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Python Ron to bring snakes, to library
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Python Ron McGee in 2016 showing off his largest reptile. - photo by Jeff Benziger

Python Ron McGee will be returning to local library branches to entertain and educate children with his educational exhibit of slithering and crawling creatures.

The free event includes up-close and personal interactions with a variety of exotic creatures.

Last Wednesday he brought his show to the Hughson Library. He will be taking his snake collection to the Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Python Ron will also be appearing at the Ceres Library, 2250 Magnolia St., at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

McGee traces back his interest in snakes back to his childhood growing up in Snelling where he was encouraged to go out and trap bugs in a jar. He suggested that kids should never be scared of a bug or snake and kill it, citing the environmental benefits of each one. For example, many snakes keep down the rodent population and a Praying Mantis is great at gobbling up black widow spiders. When showing a corn snake, he noted they can eat 300 to 500 rats in a lifetime.

In years past McGee has displayed such creatures as the tarantula, bearded dragon lizard, a large Black and White Tegu, Cayman Lizard, Asian Water Monitor Lizard, African spur tortoise, Ball python, Green Anaconda and Columbian Red-Tailed Boa.