April 23, 2014
Snakes and Turtles at the Maine Wildlife Park
The Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray will host the first weekend event of the season on Saturday, May 3 from 11am to 2pm, featuring Snakes and Turtles! The Park has a new native snake exhibit, with 2 species currently in residence and plans for several more to be exhibited inside the newly renovated Visitor Center. Maine is home to 9 different native species of snakes – all of which are non-venomous and quite beneficial to humans. A 4-foot boa constrictor will also be on hand for folks to meet and photograph as a kind of a friendly ‘snake ambassador’.
The Park’s popular turtle ponds were completely redesigned and rebuilt over the winter because of unrepairable leaks in the original ponds. Several of our turtles will be displayed for inspection and photographs; with a volunteer available to explain more about them. Maine is home to 7 native species of freshwater turtles, some of which are endangered or threatened species. Interactive games for the kids will focus on both snakes and turtles.
Plan to purchase your family pass now so you don’t miss any of the fun; and be sure to pick up an Event Calendar! Keep up with current photos and stories on Facebook too.
The Maine Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The park exists to promote an understanding and awareness of the wildlife, conservation and habitat protection programs and projects of MDIFW.
The Maine Wildlife Park has over 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, a fish hatchery and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open daily from April 19th through November 11th from 9:30am-4:30pm; visitors must leave the premises by 6:00pm.
Summer Wildlife Days events for May will include live raptors with Wind Over Wings May 10; Endangered/Threatened Species May 17, Friends of Maine Wildlife Park Annual Plant Sale Memorial Weekend May 24/25; and Archery with Bryant Pond 4-H Camp May 31st.
Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $5.00 ages 4-12; $7.00 for adults, and $5.00 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Bring a picnic and spend the day! Family and Community Season Passes are available, and are an incredible bargain for families and groups that visit the park several times over the course of the summer.
Remember that Family Passes make a great gift; and are available for purchase in the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s online store @ www.mefishwildlife.com.
For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at
207-657-4977; or visit us online at www.mainewildlifepark.com , www.mefishwildlife.com or on Facebook!
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
284 State Street
41 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333