Saturday’s wildlife presentation at the Hood County Library drew hundreds of kids and adults. The exciting event kicked off the library’s summer reading program “Fizz, Boom, Read!” The next library presentation will be Saturday, June 21, when puppeteer Nancy Worcester takes the stage with a few of her close friends.
HEDGEHOG IN THE HOOD: Above, Mr. B (Eric Brittingham) demonstrates a hedgehog defense mechanism, the ability to roll into a tight ball, causing all of the spines to point outwards. At right, Mr. B pulls out a Texas rat snake, immediately putting the audience on edge. These are often misidentified as venomous, but they keep the rodent population down.
FACE TIME WITH A TORTOISE: Above, 11-year-old Peyton Hoskins jumped at the chance to demonstrate the proper way to hold an African spurred tortoise. In his presentation Mr. B also offered all kinds of fascinating facts about the Australian blue-tongued skink (pictured at left). Skinks are lizards belonging to the family Scincidae, with more than 1,500 species worldwide.