Preschoolers love learning about animals and wildlife. But learning about animals and wildlife isn’t something you can fully grasp in a book. We introduced our little ones to reptiles the best way we know how – by coming face to face with reptiles at the Reptile Discovery Center in DeLand. There is no better way to learn than by a first-hand experience with these scaly creatures.
What Is A Reptile?
Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates (meaning they have backbones). Reptiles are known for having dry scaly skin or bony plates, and for laying eggs. Reptiles include snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and birds.
Teach Children To Respect Reptiles
Snakes are feared around the world, (including of course by parents). Many times a parent’s own negative attitude towards snakes impacts the child’s attitude toward snakes. But the last thing we want is for our children to be phobic and fear all snakes and reptiles, which is why learning about dangerous snakes in a safe environment was a great platform to open a discussion with our kids about respecting reptiles. After all, snakes play a role in balancing the ecosystem and are a natural form of pest control. In some cultures, snakes are even thought of as good fortune. So we decided to experience The Reptile Discovery Center.
Meet A Reptile
The Reptile Discovery Center celebrates the diversity, beauty, and unique adaptations of dozens of the world’s most dangerous and exotic snakes. The unique facility, nestled in DeLand, exposes visitors to a wide variety of reptile species including a thirteen-foot king cobra and a fourteen-foot burmese python.
There are also a variety of turtles, lizards, and even a very large alligator! Along with observing the reptiles up close, one of the best parts of the Reptile Discovery Center are the informative descriptions of the animals. This made it easy for our little ones to learn as we toured and ask questions about each reptile.
Explore The Nature Walk
The Nature walk on the property is a must-do as it combines every child’s two loves: the outdoors and animals. Around every corner are more reptiles enclosed in their natural environments for your child to observe, including rhino iguanas, tortoises, alligators, and more.
Even the most lively and engaging book can only teach so much. So next time you want to foster your child’s appreciation for wildlife and reptiles, checkout the Reptile Discovery Center. It will be a memorable and unique experience for the entire family.
Looking for more fun things to do with kids? Checkout our Guide To Daytona Beach Children’s Museums