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As the first of our traveling museum exhibitions, this exhibition contains live specimen of all 24 species of North American rattlesnakes. 22 of these will be displayed at one time. This is due to the fact that in the past few years 2 species have been split off from the original 22 species. We will be displaying 1 of the 2 Black-Tailed Rattlesnakes and 1 of the 2 Massassauga Rattlesnakes since they look very similar. We do however talk about the different variations and show images af the 2 altreantes that are not on display at the time.
All of the snakes are divided into 6 groups throughout the exhibit: Eastern Forests, Pygmy group, Sky Islands, Former Viridis Group, Diamondbacks, and Southwestern Deserts. As you travel through the exhibit, there is information panels on each of the species displayed. This information includes range maps, photos of color variations in nature, relative toxicity, venom yield and many other cool fact about these fascinating creatures! We also include multiple other text panels describing and explaining: taxonomy, natural history, mating behaviors, common myths and myth-busting, the truth behind rattlesnake roundups, and more! It is our primary goal to maintain at least 2 individuals of each species of rattlesnake so they can be switched off of display between bookings and any other reasons for the health of the animals. This helps with the general health of our collection which is incredibly important to us. We intend to feed one snake per day on exhibit and have our keeper interact with the general public, answering any question they may have. However this is not necessary and we can make accommodations to feed only off exhibit or outside of your normal business hours, should it preferred by your museum or institution or staff. We are willing to work with you for the best outcome in public education, one of highest priorities second only to safety.
A professional venomous snake expert will travel with the exhibition. They will be your animal keeper, your exhibition maintenance technician, and will be on call 24 hours a day to deal with any non-medical emergencies regarding the exhibit or the animals. Educational programming for the general public can be included and will be designed for and with your staff if preferred.