Are you familiar with the phrase “smooth like a baby’s bottom” when referring to the texture of a non-baby’s bottom? I’ve got a better one for you.
Smooth like a ball python.
I went to Fernbank Museum of Natural History today for Reptile Day.
I saw a presentation on the box turtle, uromastyx, ball python, and American alligator. I learned that if you see a turtle on the road and you want to help it, you need to look at where the turtle is headed (no pun intended). If the turtle is facing a certain direction, move the turtle in that direction. If you put it “back” to the originating side of the road, it will just get back on the road and you’ll have to move it again.
At the end of the show-and-tell, the audience was allowed to pet the python and the alligator. The python’s skin is sooooo smooth.
A few of the other reptiles in the atrium, courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Herpetology Club of Georgia State University, the Georgia Reptile Society, the Orianne Society, and the Georgia DNR-Wildlife Resources Division and Wildlife Wonders-North Georgia Zoo.
I’ve always been a mammal kind of gal. Though I like turtles, frogs, and salamanders, I’ve never truly appreciated snakes, alligators, and lizards until now. Seeing them outside of a glass box and a really good David Attenborough Nature program will produce such an effect on a person.