Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team
Glen Urquhart School - Snakes of New England and the World Presentation 4-20-2017
Today we did a Snakes of New England and the World Presentation for about 70 kids at Glen Urquhart School (GUS) in Beverly Farms. The show was spectacular thanks to Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team volunteers Wilhelmina (GUS student), Victoria, Verdun, Christine, Mark, and Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team founder and presenter Rick Roth. What a beautiful day in the greenhouse - it must have been about 75 degrees inside, and a great place to hold a snake show. There was something special about being surrounded with natural light and looking at all those different and beautiful snakes.
We were fortunate to see the fourteen snakes endemic to New England and then we moved around the world viewing about fifteen other families of Serpentes. The hands went up when Rick asked them questions about the snakes. One sweet thing raised her hand when asked how she knew the difference between the Garter snake and the Ribbon snake - and said, well, I saw this show before. Its still amazing she remembered the name of the Ribbon snake.
Although the snakes were stunning and we learned a lot about their habits and habitats, the children were just as fascinating to watch. In attendance were first graders, third graders, a camp group of varying ages, parents, teachers, and administrators. The children were so incredibly excited they kept migrating out of their seats. Most the children wanted to touch, and got to touch, every snake that was brought around the room. You can't help notice four emotions that most children who are new to snakes exhibit...exhilaration, joy, bravery, and fear. They feel them all at the same time and they can't really speak or move when they are holding the snake. They just bond with the snake and are completely lost in the moment. It's incredible to be a part of it.