ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Meet Tic Tac, one of the many snakes you can find at Tanglewood Nature Center!

Tic Tac is a female corn snake native to the southern and central parts of the United States. While her species is not as common in the Twin Tiers, they are part of the Colubridae family. Similar snakes seen in the Twin Tiers are rat snakes, milk snakes and -- perhaps the most well-known type -- garter snakes.

Corn snakes are harmless, non-venomous constrictors who love to eat rodents. In fact, their name is based on their diet, as they love to frequent greeneries, rural areas and any other common place to catch mice. 

As the winter season continues, Tanglewood Nature Center is holding its Winter Wiggles every first and third Wednesday of the month. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,  kids can come relax in the center's auditorium, read a story and meet an animal guest. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, guests will have the chance to meet Nina the Chinchilla. The event is free, and no RSVP is required.

The center will also be continuing its drop-in program on the last Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. From January to March, guests ages five and up can enrich and expand on STEM standards through outdoor hands-on exploration. The theme for the program on Jan. 31 is Mad Science Experiments. Each session costs $5 for families who are members of Tanglewood and $10 for families who are not members. Cash is preferred, and families can pay at the door. Preregistration is not required, but the center does appreciate it.

Tanglewood also encourages community members to enter its Win for Wildlife raffle. Tickets are on sale until February 25th with prizes of $250, $500 and $1000. Tickets can be purchased at our building or on the center's website through a donation.