Auburn’s Kreher Preserve and Nature Center hosting final amphibians and reptiles show of the season

Published: October 30, 2019
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Auburn University’s Kreher Preserve and Nature Center will host its famous football weekend event, AUsome Amphibians and Reptiles, on Friday, Nov. 1. Aubie will be in attendance to celebrate the last reptile show of the season, in addition to a myriad of new reptiles provided by the Department of Biological Sciences.

“AUsome Amphibians and Reptiles celebrates our state’s incredible diversity of these amazing creatures with a one-hour presentation for all ages,” said Michael Buckman, center manager. “Visitors will be able to see and touch live turtles, snakes and lizards and will walk away with a broader sense of Auburn pride, not only in our university and our community, but also in our natural environment.”

Alabama is home to more than 70 species of amphibians and more than 115 species of reptiles including frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, alligators, lizards, turtles and more. Also known as “herps,” reptiles and amphibians survive in a wide array of habitats and represent incredibly important indicators of environmental health. They are vital in maintaining balance in our natural environment, keeping all types of pests, from mosquitos to rats, in check, according to Buckman.

The program begins at 4:30 p.m. at the center at 2222 N. College St. in Auburn. Admission is $5 per person; children ages 3 and under are admitted free. All proceeds support the conservation and education mission of the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, a non-profit, outreach facility of Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

More information about the center is available on its website at www.auburn.edu/preserve.

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