Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, July 16, 2016 to Sunday, November 6, 2016

Snakes Alive...a slither into a secretive life

Discover the amazing world of snakes and come face to face with live snakes and find out all about these fascinating reptiles.

See boa constrictors, pythons, corn snakes and king snakes. Learn about what they eat and how they catch their prey; where they live and hide; how they reproduce and grow and much more.

This exhibition delves into the fascinating life of snakes, bringing to light their beauty, mystery and amazing natural history. Using taxidermy, skeletal mounts and award winning photography Snakes Alive demonstrates the distinctive features and behaviours of these extraordinary creatures.

Focussing on four main types of habitat, the exhibition looks at how snakes have adapted to live there successfully. The biology of snakes is also examined with displays on anatomy, reproduction, the senses, camouflage, and feeding. Snakes Alive asks a variety of questions including: How do they reproduce and grow? How do they protect themselves from predation? How do they sense their surroundings and their prey? How are snakes able to capture prey, and how do they digest and obtain nutrition from their food? The exhibition also discusses defense and looks at the use of venom within snakes.

The exhibition is packed with snake specimens, skeletons, models and stunning images as well as interactive games and hands-on displays.

Children £1.50 and Adults £2.50. Tickets can be bought at the Museum shop on the day or purchased in advance here (link is external)

Snake shows with our resident reptile expert take place every Saturday with additional shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are £1.50 per person and can only be bought on the day at the Museum shop.



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Did you know?

St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth formed part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which was home to the author of the first history of England, the Venerable Bede.


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