As we near the 20th Anniversary of proudly providing the best live reptile shows in the DC Metro Area, Reptiles Alive LLC continues to present tons of fun, exciting, and educational programs.

From September 30 2014 through October 1 2015, Reptiles Alive LLC presented 706 educational programs to approximately 52,880 people. 

As always, we presented shows for children’s birthday parties, school assemblies and classes, scout meetings, summer camps,  libraries and all kinds of fun special events.  More than 50% of our bookings each year are for repeat clients including:  Mason Neck State Park, Celebrate Fairfax, Loudoun County Libraries, Maryland Science Museum, and so, so many more.  We also provide education programs for animal first-responders and this year we held a workshop for the staff at the Washington Humane Society’s DC Animal Shelter.

 

CobraCaroline presenting "Backyard Reptiles Alive!" at the Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival

CobraCaroline presenting “Backyard Reptiles Alive!” at the Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival

New faces, both human and animal, are part of every year at RA.

At the end of December, Wildlife Educator and Keeper Stephen Maddox (aka SidewinderStephen)  transferred from the RA team to RA’s veterinarian Dr. Anne HIss’s team at Town & Country Animal Hospital  where he is working as a veterinary technician.  Stephen plans on attending vet school next year and becoming a DVM.  We all miss him, but we are also super excited and happy for him to be working towards such an awesome career helping animals!

SidewinderStephen and Juanita Amiga the Iguana

SidewinderStephen and Juanita Amiga the Iguana

As soon as Stephen notified us, we started our search for a new Animal Keeper/Wildlife Educator.  It takes just the right kind of person to fill the RA keeper/educator position.  In addition to so many skills including a general knowledge of herpetology and public speaking, the winning applicant must:

  • Have a super positive, can-do anything attitude
  • Love SNAKES and children, and all kinds of other animals too
  • Be comfortable driving in metro DC area including downtown during rush hour
  • Enjoy spending lots and lots of time cleaning cages and caring for animals

We are very happy to have found Liz Thompson (aka LizardLiz) who has filled this specialized job fantastically.  She is a quick learner and says working at RA “is my dream job!”  Liz works so hard as our Animal Keeper caring for all of our many animals and keeping all their homes scrupulously clean.  In addition, she has already performed 91 shows since starting in Februrary!  And all of her reviews are glowing – kids, moms, teachers, and RA animals all agree that LizardLiz is a real keeper!  (pun intended ha ha – sorry.)

NEWEST RA team member LizardLiz and Lil'G

NEWEST RA team member LizardLiz and Lil’G

We  had a few new animals join our team as well this year including an:

  • African Bull frog transferred from a reptile rescue organization
  • Bearded Dragon and Green Iguana adopted from the Washington Humane Society
  • Crested Gecko given up by its owner
  • Eastern Box Turtle, Albino Corn Snake, and California King snake all adopted from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter

The new green iguana we named “Little Jerry Garcia” was found on apartment balcony in NW DC.  The apartment dweller called the Washington Humane Society who sent an animal control officer to capture him.  His story made it into the Washington Post’s Sunday Metro section’s animal column.  After spending a few months in quarantine, Little Jerry is now a part of our regular animal star team.  And he is adorable (but with an attitude!)

We also had a few animals leave us this year.

Animals we transferred to other zoos or wildlife facilities include:

  • 1 American Alligator
  • 1 Blue Tongue Skink
  • 1 Boa Constrictor
  • 1 Eastern Rat Snake
  • 1 Nelsons Milk Snake

All of our animals receive top notch care from our RA staff members and, when necessary, are treated by DVMs who specialize in reptiles and wildlife.  Most of the animals that live at RA were rescued as adults, often with pre-existing medical conditions.  Every year we have to say good bye to few animal friends who have died, and this year we said goodbye to:

  • 1 American Toad
  • 1 Anerythristic Corn Snake
  • 1 Bull Frog
  • 1 California King Snake
  • All of our Haitian Cockroaches
  • 1 Marbled Salamander
  • 1 Spiny Softshell Turtle
Oh Sofshell, we miss you so much!

Oh Softshell, we miss you so much!

 

Next year will make it 20 years since Caroline Seitz founded Reptiles Alive LLC and you can count on us to keep going ssspectacularly!

