People Love Reptiles Alive on YELP!

2017 was great year for the animal stars (and people stars, too!) and Reptiles Alive! We performed our reptile shows at TONS of libraries, schools, daycare centers and birthday parties. We also adopted two new reptile cast members: Pumpkin the Pueblan Milk Snake, and Grayson, the Gray-Banded King Snake. We even added a new staff member to our ranks: Joanne Fujito our newest relief keeper. And we’re looking forward to an amazing new year, with tons of public shows to attend and a potential new school program in the works. We are excited to say that 2018 is already shaping up to be a ssssssspectacular year for Reptiles Alive.

We received some amazing news from Yelp, the website and app that allows customers to review local businesses. Reptiles Alive is one of the recipients of the “People Love Us on Yelp” award for 2017. It takes a lot to put on a great live-animal show, and we do it because we’re passionate about our animals and about educating the public in a fun and engaging way. We love seeing the smiles on our audience’s faces, and hearing the “ooh’s” and “ah’s” of a crowd that just learned something REALLY cool about their favorite reptile.

Here are some of the amazing reviews from our Yelp page:

What an awesome party they threw! ‘Lizard Liz’ did an amazing job with a group of 22 kids ranging from 3 to 8. She fielded their millions of questions and kept their attention the entire time. All the kids loved the different reptiles and I especially loved Liz recommended a family picture with the main attraction, the albino boa constrictor!” – Danielle J

Reptiles Alive did a 45-minute show for my son’s 7th Birthday Party.  Liz brought lizards, snakes, turtles, and a frog, and the kids had a blast learning about the different animals and petting all but the frog.  She was incredibly patient, answering everyone’s questions and listening to all of their stories.  The highlight of the experience was my son being the “star” of the show and helping Liz carry each animal from friend to friend.” – T. M.

Tony did a GREAT show for our 3 and 5 year old birthday boys and their 20 friends. The show was engaging, funny, very informative, and just what we were looking for. All of the adults loved the mission, using unwanted pets to teach kids something, and the party was a big hit. Thanks Tony!” – Joe K.

Awards like these couldn’t be won without the support of our clients, so we wanted to take the time to say “Thank You” from the whole Reptiles Alive team. With ZERO negative reviews on Yelp, it is clear that we’re doing something right. And reviews like the ones you’ve all posted are what help potential customers find us and feel confident that Reptiles Alive is the best live-animal show in the area. In the digital age, 88% of people include reviews in their final purchasing or booking decisions, so sites like Yelp, and Facebook are integral to getting the word out about our shows.

Being named one of the winners of the “People Love Us On Yelp” award is an honor that cannot be purchased or requested and the list is curated annually to give recognition to the companies and businesses that give their market audience a consistent and high-quality customer experience. We at Reptiles Alive are humbled by this award and will strive to receive this honor for many years to come.

Reptiles Alive LLC 2017 Year in Review

Reptiles Alive LLC 2017 Year in Review

Once again, we had a ssssuper year here at Reptiles Alive!

Between September 30, 2016 through October 1, 2017 we presented 764 educational live reptile shows to reach an estimated 58,560 people.

Kids and parents had wild fun at all the birthday party shows we presented:

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ReptileRachel with Sunflower the albino boa constrictor and a very happy birthday boy!

 

And of course, we had a ton of fun educating students at school assemblies and summer camp programs:

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Students enjoy a hands-on Reptile Meet and Greet after the show.

 

As always, we presented at many of the area libraries, parks, fairs, and special events:

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CobraCaroline along with Janis the leopard tortoise presenting a live reptile show for a library Summer Reading Program.

 

When not helping to educate folks at our outreach programs, our animals receive top notch care and enrichment from Keeper Liz:

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Tupinambis the tegu stays safe while enjoying the 2017 solar eclipse.

 

Some new faces joined the RA team in 2017:

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Grayson the gray banded kingsnake came to RA in 2017.

