Discover why “Creepy Creatures” are Nothing to Fear
Reptiles Alive LLC has been performing wildly exciting and educational live animal programs all over the DC area for more than 20 years. This Halloween season we will be performing our “Creepy Reptiles Alive” Show at many public and private events and I would like to introduce you to some of the “creepy” animal stars that you might meet.
“Mystique” the Blue Tongue Skink Lizard from Australia.
Mystique the Blue Tongue Skink
Blue tongue skinks utilize a unique survival strategy. When faced with a predator who may try to eat them (such as a dingo dog), blue tongue skinks will open their mouth wide, hiss loudly, and stick out their blue tongue! Many animals are frightened by this bizarre display and will run away from the skink. Of course, like most reptiles, blue tongue skinks are harmless to larger animals. They are not poisonous or venomous and their bite is only a pinch. Remember, many animals people consider “scary” are really not dangerous at all. The blue tongue skink is just a great pretender. Learn MORE about blue tongue skinks
“Snickers, Reese’s, Twizzler and Friends” the Madagascar Hissing Roaches:
Snickers (or Reese, or Twizzler?) the Madagascar Hissing Roach
Some people think roaches are creepy, but did you know Madagascar hissing roaches help give us coffee, vanilla, and chocolate? Roaches are “decomposers.” Like worms, they help create rich soil by consuming dead plants and creating compost. Without that rich soil, the plants that give us all those yummy treats would not have enough energy to produce them. You may not want to give a cockroach a hug or a kiss, but you should definitely thank them for many of the treats we get to enjoy this Halloween season. Learn MORE about Madagascar Hissing Roaches
“Candy Corn” the Corn Snake and “Pumpkin” the Pueblan Milk Snake:
Pumpkin the Pueblan Milk Snake
CandyCorn the Corn Snake
“Candy Corn” and “Pumpkin” are two examples of the many species of snakes we have at Reptiles Alive who help us educate the public on why snakes are not so scary and the ways snakes can even be helpful. Snakes help to keep us healthy by eating pest species like mice, rats, and insects that can spread disease and damage food crops. Most snakes are harmless and not dangerous at all to humans. Some snakes are venomous, and snake venoms are being used to create medicine to help people with heart disease, cancer, and other ailments. A venomous snake could help YOU some day! The best way to stay safe around a snake, whether it is harmless or venomous, is to just leave it alone. Snakes view humans as terrifying predators – so to a snake, YOU are a creepy creature! Learn MORE about Corn Snakes and Pueblan Milk Snakes
“Toad Truck” the American Toad:
Toad Truck the American Toad
American toads are animals we can find in the DC region and they are poisonous. When you think of poison, you typically think BAD, but for toads, poison is GOOD – they use it for protection so other animals, such as garter snakes, won’t eat them. American toads are common in the DC area and they do great work eating all sorts of bugs. It is estimated that an American toad can eat 10-20 thousand bugs a year. The poison is just there so other animals do not try to eat them. So if you see a toad, don’t try to eat it! Learn MORE about American Toads
Public Events Reptiles Alive will be Performing at this Halloween Season:
October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The District Wharf, 690 Maine Ave SW
October 14 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 15200 Potomac Town Place
Woodbridge, VA 22191
October 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle , VA 22172 United States
October 28 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St.
Falls Church, VA
October 31 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Potomac Mills Mall, 2700 Potomac Mills Circle
Woodbridge, VA 22192 United States
For more information on our public events, visit our Public Events Page or follow us on Facebook.