lisa vander velde
Morning Star Staff
When children put off eating cupcakes you know that something has got their attention.
That was exactly the case when local reptile and insect expert Stuart Brown came to the Greater Vernon Museum recently with his crew of critters.
The children were given the chance to eat cupcakes or wait until after the python feeding and there was a resounding “After!” by the some 20 kids attending. The focus of Brown’s presentation was reptiles and he had the children and adults hooked on his slithery creatures.
The crowd not only found Brown’s presentation to be educational but also entertaining after a grumpy snake and a few lizards nipped his hand and a misbehaving frog hopped out of his grasp.
Questions like “What would happen if you put those two together?” tested Brown’s knowledge but he held his own way of winning the not so squeamish over with the python-feeding finale.
“It wasn’t scary, it was cool,” said Faye Ells, five, when asked about the feeding.
The children left with not only a better understanding of some of the more exotic species but also of reptiles and frogs that live in our own backyards.