 

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Pumpkin the Pueblan Milk Snake joined the RA team in 2017.

 

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Newest RA staff member relief keeper Joanne Fujito and her bestie crestie.

 

We also had to say goodbye to some longtime animal team members this year:

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Splash the water monitor lizard will be missed!

 

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Mali the uromastyx lizard was one of the oldest animals at RA. So sad she is gone.

 

We are looking forward to an exciting new year which will include a ton of free public event shows and possibly,  a new school program offering. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email newsletter so you don’t miss any of the sssspectacular fun!

 

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Six Great Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers

Six Great Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers

Are you searching for gift ideas for the animal and reptile lovers in your life?  Here are 6 great animal related gift suggestions:

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Although cute, live turtles are not good gifts.

 

  1. Reptile TOYS & BOOKS – There are some very cool reptile toys out there that I would have LOVED to get when I was a kid.  Remote control cobras, anatomically correct plastic reptiles, plush and wooden reptiles and more can be found online and at many zoo gift stores, nature specialty stores, and science related stores.   Books featuring cold blooded critters are also a huge hit with reptile loving children.  Lots of great animal and nature related gifts can be found at Acorn Naturalists.
  2. “Adopt an animal” programs.  These programs offer people the chance to help with the conservation of wildlife. Most programs will send you pictures, updates, and natural history information about the animal you “adopted.” Two great adopt an animal programs include the World Wildlife Fund and the National Wildlife Federation.
  3. Nature journals are a great way to encourage children already excited about reptiles to learn more.  Purchase a special blank notebook/journal and help your child get started.  You can learn more about keeping a nature journal at our earlier post How To Keep a Nature Journal.
  4. Give “coupons” for reptile-related family field trips.   Trips to the zoo, nature center, museum, aquarium or park where you can search for reptiles and amphibians in the wild can all be part of the coupon book.  Remember to take pictures of animals you see, but not to touch or bother wild animals. You can then add these experiences and pictures into your nature journal.
  5. Gift subscriptions to reptile magazines and journals or a membership in a nature or reptile related club or society is a great gift for young herpetologists.  Most states and some local jurisdictions have herpetological societies that anyone can join. Two memberships that are great for animal loving families are the Virginia Herpetological Society  which offers fun field trips the whole family can enjoy and the Friends of the National Zoo  that offers many great benefits to DC area families.
  6. The gift of a live reptile show performed for a party, school, or other special event is a great way to give the opportunity to safely interact with live reptiles.  Most areas have at least one professional traveling animal show company, and if you are in the DC, MD, or VA region, you should, of course, hire Reptiles Alive!

 

One note we want to make is that in most situations, the gift of a live animal in not a good idea because the responsibility of caring for a living creature needs to be considered and prepared  for before getting a pet.  A live animal, whether a puppy, kitten, or snake, is requires a long term commitment of care, finances, space, and love, so please reconsider giving any animal as a gift.

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At Reptiles Alive, we do not recommend surprising anyone with a live animal gift.

From the team at Reptiles Alive to your family, we want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and a Merry New Year!

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Three Great Reasons to Give Thankssss to Snakes

Three Great Reasons to Give Thanksss to Snakes

When was the last time you said thanks to a snake? Not sure why we should be thankful for snakes?  Here are 3 great reasons:

  1. Snakes save people’s lives.  Really, it’s true.  Venom from copperheads, cobras, rattlesnakes and other species of venomous snakes is being used to create medicines that treat diseases including cancer and heart disease.  Black mamba venom, which affects the central nervous system, is being used in research to understand how Alzheimer’s’ and other neurological diseases might be treated in the future. Copperhead venom is currently being researched to find out if a component in the venom will stop breast cancer.
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    Venomous Copperhead Snake

  2.  Snakes help to prevent disease from spreading to people and pets.  Research has shown that areas with healthy populations of rodent-eating snakes have less occurrences of Lyme disease in humans.  Snakes help stop the spread of Lyme and other diseases (including the plague) because they consume the rats and mice that host ticks and fleas – the carriers of the disease.
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    Harmless Eastern Rat Snake

