By Ashley Rader
A select crew of reptiles paid a visit to the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library Tuesday, but they weren’t there to find the latest book to read.
They were part of an educational program presented by Roan Mountain Seasonal Ranger Brian Glover for the library’s Summer Reading Program.
However, the finer points of their appearance, eating and hunting habits weren’t what struck young reader Zackary LaRoche.
“The snakes are wicked awesome,” he said.
Roan Mountain State Park hosts a snake education program that also does off-site sessions for the community. The program strives to provide general information and disprove several myths about the reptiles.
For the program at the library, Glover brought a milk snake, a corn snake named Jake and a ball python named Mitch to display to the young readers. Glover tells participants some of the basic details about the snakes in the region and throughout Tennessee.
“I want them to feel more comfortable with snakes when the program is over,” Glover said. “I want them to see that snakes aren’t out to get them. They serve an important role in nature, for us and for animals.”
During the presentation, Glover provided information about the snakes and gave the children the opportunity to touch and hold a snake if they wanted to.