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Snakes alive! A reptilian romp at the beach

Published 3:38 pm, Thursday, July 25, 2013

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  • Baby the boa constrictor strikes a pose while visiting the Sherwood Island nature center with the Beardsley Zoomobile. Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Westport News contributed
    Baby the boa constrictor strikes a pose while visiting the Sherwood Island nature center with the Beardsley Zoomobile. Photo: Mike Lauterborn

 

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The name said it all: "Hot Reptiles: Cool Nights."

And true to that name, the Beardsley Zoomobile "snaked" its way from the Bridgeport zoo to Sherwood Island State Park last Saturday where Jim Knox, the director of education for the zoo, introduced a menagerie of reptiles to a rapt audience of children and their parents.

Among the slithering creatures the audience got to meet, up close and personal, were a blue-tongued skink and "Baby," the boa constrictor.

Knox also brought along a 37-foot length of snake-patterned cloth designed to represent the skin of the longest snake on record -- a Venezuelan green anaconda.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island, took place in the park's nature center.