EVER PET A PYTHON

April 17, 2002 11:00 pm
RIVERIA SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE GIVEN A HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN... (The Observer/laura Mackie-hancock).
RIVERIA SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE GIVEN A HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN... (The Observer/laura Mackie-hancock).

Riveria School children were given a hands-on opportunity to learn about reptiles when the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry brought its "Brad's World of Reptiles" show to the school Wednesday. Holding a Burmese python are, from right, Jennifer Martin, Alex Benson, Dylan Hamilton, Rebecca Coles and Erica Rogers. The snake, which grows to a length of about 20 feet, feeds on small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and even fish. As with other snakes, the python's loosely hinged jaws can be stretched far apart, enabling it to swallow animals with bodies much larger in diameter than the python's head.