This fall, the Houston Museum of Natural Science welcomes an assortment of scaly skins, slithering sounds and projectile tongues. No, its not a KISS reunion; its the return of Lizards & Snakes: Alive!, a special exhibition featuring 26 species of reptiles from the group called squamates. The museums recreated their natural habitats, which include Australia, Cuba, Madagascar, Sudan, the United States and beyond. One little guys just an inch long; another can shoot its tongue out at a speed of 16 feet a second. There are Gila monsters, veiled chameleons, eastern water dragons, geckos and the pleasingly named blue-tongued skink. And then theres the piece de résistance: a 14-foot Burmese python. The exhibits rounded out by games, tons of data and info, fossils to touch and, were assured, some very thick glass.
Sept. 20-Jan. 6, 2007