Using TV zoologist Mark O'Shea's photographs, and other exhibits, 'Slither', at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, explores the reality behind the myths about snakes.
The exhibition examines snake biology, evolution, camouflage, mimicry, warning colouration and more. Venomous snakes are investigated and there is a section on snakes in Britain. Wolverhampton-born Mark is the show's scientific advisor.
Using fossils, replicas, interactives and snake artefacts - the exhibition aims to demonstrate that man is much more of a threat to snakes than snakes are to man.
There will be no live snakes displayed at the exhibition. 'Slither' is at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, from Saturday June 24 until until August 26, 2006. Admission is free.
Mark O'Shea is one of the world's best known herpetologists whose TV shows regularly pop up on the Discovery and National Geographic channels. He's had hit prime-time series for Channel 4, Discovery and the Animal Planet channels.
His many accolades include a Millennium award from the Explorers Club of New York, alongside luminaries such as Buzz Aldrin, and an honorary doctorate of science from his alma mater, Wolverhampton University.
Mark said: "I am fascinated by the diversity of snakes, not just venomous ones but all of them as a group.
"I hope people come away from the exhibition with a greater understanding of snakes. They can remove pests such as rats and even control some of the animals that carry disease to man."
Mark will launch the exhibition on Saturday, June 24, between 12.30pm and 4.30pm, when he will chat about his favourite subject, read from his latest books - Handbook To Reptiles and Amphibians and Venomous Snakes of the World - and sign autographs.
The 'Animal Man' Roger Pearson, of the Natural History Lecture Service, will bring along non-venomous snakes for the launch day. Admission and activities are free.
Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 7DF.