It’s Reptile Weekend at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek

There is something appealing about reptiles. For some, it’s the fact that they can have a pet without worrying about allergies like a dog or a cat. And for many children, lizards and frogs are attractive, but also chameleons and geckos. You can also teach children to have a healthy respect for snakes, while learning something about these snakes. And finally, it’s more practical than having a shark.

But similar to Shark Week on TV, Binder Park Zoo has added some spice to this weekend’s events at the zoo, first calling it “Reptile Weekend, Scaled Back”. One of the stars of the weekend will be guest speaker Matt Kleitch, a natural resources specialist from the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center. Kleitch will speak on “The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake” Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Binda Conservation Discovery Center.

Plus, on Saturday and Sunday, Binder Park Zoo keepers will share stories about reptiles and amphibians. But a special “celebrity” is “Al”, a giant tortoise from Aldabra. Although no one knows Al’s exact age, experts say he’s probably around ninety, which makes him middle-aged, as these turtles can live to be 150 years old.

Binder Park Zoo says Reptile Weekend, Scaled Back is part of the regular admission price. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The zoo is off exit 100 on I-94 in Battle Creek.

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