It’s always exciting when a zoo comes to you! Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but this weekend they were doing a show at Exhibition Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia. So we gathered up the family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) and headed out in the freezing rain to see some snakes and alligators. Our little ‘bug’ and her cousin, who are 12 and 11 months, weren’t quite sure what to make of all of the people. There were kids and strollers and a lot of comotion, but every once and a while, the crowd would clear and there would be a turtle slowly making his way across the floor. The $6 entry fee was more than worth the delight we had watching the surprised looks on their faces when they realized that this strange looking creature was moving towards them. When the turtle lifted his head, you could hear little gasps escaping their mouths and then they’d turn to look us in amazement.
The snakes were out and about as well, but it was harder for them to grasp that there was a beginning and an end to these rope like structures around the zoo keepers neck. The older kids, however were completely amazed by the African Rock Python. The adults learned some interesting facts about snakes. Do snakes eat people? Well, pythons can swallow the largest prey of any snakes, but there have only been eight documented cases in history of people bein eaten. Most of them were farmers or fisherman and they smelled of the prey of the snake. Another important fact is that snakes are deaf, so if you come across one, there is no use begging for your life. The snake can’t hear you anyway. Lastly we discovered that snakes do have a bum and it is called a vent. So the next time you are looking for a polite way to tell your kids to sit down, you can say, ‘Down on your vent’ and they’ll think this is hilarious.
Bug had a fun time petting the alligator and watching the ferrets run around their cage. For some reason she was also drawn to the hawk. I think it was because it had a lot of expression in its face. Nana, was brave enough to let the tarantula crawl on her hands, but I luckily missed out on this opportunity. My only concern with the show, was that they did not have much signage to tell you the facts about the animals. If we go again next year, I’ll have to brush up on my reptile knowledge before hand so I can answer the many questions I’m sure she’ll be asking by the time she’s two! Overall, it was a great way to spend a Sunday with our family!