Photo of snake sticking out its tongue

A herpetologist — someone who studies reptiles and amphibians — came to the Dickinson County Nature Center and asked how old Itsy Bitsy, the western fox snake, was. At that point, we estimated she was about 22 years old. He pulled his head back in surprise. While we realized that Itsy Bitsy was old, we…

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Photo of a snake sticking out its tongue

The naturalists make sure to wash their hands after handling the mice before picking up the snakes. They don’t want the snakes to associate people with food or being let out of their enclosures with food either so that they don’t expect to be fed every time the enclosure door is opened. How a snake…

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