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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:00 am

What do a slow tortoise, slick snake and lazy lizard have in common? They all lived in the Valley before we did.

During the Reptile Round-up early next year, children can learn more about these desert dwellers as neighbors during an entertaining and educational wildlife presentation at Chandler's Environmental Education Center.

Philip Rakoci, a naturalist and humorist who is known as Wildman Phil, will teach children about animal defenses, life cycles, and respect for wildlife and the environment.

The presentations are 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. to noon, Jan. 5, with a registration fee of $6 for Chandler residents and $9 for non-residents. Children under age 2 are admitted free with a paid adult. Space is limited.

The Environmental Education Center is located at Veterans Oasis Park, on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. Register online at or in person.

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