We are having a spring full of changes here at Reptiles Alive LLC. We are welcoming some great new animals into our animal star collection and a great new animal keeper to help care for our critters – new and old.
Coming out of quarantine this month are two new snakes: Sunglow the albino boa constrictor and Pumpkin the Pueblan milk snake. At Reptiles Alive LLC we quarantine our new animals for at least 3 months before taking them to public events. During this time, the new animals are given thorough health checks and evaluated for temperament. We want to be sure the animals we bring to our education programs are healthy and relaxed before we take them out into public. Look for Sunglow and Pumpkin to begin starring in shows this month.
We also received two new animals that will be starting their quarantine period. A young tegu lizard and an American toad have just joined our collection. We have named the new toad “Toad Truck” and are thinking of naming the tegu “Alex” since we adopted him from the Alexandria Animal Welfare League (AWLA).
Joanne Fujito, a full-time animal nurse at Southpaws Emergency Veterinary Clinic, has joined our animal keeper staff as a back up keeper. Jo brings with her a tremendous amount of experience caring for and handing all kinds of animals and we are very excited to have her assisting in the care of the Reptiles Alive animals.
On sad note, we said a final goodbye to a long time animal team member. Our water monitor lizard Splash was euthanized at the beginning of the month because of severe arthritis. He was at least 15 years old- possibly older. We received him from the AWLA back in 2006 when he was found stuck in a drain pipe in Old Town Alexandria, VA. He was very curious, intelligent, and had a great personality. All of the RA staff that met him have a special place in their heart for this awesome lizard. Splash – you will be missed.