Repairing Reptiles: Exploring Animal Prosthesis and Regeneration - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Repairing Reptiles: Exploring Animal Prosthesis and Regeneration

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Thu, Sep 8, 2022
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
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What We’ll Do

Can an alligator swim without a tail? How do you fix a tortoise's cracked shell? Can iguanas really grow new limbs? In this live, virtual experience with the Phoenix Herpetological Society, we'll learn all about limb regeneration, animal prosthesis, and other methods of caring for rescued reptiles!

On our virtual visit to PHS' sanctuary, we'll hear the story of Mr. Stubbs, the first and only alligator in the world with a prosthetic tail! We'll get to examine this artificial appendage and hear how advances in 3D scanning and printing technology helped Mr. Stubbs get back to his regular alligator activities.

While Mr. Stubbs himself is a bit camera shy, we will get to meet some of the other fascinating reptilian residents of PHS including iguanas, snakes, and tortoises. While we admire the beauty of these creatures, our PHS educator will discuss the places these animals are native to, what they eat, and how they wound up at the sanctuary.  

As a culturally "scary" animal, educating the public about reptiles is extremely important to PHS. Reptiles play a huge role in our ecosystems and we have so many things to learn from them.

So don't be afraid, come make some new reptilian friends!


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About Your Host
Phoenix Herpetological Society
Phoenix Herpetological Society

The Phoenix Herpetological Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native and non-native reptiles through education, rehabilitation, rescue, and relocation. The Society operates on a 2½ acre rescue and rehabilitation center with an onsite reptile clinic and research center located in northern Scottsdale.  A dedicated team of over 20 individuals volunteer regularly to maintain the sanctuary and care for hundreds of reptiles housed at the facility.  PHS works with state and federal wildlife officials and law enforcement to care for and house unwanted or seized reptiles from across the U.S..

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