Live Reptile Shows for Schools

Reptiles Alive captures the attention and imagination of students while introducing important environmental and biological subjects, including Virgina’s Standards of Learning and Maryland’s Common Core State Standards. We offer live animal shows for large groups, perfect for school assemblies, family nights, school fairs, and other large events. We offer live animal shows for small groups (up to 25 students) for the classroom. We also offer live animal shows for after school enrichment programs.

Have a live animal show idea that doesn’t really fit one of our three show types? Please contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs for your next school assembly.

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(Suggested for up to 300 students per show)

Reptiles Alive has live animal shows perfect for your next school assembly, family night, STEM event, or school festival. You can choose between a 45 or 30 minute show and you may want to add our hands-on, after the show, meet and greet “Reptile Meet & Greet.” All of our shows include a variety of colorful and amazing live animals presented by an experienced professional wildlife educator who will tell funny animal stories and amazing animal facts. Since 1996, students and teachers have all agreed that a visit from Reptiles Alive is a highlight of the school year.

Show Prices:

  • One 45 minute show: $395; additional back to back shows $295 each.
  • One 30 minute show: $325; additional back to back shows $225 each.

Reptile Meet & Greet: This is an optional after show service to provide audience members with a special opportunity to safely pet a live snake, touch unique natural artifacts (alligator skull, shed snake skin, turtle shell) and ask the wildlife educator questions. $75 per 30 minutes (up to approximately 100 people per 30 minutes)
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*Travel fees are not charged to the following locations:  Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, & Prince William Counties in VA; Montgomery County MD; and Washington DC. Areas outside of these locations are charged an additional travel fee – please contact us for travel fee information.

Available Themes for Large Group Shows

Our most popular show is a great introduction to the world of reptiles. Learn snake secrets and laugh at our lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals may include a boa or python, tortoise, lizards and other amazing animals.

Discover the dynamic world of tropical rainforests while you meet beautiful jungle animals. Live animals from each layer of the forest will be featured along with stories of survival in this fascinating and endangered environment. Featured animals may include an iguana, boa constrictor, turtle and other rainforest creatures.

Uncover the secrets of the reptiles living in your own backyard. Learn what to do when you encounter wild animals and how to help wildlife in your own neighborhood. Featured animals may include an eastern rat snake, box turtle, snapping turtle, and other amazing native species.

  • Creepy Reptiles Alive!

Some animals may seem scary, but in this show, you will find out why there is no reason to be afraid. Myths will be busted and the truth will be revealed about some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures. Featured animals may include snakes, giant cockroaches, toads and other “creepy creatures.”

Awesome animals from the awe-inspiring desert will be showcased during this exciting program about one of our planet’s most extreme habitats. Find out how animals can survive in such a harsh environment. Animals may include a uromastyx, tortoise, gecko, and more extreme animals.

  • Wetland Reptiles Alive!

Dive into learning about wetland habitats during this fun live animal show! Marshes, swamps, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be explained with fun stories and living wetland creatures. Features animals may include a snapping turtle, bull frog, water monitor lizard and other denizens of damp places.

  • Snakes Alive!

The secret life of snakes will be revealed during this spectacular show. Learn the answers to questions about some of nature’s most mysterious creatures. Featured animals may include a python, boa, rat snake and more slithery friends.

Students will meet live reptiles from a variety of habitats and discover why healthy ecosystems are so important to all life on Earth. This program was created using the Virginia Standards of Learning in Science to assist teachers in motivating their students to learn more. Featured animals may include a boa constrictor, box turtle, bearded dragon, and other animals from around the world.

  • Custom Show

If you have a special theme you would like to build a live animal show around, let us know. Our wildlife educators can customize a live animal show that will be perfect for your event. Past custom theme shows have included topics such as: Africa, Australia, Dinosaurs, and more.

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(For a maximum of 25 students per show)

“Up Close & Personal”, best describes our shows for small groups. This is hands-on show that provides your students the awesome opportunities to safely touch all kinds of amazing live reptiles. Our fun and friendly professional wildlife educator will entertain and educate your students with funny animal stories and animal facts while the students enjoy being up close and personal with the animals during the show.

Show Prices:

  • One 45 minute show $275; additional back to back shows $175 each.
  • One 30 minute show $250; additional back to back shows $150 each.

*Shows booked to start at 5 pm or later will be charged an additional $50.

*Travel fees are not charged to the following locations:  Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, & Prince William Counties in VA; Montgomery County MD; and Washington DC. Areas outside of these locations are charged an additional travel fee – please contact us for travel fee information.

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(For a maximum of 12 students per program)

Snakes, scales, and lizard tails are just a few of the things we learn about in the Reptiles Alive After School Enrichment Program. Students love attending our interactive and hands-on after school program. During each class, a friendly and professional Reptiles Alive wildlife educator introduces students to different live animals including slimy amphibians, spiky iguanas, smooth snakes, creepy cockroaches, laughing lizards and other amazing creatures.

Interesting artifacts such as skeletons, antlers, eggs, and skins are also included in many of the programs. Story-telling, arts & craft activities, and fun experiments combined with live exotic animals, make this a very popular program.
Our after school classes are great for grades k-3 or 3-6. We have a maximum of 12 students allowed so that each student gets an up close and personal experience. Classes may be booked in a series from one to ten weeks. (One class per week.) Each class session lasts approximately one hour.

Show Prices:

  • Pay $27.50 per student per class session with a 10 student minimum and 12 student maximum (example: 4 sessions = $110 per student)

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  • Pay $275 per class session with no student minimum and a 12 student maximum – (example 4 sessions = $1100)

*Travel fees are not charged to the following locations:  Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, & Prince William Counties in VA; Montgomery County MD; and Washington DC. Areas outside of these locations are charged an additional travel fee – please contact us for travel fee information.

“It was a pleasure having Reptiles Alive at the 12th Annual Taste of DC!” – Dawn Poker, Executive Director, American Experience Foundation



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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 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 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