Reptiles Alive LLC 2010 Annual Wildlife Exhibitor Report

We have been very busy performing shows at:  schools, birthday parties, scout meetings, libraries, summer camps, parks, nature centers, festival, fairs, shopping centers, senior centers, toy stores, and all kinds of other special events.  Between September 30, 2009 through October 1, 2010  we performed a total of 792 programs for approximately 61, 100 people of all ages.

A new show, “Wetlands Alive!”, was introduced this summer.  Our Wildlife Educator Rachel Walker produced the new show which introduces audiences to the importance of wetlands and features some really cool animals including an alligator, water monitor lizard, snapping turtle and more.  This show is now being offered as a school assembly, scout show or library show.  The teacher’s guide to “Wetlands Alive!” should be finished soon, and we will post it on our site.

In addition to performing shows, we provided help to injured wildlife and abandoned exotic pets.  Box turtles hit by cars, snakes caught on glue traps, and a stray albino Burmese python found in a park in Fairfax City are just some of the animals we were able to help this year.

We also provided advice and assistance to local animal shelters, animal control agencies and the public with reptile related issues.  A large collection of exotic snakes was turned in at a local animal shelter and two Reptiles Alive staff people worked with the shelter staff to make sure each animal was housed and cared for properly until it could be adopted or transferred to a reptile rescue group.

There have been a few new additions to the team at Reptiles Alive.  Brad Pratt is our new Wildlife Educator and Lead Animal Keeper.  We also now have Amaya Perez who is both an Animal Keeper and a graphic designer for us.  Our new iguana t-shirts, postcards, show posters and other designs are created by Amaya.  You can check out many of her designs at our new online store.

The animal collection went through a few changes this year as well.  Sadly, a few of our older animals died this year including our:  Eastern glass lizard, tokay gecko, and both of our marine toads.  New animals we accepted into the collection included a:  crested gecko, white lined gecko, and a young iguana we named “Juan Amigo.”

2010 Reptiles Alive Animal Inventory

African Spurred Tortoise 1 Geochelone sulcata
American Alligator 2 Alligator missipiensis
American Toad 2 Bufo americanus americanus
Ball Python 1 Python regius
Bearded Dragon 1 Pogona vitticeps
Black Rat Snake 1 Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta
Blue Tongue Skink 2 Teliqua scincoides
Boa Constrictor 2 Boa constrictor constrictor
Bull Frog 2 Rana catesbeiana
Bull Snake 1 Pituophis melanoleucus
Burmese Python 3 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 1 Elaphe guttata guttata
Earthworm 25+ Eisenia fetida
Eastern Box Turtle 1 Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Snapping Turtle 1 Chelydra serpentina 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
Mealworm 1000 Tenebrio molitar
Mexican Red Leg Tarantula 1 Aphonopelum bicoloratum
Nelson’s Milksnake 1 Lampropeltis triangulum nelsonii
Nile Monitor Lizard 1 Varanus niloticus
Prehensile-tailed Skink 1 Corucia zebrata
Schneider’s Skink 1 Eumeces schneideri
Spiny Softshell Turtle 1 Apalone spinifera
Spotted Salamander 1 Ambystoma maculatum
Spotted Turtle 1 Clemmys guttata
Sudan Plated Lizard 1 Gerrhosaurus major
Tegu Lizard 1 Tupinambis teguixin
Tokay Gecko 1 Gekko gecko
Uromastyx Lizard 1 Uromastyx acanthurus
Water Monitor Lizard 1 Varanus salvator
White Line Gecko 1 Gecko vittatus
Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle 1 Podocnemis unifilis

2009 Wildlife Exhibitor Annual Report

This has been another great year for Reptiles Alive!  Between September 30, 2008 through September 30, 2009, we presented 735 shows for approximately 63,000 people!  That is a lot of people who have been educated about reptiles and wildlife conservation.

During that period, we also had some changes to our animal collection and our staff.

Jennifer Rafter left us this past summer to join the team at the new Delmarva Discovery Center.  She is missed – but we know she is having a great time setting up a brand new, 7,000 gallon aquarium and setting up new reptile and amphibian exhibits as well.  Last weekend, we transferred a corn snake, an America toad, and a gray tree frog to the DDC for her to display.

A few of our animals have left us as well.  We transferred a healthy carpet python to another reptile organization because the python was not “happy” doing shows with us.  He will have a great new home where he no longer has to go to work.

Two of our animals died this year.  We lost an eastern king snake and a pueblan milk snake.  Both were very old and were suffering from a gastro-intestinal disease.  We were very sad, but we had them both humanely euthanized so they would not suffer any more.

Four new animals made their way into the Reptiles Alive permanent collection this year.

This spring, Sunflower the albino boa constrictor made her way to us.  She is still less than one year old and is less than 2 feet long, so you might not see her at shows for a few more months.  But we are VERY excited about having her here – she is so beautiful.  It is rare to see albino boa constrictors exhibited in animal shows or at zoos, so you will be in for a treat when you meet her.

albino boa

Later in the year, we received another “regular” colored boa constrictor and an albino Burmese python.  The new Burmese python we named Moonlight and you can see him in shows starting this month.  The “regular” boa is named Aztec.   He is very handsome and healthy, so you will get to see him in shows starting this month as well.

Lastly, we just received another albino Burmese python.  This snake came from the Alexandria Animal Welfare League as an abandoned pet.  He/she seems healthy, but we have to quarantine all of our new animals for at least 3 months to make sure.  This new snake does not yet have a name, but we are thinking of naming him “Cloud.”  What do you think we should name him?

We are looking forward to the coming year and meeting all of you!  Be sure to fill book your show now, our calendar is filling up fast.