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With visit to Jennings Lodge complete, reptiles to appear in most classrooms by end of January

Last month, bearded dragons, sand snakes and tegu lizards visited Candy Lane Elementary School in Jennings Lodge, a bilingual magnet program in the Oregon City School District.

COURTESY PHOTO - Students at Candy Lane Elementary School in Jennings Lodge, a bilingual magnet program in the Oregon City School District, pet a snake through an OMSI program.While elementary students watched, the presenter from OMSI's mobile outreach, Melissa Scubelek, brought out each reptile and told stories about them. Students asked questions such as, "Why does the tegu, named Tango, have a V-shaped tongue?" or "Do reptiles blink?" While letting students pet the creatures, Scubelek walked around the room and responded to questions.

Fifth grader Diego Uriostegui's favorite reptile visitor was the kingsnake, a common harmless variety in the United States and Mexico. When asked what he liked best about the OMSI visit, he replied, "I didn't know there were so many different kinds of reptiles." The reptile visitor with the most votes as favorite was Tango the tegu.

OMSI's statewide outreach van will arrive at all elementary and middle schools in Oregon City between now and early January so that each student will be able to enjoy these creatures.


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