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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Discover why “Creepy Creatures” are Nothing to Fear

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

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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:

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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:

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Pumpkin the Pueblan Milk Snake

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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:

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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:

The District Wharf GRAND RE-OPENING Festival!

October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The District Wharf, 690 Maine Ave SW
Washington DC

Petoberfest!

October 14 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 15200 Potomac Town Place
Woodbridge, VA 22191 

Reptiles Alive! at the National Museum of the Marine Corps Halloween Festival

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

Halloween Carnival “Creepy Reptiles Alive!”

October 28 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St.
Falls Church, VA

Halloween Event in Woodbridge 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.