Snakes in a library

A man showed up at Spring Lake District Library on Tuesday afternoon with the pelts of dead animals and some live ones, too. With the display and his informative talk, Doug Wright - an interpretive naturalist from the Outdoor Discovery Center - kept about 130 elementary school-age children and their parents entertained for an hour during spring break week. Wright first showed off several animal pelts, then pulled a live 6-foot black rat snake out of a sack and let it slither around his arm as he strolled around the room.
Mark Brooky
Apr 7, 2011


“He’s a pretty friendly snake,” Wright said as he let the kids touch the snake’s skin.

Wright also had a gray tree frog, an American kestrel falcon and two turtles — a native-to-Michigan painted and a red-eared slider.

Tracy McMartin of Spring Lake brought her three daughters to the presentation. All three girls — Sarah, 5; and 8-year-old twins, Hannah and Rachel — are Holmes Elementary School students and all three said they liked the colorful falcon the best.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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