  3. Snakes are a friend to the farmer.  When you sit down to enjoy all the delicious turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, give thanks to snake.  Snakes help farmers by eating pests that can destroy crops.  Many snakes eat rodents which eat and/or contaminate grain crops that are used to feed humans and livestock (including turkeys!)  Some snakes eat slugs and insects that not only eat crops, but can also spread diseases to plants.
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    Harmless Eastern Garter Snake

Now that you know why we need to be grateful for snakes, when you sit down to dinner on Turkey Day, you can say: “Happy Thanksssssgiving!”

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We had a great experience with Reptiles Alive for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. Rachel arrived exactly on time, set up quickly, and immediately engaged the group of curious children. We had an impromptu dance party while waiting for last minute guests and Rachel was very accommodating. The children LOVED the show!! And my soon-to-be 11 year old wants them to come for his birthday! I highly recommend Reptiles Alive for your next event!read more

Kelly Maguire

Kelly Maguire

22:57 12 Mar 18

We just had Reptiles Alive come to our preschool and the kids loved it!! We had 4 shows over 2 days to accommodate all our children and everything went great! Caroline was very easy to work with and quick to respond to all my emails. She was our presenter too and was early each day and ready to go when the kids arrived. She really geared her show towards our audience (2-5yr olds) and had them laughing and answering her questions and touching the animals. It was perfect… we would definitely book them again!!read more

Lauren Dolinski

Lauren Dolinski

20:47 01 Mar 18

We booked Reptiles Alive for our son’s 7th birthday party. Miss Rachel put on an amazing show for the 20 kids we had over. The highlight was when my son and I had the chance to hold a long and surprisingly heavy boa constrictor named Sunflower. The show was both educational and fun for the kids, and it kept them captivated for a full hour – priceless!!read more

Rick Jandrain

Rick Jandrain

01:53 06 Feb 18

Rachel is an awesome instructor and very good with many kids. The reptiles were fascinating. This was a great birthday party for my daughter and her second grade class.read more

Robert McKeon

Robert McKeon

23:26 26 Feb 18

We invited Reptiles Alive for our birthday party. Ms. Rachel did a wonderful job to educate the kids about the fun facts of Reptiles and also kept them entertained and focused. It’s not a easy job facing a bunch of 7-year-old boys and 3-year-old preschoolers. We highly recommend Reptiles Alive show. It’s fun and full of knowledge!read more

Tianchan Niu

Tianchan Niu

22:09 17 Dec 17

We had Reptiles Alive join us for a country club event and they did an outstanding job! Ashley was amazing and so professional. She was very interactive with the children and played the role perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience!read more

Chelsea Barb

Chelsea Barb

20:20 28 Mar 18

We’ve been working with Reptiles Alive for the past 4 years now and they show up and show out every time. Everything from booking to the day of is efficient and friendly. At our past event, presenter Liz did 6 shows back to back for our campers, which is truly impressive and phenomenal. We will continue to work with Reptiles Alive for years to come and really appreciate the work and educating that they do!read more

Lydia Vanderbilt

Lydia Vanderbilt

21:09 05 Apr 18

Reptiles Alive gave an awesome show at our elementary school! The presenter was so much fun and really engaged the children. Very cool reptiles and a great interactive meet and greet at the end. The kids loved it!read more

Jonathan Grau

Jonathan Grau

14:52 07 Apr 18

I am in charge of grade level assemblies at our school and our 3rd grade has RA in for their Rain Forest show every year to reinforce the things they have learned about in class. This is my second year working with them and I have been absolutely thrilled with the interaction to book the event and with the presenters. They engage the kids and help make them a part of the show. I can’t say enough about this wonderful program and the amazing people that work there.read more

