlife — particularly amphibians and reptiles.

Staff will have the popular “Spot the Copperhead” game so that attendees can test their snake-identification skills, as well as herp-related give-away items, such as buttons, tattoos and stickers.

While Reptile and Amphibian Day celebrates all reptiles and amphibians, the marbled salamander will be the special focus this year because 2014 has been designated “Year of the Salamander” by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation,  an organization dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. PARC designated 2014 as the Year of the Salamander to raise awareness about this diverse group of amphibians that spend the majority of their time hidden under rocks, logs and other debris.

The marbled salamander also was named North Carolina's state salamander in 2013.

Reptile and Amphibian Day is hosted annually by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, which is located at 11 West Jones Street. The free event features more than 45 exhibitors and presenters. It starts at 9 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m.

For more information on nongame conservation in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org/conserving.

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