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LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Right, Devon Knappenberger held a hognose snake from Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center and walked around the room letting children, like Aiden Reinhart, get a close up view of it at Palmerton Area Library's kick-off to the summer reading program.
Katherine Uhler, director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehaibilitation and Education Center, brought different animals of the night to the Palmerton Area Library's kick-off of the summer reading program.
Devon Knappenberger helped Uhler by holding a hognose snake and walked around the room letting children, like Aiden Reinhart, get a close up view of it.
Uhler said the hognose was a safe snake and it was called that because it's head is shaped like the nose a pig. She pointed out that it sticks its tongue out because it's a sensor.
This part of Pennsylvania has two dangerous snakes, the copperhead and the rattlesnake.
She also brought along a box turtle, which she says were once very plentiful in the area but are now very rare.
"It's against the law to take them home."
She also brought along a baby skunk (dogs are the most sprayed animal because dogs greets other dogs and animals by sniffing their behinds and when they try to do that to skunks...
She showed the children two baby possums and explained they are marsupials, with the young living in a pouch until weaned.
The Summer Reading activities for kids are happening on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Preschool Circle Time which features stories, songs, and rhythm instruments for 3 and 4 year olds is on Thursdays and grades K-6 in on Fridays, featuring puppets and crafts for the younger kids and stories and games for the older kids. The activities are free and open to everyone.