Annual Reptile Festival at Oxbow Meadows March 9

COLUMBUS, GA. - Live native and exotic snakes, lizards, turtles and other reptiles will take center stage at Columbus State University’s eighth annual Reptile Festival from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus.

Event-goers also can take in an alligator demonstration, pose for a souvenir photo with a live python and enter their reptile pets for a $1 fee in the “Hiss Columbus Pageant.” In its second year as part of the festival, the pageant is open to non-venomous snakes, lizards and turtles.

In another contest, visitors can help name Oxbow’s resident Eastern Cottonmouth snake, as the winning entry will be announced at the Columbus Cottonmouths’ March 11 home hockey game.

Additional children’s activities will include crafts, games, a scavenger hunt, temporary reptile tattoos and hot dogs and refreshments will be sold to benefit CSU’s Beta Beta Beta biology honor society.

Admission is $2 per person and free for children under age 4. Oxbow Meadows is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Road. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to