Reptile fest Sunday at Oxbow

Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host its eighth annual Reptile Festival on Sunday, March 9.

The festival, which will feature live native and exotic snakes, lizards, turtles and other reptiles, will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the center on South Lumpkin Road.

Participants can take part in an alligator demonstration, pose for a photo with a live python and enter a contest to help name Oxbow's resident Eastern Cottonmouth snake. The winning entry will be announced at the Columbus Cottonmouth's March 11 home hockey game.

Event goers are also encouraged to enter their own reptilian pets in the "Hiss Columbus Pageant." The entry fee is $1 and the contest in open to non-venomous snakes, lizards and turtles.

Additional activities will include crafts, games, a scavenger hunt and temporary reptile tattoos. 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. For more information, call 706-687-4090.