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: ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE () 24 May 99 LR museum charms children, adults alike with live snake exhibit
: While puppies and kittens might thrill some children, 8-year-old Haley Colclasure has always been crazy about snakes.
: Haley, who has a Burmese python, ran around the Museum of Discovery's new snake exhibit Sunday, touching glass cages and talking to the snakes.
: "Don't touch the glass," yelled her mother, Laura Mullins of North Little Rock. "You see, she has no fear of them, which kind of scares me."
: Mullins took her daughter and nephew to the second-day opening of the downtown Little Rock museum's "Fangs: The World of Deadly Snakes!" The exhibit offers a glimpse of the reptiles' life, biology, habitat and even mythology through the eyes of a snake, museum educator Melissa Eulitt said.
: The exhibit aims to battle ignorance about snakes and make Arkansans feel more comfortable around venomous creatures, because "snakes are kind of misunderstood," Eulitt said.
: A dozen live snakes, a few of which are enclosed beneath a suspension bridge people can walk across, are presented to help people learn to identify different venomous species.
: That's what enticed Daniel Dixon, who brought his two sons to the exhibit so they could learn more about the snakes they see from day to day on their 5-acre home site in Conway. Dixon said he wants to become more familiar with the types, and more comfortable with them.
: "I grew up thinking snakes were the devil," Dixon said, "and here they are, just another part of the ecosystem."
: Snake expert Randall Berry, who works in the reptile division of the Little Rock Zoo, gave several presentations throughout the weekend. He passed around a snake's rattle and a snake, which would not bite, he assured his audience.
: He told children Sunday how to be aware of snakes, how the brightly colored snakes are the most deadly, how snakes can sense warm-blooded creatures and how they strike.
: "For the most part they're more afraid of you then you are of them," Berry said. "But if it's going to bite, they [rattlesnakes] warn you before they strike with a rattle."
: This weekend's opening events for the exhibit also offered storytelling, an electric show and a robotics show.
: A live snake presentation will run daily with the exhibit through Aug. 23. The exhibit costs $2 for adults and $1.50 for children and senior citizens, in addition to the Museum of Discovery entry fees.