Out & About San Diego with Jim Frimmer, Your Mission Valley Realtor — Lizards and Snakes: Alive! at the San Diego Natural History Museum

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Lizards and Snakes: Alive!
at the
San Diego Natural History Museum

I don't mind lizards so much, but I'm really not a big fan of snakes. However, as long as the snakes are behind glass, I can at least tolerate them.

Over at the San Diego Natural History Museum is an exhibit running through April 3, 2011, called Lizards and Snakes: Alive! Yes, I did go, and yes, the exhibit was well worth it, especially since you pay to get into the Museum, so you also get to see all of their many other exhibits, the permanent displays and the touring exhibits, such as All that Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals.

If you get a little squeamish looking at pictures of lizards and snakes, skip this post and click on All that Glitters to see some beautiful butterflies worth many thousands of dollars.

Be forewarned!

First up is the hind end of a gecko lizard:


Look at those toes! That little guy was stuck to the glass with those toes, upside down at that. Here is the same litttle guy's head:


This next one is a snake, the cabon viper. Look closely or you'll miss him.


Vipers are venomous snakes and most of them have live young. According to Wikipedia, all vipers have more than 100 young ones at a time. Yoweee! Here is a closer look at the cabon viper's head:


This next one is the red spitting cobra, also a venomous species. It was a very beautiful red, and according to Wikipedia, it actually sprays its venom (I guess that could be called spitting) which, if it gets in your eyes, can cause intense pain and blindness.


Our next one is either a coral snake or a milk snake. Do you know which? I'll tell you after the picture because I didn't know either.


According to Wikipedia, coral snakes have the most potent venom of any North American snake, followed by the Mojave rattlesnake.

The easy way to tell the difference between a milk snake and a coral snake is by the bands. In coral snakes, the yellow band will be the thinnest. In the milk snake, the black band will be the thinnest.

Looked at a different way, if the red and yellow bands are separated by a black band, it's a milk snake and you're okay. If the red and yellow bands touch each other, it's a coral snake. Steer clear. Also memorize this little rhyme for coral snakes and the red and yellow bands together: "Red and yellow will kill a fellow."

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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim so the live Gecko is not as green as in the insurance commercial:))

Nov 17, 2010 01:41 PM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Great photos;  I remember "red and yellow will kill a fellow" from Girl Scouts.  Too bad this wasn't a quiz! LOL

Nov 17, 2010 03:28 PM #2
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi Jim, great pics of the zoo life.  That gecko is adorable with the little sucker cups at the end of its toes, and the eyes are marvelous.

Nov 17, 2010 03:32 PM #3
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

The gecko has such interesting eyes. Great photos, Jim! Hope your heart rate is back to normal now.



Nov 18, 2010 12:39 AM #4
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Jim,

Love the lizzards, not fond of snakes personally; however, I know many would disagree. Sounds like a perfect way to spend the day at the San Diego History Museum.

Nov 18, 2010 05:28 AM #5
Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers

Hi Jim. It’s been years since I visited the San Diego Natural History Museum. I think it would a fun to spend the day there with my wife. Thanks for the tip!

Nov 18, 2010 07:12 AM #6
Heather Tawes Nelson
Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ

Love the little gecko toes. These are great pictures and we will be sure to stop by the Natura History Museum the next time we are in SD.

Nov 18, 2010 03:24 PM #7
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Hi Jim:  My boys have an Albino Corn Snake that gets lost in the house every so oftern.  It's just a baby and seems to always stay in their part of the house so I don't worry anymore. 

Nov 19, 2010 01:30 PM #8
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jim, great photos, although not my favorite subject matter.  I am not a huge fan of snakes, but I still liked the post.  Very well done with good information on the Milk Snake.  I was going to make a Geico crack, but it is late, and I can't think of a good one to make!

Nov 19, 2010 05:59 PM #9
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Hi Jim!  I like the little gecko......he's pretty neat.  My husband hates lizards.  He says they are miniature dinosaurs.

Nov 20, 2010 09:01 AM #10
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.

I’m trying to catch up on my posts to see if anyone had a question or if there are some comments that need a response. If so, I’ll respond in a comment below this one.

Also remember that I return comment for comment, so I'll be by your blogs to read and comment soon. I'm exactly 30 days behind right now, but I usually catch up during Thanksgiving and Christmas, so you'll definitely hear from me soon.

And if you need a cat book for Christmas for that special cat person in your life — even yourself if you're your own special cat person in your life! — I can highly recommend “The Cat Lover’s Book of Days,” by our own ActiveRain Member Peg Silloway. It's a book that you can use year after year, and never get tired of, because there are no years in it, only days. It's great!

Nov 22, 2010 02:29 PM #11
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Interesting information.  I didn't know the red cobra could spray its venom.  Great shots!

Nov 27, 2010 09:34 AM #12
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