Meanwhile, yesterday was T. rex's 107th birthday. I would have posted about it sooner, but wasn't around a computer almost all day.
Yesterday, one of the places we went was Serpent Safari in the Gurnee Mills mall. Here's some photos from my phone (excuse poor quality, it IS a phone camera).
I hate to jump on the train in saying that reptiles are practically like dinosaurs, but my God, this snapping turtle is just too huge and old to resist. The turtle has to be at least 5ft long, is 30.5in in diameter, and is more than 150 years old. You can see a bullethole in the shell; when they found the turtle, the bullet dated back to the Civil War. Given its monstrous size (the shell alone is longer than my arm), I'd believe it.
A green iguana breaks all the rules by being fire-orange-red. The tour guide said it could have taken decades to achieve this colour through selective breeding.
I absolutely love turtles; especially the freshwater ones. Fly River turtles (or pig-nosed turtles) are definitely my favorite and this little one was pretty photogenic.
The world's largest living python is shown here; nearly 26ft long and 395lbs. The biggest one ever was 401lbs. This small menagerie of reptiles also had a Nile crocodile, a lavender tiger reticulated python, an albino and normal alligator, two more pythons, a tegu, and several monitor lizards; those pictures didn't turn out as well.