Reptiles Alive LLC 2013 Annual Wildlife Exhibitor Report

Another great year has slithered on by here at Reptiles Alive.   New people, new animals, and exciting new projects are all a part of the past 12 months.

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As always, we presented lots of fantastic educational reptile programs.  Reptiles Alive wildlife educators presented a total of 790 programs reached approximately 49,400 people from October 2012 through October 2013.  We visited schools, scout meetings, summer camps, libraries,  and lots of fun birthday parties.  Special events that featured our shows included:  Celebrate Fairfax; Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival; Clean Fairfax Earth Day/Arbor Day; Northern Virginia Community College Earth Day Festival; Rockville Town Center Family Night; Reston Association’s Nature Fair; and so many other fabulous festivals and events we can’t list them all here.  For a list of all our upcoming public event shows, visit our public event page.

Our director Caroline Seitz was featured along with some native snakes on TV on Fox 5’s Morning News .  She took the opportunity to show viewers the difference between adult and juvenile Eastern (black) rat snakes.  We hope that at least a few people who saw the TV spot will remember that just because a snake has a pattern, that does not mean it is necessarily a copperhead – and that either way, the best thing to do if you see a snake, is to just leave that snake alone.  You can see the TV spot on our homepage.

Two new people have joined the RA team in the last year.

DSCN0247Stephen Maddox (SidewinderStephen) joined our staff in April as an animal keeper and is now also part of our wildlife educator team.  He brings with him a love of reptiles and the achievement of being an Eagle Scout!  Look for him at birthday parties, camps, and of course — Scout meetings. Read more about him at  SidewinderStephen

John White is our new webmaster.  He has years of experience building and maintaining websites and, best of all, he has been a reptile expert for even longer.  He is currently in the process of developing an entirely new website for Reptiles Alive which we are hoping to unveil at the end of 2013.

New animals that have joined us include:

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Two Australian Green Treefrogs were donated to us from a former staff member;  a young blue tongue skink and an eastern king Snake which were both donated to us from clients; two marbled salamanders were transferred to us from Long Branch Nature Center;  an adorable baby savannah monitor lizard which was rescued and rehabilitated by a veterinary technician who then transferred it to us; and an equally adorable western hognose snake who came to us from our friend and colleague Becky Shore of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

 

In addition to working on the new website, we are also working on updating our teacher’s guides to each of our assembly programs.  With the help of Amaya (AlligatorAmaya) Perez, we hope to have helpful guides for all of our different assemblies coming with the new website.  We are also working on expanding the content of our website’s Teachers’ Page and Kids’ Page.  If you have any suggestions or requests for what you would like to see on either of these pages we would love to hear them.  Email your suggestions to reptilesalive@gmail.com

Thank you all sssso much for helping to make reptile education come alive!

 

Reptiles Alive! LLC 2013 Animal Inventory
 
African Spurred Tortoise 1 Geochelone sulcata
American Alligator 2 Alligator missipiensis
American Toad 2 Bufo americanus americanus
Australian Green Treefrog 2 Litoria caerulea
Ball Python 1 Python regius
Bearded Dragon 2 Pogona vitticeps
Blue Tongue Skink 3 Teliqua scincoides
Boa Constrictor 4 Boa constrictor constrictor
Bull Frog 2 Rana catesbeiana
Burmese Python 1 Python molurus bivittatus
California King Snake 2 Lampropeltis getula californiae
Central Asian Tortoise 1 Testudo horsefieldi
Cope’s Gray Treefrog 3 Hyla chrysoscelis
Crested Gecko 1 Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Corn Snake 2 Pantherophis guttatus
Earthworm 25+ Eisenia fetida
Eastern Box Turtle 1 Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern King Snake 1 Lampropeltis getula
Eastern Rat Snake 1 Pantherophis obsoletus
Eastern Snapping Turtle 1 Chelydra serpintena serpentina
Garden Slug 5 Limax maximus
Green Iguana 2 Iguana iguana
Haitian Brown Tarantula 1 Phormictophis cancerides
Haitian Cockroach 25 + Blaberus sp.
Honduran Milk Snake 2 Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis
House Cricket 1000 Acheta domestica
Kenyan Sand Boa 1 Eryx colubrinus loveridgei
Leopard Gecko 1 Eublepharis macularius
Leopard Tortoise 1 Geochelone pardalis
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches 25+ Gromphadorina portentosa
Malagasy Giant Hognose Snake 1 Leioheterodon madagascarensis
Marbled Salamander 2 Ambystoma opacum
Mealworm 1000 Tenebrio molitar
Nelson’s Milksnake 1 Lampropeltis triangulum nelsonii
Northern Diamondback Terrapin 1 Malaclemys terrapin
Pacific Gopher Snake 1 Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Prehensile-tailed Skink 1 Corucia zebrata
Savannah Monitor Lizard 1 Varanus exanthematicus
Spiny Softshell Turtle 1 Apalone spinifera
Spotted Salamander 1 Ambystoma maculatum
Spotted Turtle 1 Clemmys guttata
Sudan Plated Lizard 1 Gerrhosaurus major
Tegu Lizard 2 Tupinambis teguixin
Uromastyx Lizard 1 Uromastyx acanthurus
Water Monitor Lizard 1 Varanus salvator
Western Hognose Snake 1 Heterodon nasicus
White Line Gecko 1 Gecko vittatus
Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle 1 Podocnemis unifilis

