Animal Keeper & Wildlife Educator
Reptiles Alive Name: Lizard Liz
Hisstory: Lizard Liz grew up moving all over the country with a military family. Everywhere she lived, her favorite pastime was exploring nature and learning about animals. She went to college at the University of New Hampshire to study Wildlife Conservation. During her college career she spent her summers working as a camp counselor or naturalist at several different locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. She knew that she wanted to be an educator and to work with animals so when Reptiles Alive offered her an educator and keeper position, she jumped at the chance to start her career!
RA Diet: Lizard Liz will typically eat very lightly, often just an apple or some carrots.
Natural Diet: Anything that isn’t spicy. She especially loves sea food and red meat.
Range: Lizard Liz can be found almost anywhere in the United States, occasionally venturing as far north as Alaska.
Habitat: The hotter, the better. Lizard Liz loves warm weather and the occasional thunderstorm and can be found anywhere from low lying beaches to the tops of mountains.
Size: Lizard Liz has reached her maximum size of 5’5″.
Lifespan: If Lizard Liz is well cared for, she can live up to 90 years or more.
Reproduction: Lizard Liz’s “baby” is a blue tongue skink named Spice, who is her pride and joy and VERY spoiled.
Conservation: From a young age, Lizard Liz has understood that there are many wildlife species that are in need of help. She has devoted her life to educating people about these species, especially the ones that don’t get enough recognition. She loves working with kids in environments where they can experience what they are learning about in a way that classrooms can’t always provide.
Cool Facts: Lizard Liz loves talking about all different kinds of animals and spent a summer working at the Philadelphia Zoo teaching kids about the large mammals including rhinos, cheetahs, and giraffes.
“Your energy and enthusiasm engaged the audience.” – Greg Shelton, Program Coordinator, Oakwood School, Annandale VA