Snake lovers can slither their way to Brookfield Zoo on Monday, July 16, to celebrate World Snake Day!
This scale-filled day encourages guests to confront their fears and come face to face with many different species of snakes. During the event, there will be Zoo Chats, where guests can get up close to and even touch several snake species. At 10:30 a.m., guests will have the opportunity to view the zoo’s largest snake resident—a reticulated python—being weighed and measured outside of Reptiles and Birds. From the largest to some of the smallest snakes at the zoo, guests can venture over to The Swamp at 11:30 a.m. to see and learn about recently hatched/born gray-banded kingsnake and Jamaican boa babies. Then, just outside the entrance to Hamill Family Play Zoo, guests can meet Atticus, a Burmese python, at noon.
To remember their zoo visit on World Snake Day, guests can have a photo taken with Millie, a costumed character massasauga rattlesnake. What better way to face one’s fear of snakes than be pictured with one! A snake parade will commence at 1:45 p.m. outside of Hamill Family Play Zoo. Afterwards, guests can help decorate pillowcases—the preferred mode used to transport the snakes.
Joining in the celebration will be the zoo’s volunteer educators, who will engage guests in a snake-themed craft activity and have a variety of biofacts on display, including shedded snake skins. They will also share the beneficial role snakes play in our lives.