Kim Painter

Kim Painter

23:32 07 Apr 18

We love this show at our preschool!! The kids have so much fun and learn a lot! They are very organized and always start on time. We have always had a wonderful experience with Reptiles Alive and can’t wait to have them back again!read more

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones

15:06 20 Apr 18

Reptiles Alive LLC visited our 1st grade friends and did the “Reptiles Alive!” show. They exceeded all of our expectations and were excellent at keeping the students engaged. The students have talked about it for days after, even repeating some of the facts they have heard! I would highly recommend Reptiles Alive!read more

Brittney Gjorgjievski

Brittney Gjorgjievski

16:12 14 May 18

Reptiles Alive was a MAJOR hit at the Mattie Miracle Walk & Family Festival. Rachel was incredibly professional, engaging, and clearly loves what she does. She made the show and meet & greet fun for both kids and adults. Can’t wait to have Reptiles Alive back next year to our event. We received a lot of positive feedback from our guests and we were thrilled to see how well attended the show was at our event. Thank you Reptiles Alive!!!read more

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

01:58 22 May 18

Caroline did an awesome job for our kindergarten Reptiles Alive performance. She held their attention and told fun stories. The reptiles are so cool! Every time she introduced a new reptile, the kids were amazed. I recommend the “meet and greet” time as well. My students will never forget touching a boa constrictor! Thanks Reptiles Alive!read more

Michelle Baldwin

Michelle Baldwin

03:00 09 Jun 18

Reptiles Alive! came to our elementary school for a 3rd grade assembly. Nothing ruffles this organization — they can handle kids of all ages, big groups or small, and bring a *ton* of animals. They are engaging, age-appropriate and bring their own mic system so hearing is not a problem. I highly recommend the meet and greet afterward.read more

Stacey Evers

Stacey Evers

19:25 22 Jun 18

The show was a success, we had around 20 kids between 5-12. Lizzard Liz was great, she was able to keep all of them really interested. The reptiles were amazing, she even brought a small alligator and a boa constrictor.read more

florencia behrensen

florencia behrensen

14:39 02 Jul 18

Caroline at Reptiles Alive! always gives us the best show! It is fun and informative with a variety of reptiles each time she comes. We LOVE Reptiles Alive at Happy Faces Daycare in Centreville, VA!read more

Jessica Roberts

Jessica Roberts

13:56 12 Jul 18

Amazing 5-year old birthday party- Everyone loved the party, especially the birthday boy, who got to be the star of the show (besides the critters). Liz was on time, prepared, AMAZING at answering kids’ and adults’ questions, incredible breadth of knowledge, so good with the kids and animals, made the party fun, arrived on time, totally professional and courteous and an amazing ambassador of animals and representative of Reptiles Alive. We got to meet a few great snakes, a small alligator, a boa constrictor(!), tree frog, bearded dragon, gecko, and turtle.read more

Stacey R

Stacey R

12:55 30 Jul 18

This organization is great! They have a wide varieties of different shows that appeal to all types of audiences. The educators are very gentle with the animals and engaging with the students. Our educator, Caroline, was awesome! She spoke to the children in different voices, was very interactive, creative, and fun. The kids laughed and loved it. I also really liked the additional education that they provided us, as they told us about the origin of the animals that they were showing. It was also really nice to hear that not only the animals have big, safe, appropriate homes, but also that a great deal of their animals are rescues. I would highly recommend this show and we will definitely be booking them again in the future!read more

Mandi Ellis

Mandi Ellis

13:05 08 Aug 18

Had Reptile Alive for my son’s 5th birthday in October. The party was in Maryland. Paid the travel fee and the animals were there on time. The presenter was so nice et patient to my kids and his friends. She provided a lot of information and interacted very well with the crowd. She went beyond the show time and made sure my son had a good party. He loved it!! Loved the fact that he could hold most of the animals and that she even had some tasks for him!! I was very proud and I will recommend this company!! It was an awesome show!! Thank you!read more

Linda Nana

Linda Nana

14:55 11 Oct 18