PHOTO: ANIMAL PROGRAM
Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:25 am ANIMAL PROGRAM — “Red touches black, you can pat them on the back. Red touches yellow, he can kill a fellow.” This was just one of the lessons learned by the children who attended Bob Tarter’s program, “Desert Life Animals,” Monday as part of the Obion County Library’s Summer Reading Program. The wildlife enthusiast began his program showcasing a small, dangerous-looking vine-garoon, a type of whip scorpion native to the desert southwest. Tarter joked that the animal “only bites librarians.” He introduced his next animal, a king snake, which luckily had no red touching yellow. The program also featured a 25-pound African tortoise (above), a species that lives an average of 90 years and grows to 225 pounds; a black-tailed prairie dog puppy; and a Fennec fox, the smallest member of the canine family in the world. Tarter is a wildlife biologist who has owned and operated the Natural History Educational Company of the Mid-South for over five years and has performed his program in seven states. After his program, the children enjoyed cookies and lemonade in the park.