Learning Forum: Snakes Alive
December 1, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.
This week, Terry Phillip presents, "Snakes Alive." Guests will see a python, a bullsnake, a rattlesnake and an alligator up close during the Learning Forum. They’ll even get to touch some of the animals.
The presentation will focus on rattlesnake safety in the Black Hills.
As the head curator of reptiles at Reptile Gardens, Terry Phillip manages the entire animal collection and is widely known for his work with venomous reptiles.
So how did he become a deadly snake handler? Ever since childhood, he’s been infatuated with reptiles. He began his career at Reptile Gardens as an alligator wrestler. His passion for working with venomous snakes developed while studying under two of the world’s most experienced dangerous reptile curators, his predecessor Don Middaugh and Head Curator Ken Earnest.
Phillip says the risks of the job aren’t as great as they seem. “People think it’s dangerous because it’s exotic, but it’s actually less dangerous than working construction.”
Phillip is also responsible for the seasonal Crocodilian and Snake Shows, as well as year-round outreach programs.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.
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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.
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