Museum presents ‘Animals Up Close'


PITTSFIELD -- Richard Roth of Creature Teachers will visit the Berkshire Museum on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., bringing a variety of animals, including a green tree python, a kinkajou, a skunk, an American alligator, and more.

Celebrate Earth Day by learning about these exotic creatures and their habitats, preferred foods, and unique characteristics.

Tickets for this special "Animals Up Close" event are $15 adult, $8 child; Museum members $5 adult, $3 child; children 3 and younger, free. Museum admission is included.

The green tree python is bright green with a white or yellow broken stripe. Averaging about 4 feet long, adults can grow to be 7 feet in length. Found in New Guinea and parts of Australia these tree-dwelling reptiles are endangered due to the loss of their rain forest habitat.

Kinkajous are small mammals with prehensile tails that live in the forests of South and Central America. They are sometimes called honey bears because they use their long tongues to scoop honey out of bee hives.

The American alligator was saved from extinction and now thrives in the wetlands and swamps of the southeastern U. S. Adults can be from 8 to 11 feet long.

Skunks are omnivorous North American mammals of the weasel family. While most well-known for using an offensive-smelling spray against any perceived threats, they play an important role in insect control.

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