 

 

 

Creature Feature: Kenyan Sand Boa

Kenyan Sand Boa

Eryx colubrinus loveridgei

Reptiles Alive Name: “Tremors”

Hissstory: A friend of Caroline’s donated Tremors to Reptiles Alive in March of 1997.

RA Diet: Defrosted frozen mice.kenyan_sand_boa

Natural Diet: Sand boas eat small mammals and lizards.  When food is scarce, sand boas may live over a year without any food at all.

Range: Kenyan sand boas are found in Northeast Africa.

Habitat: Sand boas are found in hot, dry deserts.

Size: Sand boas are some of the smallest boa species on Earth.  They typically grow only 1-2 feet long.

Reproduction: Sand boas give live birth to 7-10 young after a gestation period of about four months.

Lifespan: Sand boas can live over 15 years.  Tremors was born in 1997 – and he is still in great shape!

Cool Facts: The eyes and nostrils of the sand boa are on the top of the head so they can breath and search the surface for prey while the rest of their body lies hidden beneath the sand.

Creature Feature: Giant Madagascar Hognose Snake

Giant Madagascar Hognose Snake

Leioheterodon madagascariensis

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Reptiles Alive Name: “Mr. Leo Heterodon”

Hissstory: Mr. Leo was a pet in Chincoteague, VA until his owner did not want him anymore.  He was sent to a reptile rescue group in western Virginia where, in 2002, we adopted him.

RA Diet: Mr. Leo loves to dine on frozen and then defrosted medium to large sized rats.  Delicioussssssssssss!

Natural Diet: Madagascar hognose  snakes in the wild will eat small mammals, amphibians, and possibly small birds.

Range: Madagascar

Habitat: Madagascar hognose snakes are found in mountain forests at low altitudes, coastal areas, and grasslands often near water and human habitation.  They spend most of their time hiding in shallow burrows or rocky crevices.

Size: Madagascar hognose snakes can grow over 5 feet long and are very heavy-bodied.

Life Span: Madagascar hognose snakes can live over 20 years.

Reproduction: The females snakes lay 6-12 eggs.  The young hatch in 60-80 days and are about 12 inches long.

Conservation: Habitat loss is a major threat to most animals found in Madagascar.

Cool Facts: Giant Madagascar hognose snakes are opistoglyphous, which means they have fangs in the back of their mouth.  Their mild venom is not dangerous to humans, but it helps them catch their prey.  When Madagascar hognose snakes are threatened, they hiss loudly and can flatten their neck – like a cobra!

Lesson Session – The Blind Naturalist

This is a great lesson to teach students about their senses and how valuable they are in their observations.

Grade Levels: K-5

deer_jawDiscussion:

Naturalists use all their senses to explore the world. This activity encourages students to describe objects using their sense of touch.

Discuss how a scientist may use their different senses to learn things about the natural world with the class.

For example many ornithologists, bird researchers, study bird songs to learn more about the animals. Botanists use their sense of smell to learn more about plants. Ask students for more examples.

Materials:

cardboard boxes with hand sized hole cut in one side
various natural objects that are interesting to touch
(snake shed, pine cone, skull, feathers, fur, large seed pods, turtle shell are a few examples)

Activity:

Place a different object in each one of the boxes. Make sure the boxes are closed and the hole is located on the side of the box. Sometimes it is a good idea to tape a piece of paper on the top of the box to discourage students from looking into the box through the hole cut in the side. Write a number on each of the boxes so the students may reference them on their paper.

Each student takes turns touching the objects in the boxes. No talking, peeking, or showing each other what they have written!

They then write down a description of each object. Was it rough, smooth, hard, soft, big, small, bumpy? Encourage the children to be as detailed as possible. Have the children guess what is in each of the boxes. To add time to the activity, ask each student to try and draw what is in the boxes by feel alone.

Closure:

Have a class discussion about their experiences. Have the students share descriptions of the objects. What did they learn about each object by touching it?

Reveal each of the objects. Were any of the students correct? How did seeing the object compare to how it felt? What would the benefits be for a scientist to use all his senses when learning about something?

 

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"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!"

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"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" 

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