GAINESVILLE - Officials at Elachee Nature Science Center have decided to extend the hours for their Annual Snake Day this year.
The longer hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 14, came in response to both visitors and exhibitors requests.
"We hope that by extending the event's hours, more people will have the opportunity to come out and learn about these fascinating and often misunderstood creatures," said Peter Gordon, Elachee's Education Director.
"Reptiles and amphibians play a vital role in our eco-system and this is the perfect chance for folks to observe them in a safe, kid-friendly environment."
Gordon said visitors will have the chance to see venomous and non-venomous snakes from around Georgia and the world. In addition, an array of turtles, both familiar and exotic, will be available for the public to view. Expert exhibitors from the Georgia Herpetological Society, Zoo Atlanta, The University of Georgia Herpetological Club and others will answer questions on snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians.
Other activities include face painting, crafts for children of all ages, special animal education programs and guided "Herp Hikes" in the Chicopee Woods. Elachee's Nature Shop will be open, offering nature-oriented gifts, including the official 2013 Snake Day t-shirt.
Food vendors include for the event are Shane's Rib Shack, La Mejor De Michoacan Ice Cream, Dandy Don's Cotton Candy and Popcorn and others.
General admission $5/ per person. Children under 2 and Elachee members free (bring your membership card please). For more information go to www.elachee.org or
770/535-1976. This festival draws over 1,500 people per year and parking shuttles are available.