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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TESTIMONIALS

"It was fantastic and the whole party was into it. Tony was truly a wonderful educational presenter."

Rachel Karnes, Mom, Potomac Falls VA

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Rachel Karnes, Mom, Potomac Falls VA

"It was fantastic and the whole party was into it. Tony was truly a wonderful educational presenter."

"Thank you! The information provided to the kids was so educational and fun. I am a homeschool mom and the way the material was presented...

Patty Coote, Mom, Herndon VA

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Patty Coote, Mom, Herndon VA

"Thank you! The information provided to the kids was so educational and fun. I am a homeschool mom and the way the material was presented felt like we were at a fun event! The parents even remarked that they learned something. My son has a lifetime memory because of your program."

"Thank you for an incredible birthday party! All of the children had a wonderful experience. Caroline was so easy to work with and Tony did...

Marcie Blackstone, Mom, Clarksburg MD

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Marcie Blackstone, Mom, Clarksburg MD

"Thank you for an incredible birthday party! All of the children had a wonderful experience. Caroline was so easy to work with and Tony did a great job presenting to the kids!"

"Liz was great. She was prompt, organized, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Having her do the show in our home was effortless, entertaining, and overall a...

Tammy Berkon, Mom, Alexandria VA

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Tammy Berkon, Mom, Alexandria VA

"Liz was great. She was prompt, organized, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Having her do the show in our home was effortless, entertaining, and overall a wonderful experience for everyone!"

"I loved it so much. They teach you about the animals and you get to touch them! Rachel did a really wonderful job" 

Birthday girl and Mom, Chantilly VA

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Birthday girl and Mom, Chantilly VA

"I loved it so much. They teach you about the animals and you get to touch them! Rachel did a really wonderful job" 

"I am so glad we hired Reptiles Alive for my son's birthday. CobraCaroline and all her reptiles were a huge hit! All the kids loved...

Elizabeth Poppi, Mom, Reston VA

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Elizabeth Poppi, Mom, Reston VA

"I am so glad we hired Reptiles Alive for my son's birthday. CobraCaroline and all her reptiles were a huge hit! All the kids loved it! Even those who seemed a little reluctant were reaching out to pe the animals at the end. Caroline's energy and enthusiasm was contagious and we couldn't have asked for more!"

"The program was outstanding. Caroline was so knowledgeable and was able to teach the children at their level. She handled the animals very professionally and...

Joan L. Mancuso, Director Potomac Nursery School

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Joan L. Mancuso, Director Potomac Nursery School

"The program was outstanding. Caroline was so knowledgeable and was able to teach the children at their level. She handled the animals very professionally and the hands on experience for the children was well received. I would highly recommend this program--both for our age group (3-4 yr olds) and for elementary school children."
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