July 12, 2007

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That's some snake!

albino burmese python

Mountainside, NJ – How many children does it take to lift an albino Burmese python? Ten brave ones! At the first Wednesday Matinee program at the newly renovated Trailside Nature and Science Center, the Union County Board Chosen Freeholders hosted “The Great Reptiles” featuring Bill Boesenberg of Snakes-n-Scales and Turtle Tales. This entertaining and educational program featured live reptiles from around the world. The packed audience of adults and delighted children learned fascinating facts about a Nile crocodile, an American alligator, a snapping turtle and a water monitor. At the culmination of the program, the ten volunteers pictured here assisted with the presentation of an albino Burmese python. Pictured (left to right):  Mark Kearney of Union, Andrew DelDuca of Berkeley Heights, Christina Riccio of New Providence, Alex Whitmore of Cranford, Brandon Beisser of New Providence, Emily Wieszczek of Scotch Plains, Priyanka Dangi of Edison, Sarah Drummond of Westfield, Noah Brogden of Berkeley Heights, Mary Catherine Riccio of New Providence and Bill Boesenberg. The Wednesday Matinee series is offered weekly at Trailside Nature and Science Center through August 15. For information about these and other exciting programs, please call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.