Reptiles Alive! LLC 2015 Animal Inventory
African Bull Frog 1 Pyxicephalus adsperus
American Alligator 1 Alligator missipiensis
American Toad 1 Anaxyrus americanus
Argentine Horned Frog 1 Ceratophres ornata
Australian Green Treefrog 4 Litoria caerulea
Ball Python 1 Python regius
Bearded Dragon 2 Pogona vitticeps
Blue Tongue Skink 2 Teliqua scincoides
Boa Constrictor 3 Boa constrictor constrictor
Bull Frog 1 Rana catesbeiana
Burmese Python 1 Python molurus bivittatus
California King Snake 1 Lampropeltis getula californiae
Central Asian Tortoise 1 Testudo horsefieldi
Crested Gecko 2 Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Corn Snake 2 Pantherophis guttatus
Earthworm 25+ Eisenia fetida
Eastern Box Turtle 2 Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Rat Snake 2 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
Honduran Milk Snake 2 Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis
House Cricket 1000 Acheta domestica
Kenyan Sand Boa 1 Eryx colubrinus loveridgei
Leopard Gecko 2 Eublepharis macularius
Leopard Tortoise 1 Geochelone pardalis
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches 25+ Gromphadorina portentosa
Malagasy Giant Hognose Snake 1 Leioheterodon madagascarensis
Mealworm 1000 Tenebrio molitar
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
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

 

 

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We had a great experience with Reptiles Alive for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. Rachel arrived exactly on time, set up quickly, and immediately engaged the group of curious children. We had an impromptu dance party while waiting for last minute guests and Rachel was very accommodating. The children LOVED the show!! And my soon-to-be 11 year old wants them to come for his birthday! I highly recommend Reptiles Alive for your next event!read more

Kelly Maguire

Kelly Maguire

22:57 12 Mar 18

We just had Reptiles Alive come to our preschool and the kids loved it!! We had 4 shows over 2 days to accommodate all our children and everything went great! Caroline was very easy to work with and quick to respond to all my emails. She was our presenter too and was early each day and ready to go when the kids arrived. She really geared her show towards our audience (2-5yr olds) and had them laughing and answering her questions and touching the animals. It was perfect… we would definitely book them again!!read more

Lauren Dolinski

Lauren Dolinski

20:47 01 Mar 18

We booked Reptiles Alive for our son’s 7th birthday party. Miss Rachel put on an amazing show for the 20 kids we had over. The highlight was when my son and I had the chance to hold a long and surprisingly heavy boa constrictor named Sunflower. The show was both educational and fun for the kids, and it kept them captivated for a full hour – priceless!!read more

Rick Jandrain

Rick Jandrain

01:53 06 Feb 18

Rachel is an awesome instructor and very good with many kids. The reptiles were fascinating. This was a great birthday party for my daughter and her second grade class.read more

Robert McKeon

Robert McKeon

23:26 26 Feb 18

We invited Reptiles Alive for our birthday party. Ms. Rachel did a wonderful job to educate the kids about the fun facts of Reptiles and also kept them entertained and focused. It’s not a easy job facing a bunch of 7-year-old boys and 3-year-old preschoolers. We highly recommend Reptiles Alive show. It’s fun and full of knowledge!read more

Tianchan Niu

Tianchan Niu

22:09 17 Dec 17

We had Reptiles Alive join us for a country club event and they did an outstanding job! Ashley was amazing and so professional. She was very interactive with the children and played the role perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience!read more

Chelsea Barb

Chelsea Barb

20:20 28 Mar 18

We’ve been working with Reptiles Alive for the past 4 years now and they show up and show out every time. Everything from booking to the day of is efficient and friendly. At our past event, presenter Liz did 6 shows back to back for our campers, which is truly impressive and phenomenal. We will continue to work with Reptiles Alive for years to come and really appreciate the work and educating that they do!read more

Lydia Vanderbilt

Lydia Vanderbilt

21:09 05 Apr 18

Reptiles Alive gave an awesome show at our elementary school! The presenter was so much fun and really engaged the children. Very cool reptiles and a great interactive meet and greet at the end. The kids loved it!read more

Jonathan Grau

Jonathan Grau

14:52 07 Apr 18

I am in charge of grade level assemblies at our school and our 3rd grade has RA in for their Rain Forest show every year to reinforce the things they have learned about in class. This is my second year working with them and I have been absolutely thrilled with the interaction to book the event and with the presenters. They engage the kids and help make them a part of the show. I can’t say enough about this wonderful program and the amazing people that work there.read more

Kim Painter

Kim Painter

23:32 07 Apr 18

We love this show at our preschool!! The kids have so much fun and learn a lot! They are very organized and always start on time. We have always had a wonderful experience with Reptiles Alive and can’t wait to have them back again!read more

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones

15:06 20 Apr 18