Clara Nguyen of Chicago comes face to face with a black rat snake at the Garfield Park Conservatory last Wednesday. The snake was part of a Creatures of the Night exhibit, showcasing nocturnal animals such as snakes, bats, an owl and others. Had Nguyen got into a staring contest with the snake, she would have blinked first because snakes don’t have eyelids.

-DAVID PIERINI/Staff photographer