The World of Reptiles presented at Manila Library

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Information came to life at the Manila Library as The World of Reptiles was presented by Holly Taylor with the Natural History Education Company of the Midsouth (NHECM). The event was part of the children's summer program and held on Monday, July 11.

Manila Librarian Mary Alice Ketchum is a good sport as she takes the python during the world of Reptiles program held at the Manila Library. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Over 30 attended the program in Manila learning about different reptiles and amphibians from all over the planet.

NHECM was established in 2005 by Bob Tarter to educate children about the natural world and reach out to others who may never have an opportunity to view these animals up close.

Tarter holds a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois and spent time working for Ducks Unlimited and with DNR in the State of Indiana as a wildlife researcher and biologist.

The young people enjoyed seeing live exhibits including a South African bullfrog; an Alligator snapping turtle; a Burmese python; a Sulcata tortoise; an Argentine Tegu; a non venomous colorful Pueblan milk snake that looked like a Coral snake.

Taylor talked about the habitat of each and gave the children opportunities to answer and ask questions.

The children enjoyed seeing Manila Librarian Mary Alice Ketchum wrap the eight-foot Burmese python around her neck. They all agreed she was a brave librarian and a good sport.

It was an informative program and the children expressed their appreciation to the Manila Library, NHEC, and Taylor for an interesting afternoon at the library.

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