Reptiles Alive! at the Francis A. Gregory Library in SE DC

Come kick off your Summer Reading with Reptiles Alive’s PREMIER live animal show at the Francis A Gregory Library in SE DC. Everyone will have a blast while learning all about reptiles and amphibians.  The Wildlife Educator will share fun facts and wild stories about where the animals live, how they survive, and what we can do to help animals all across the world.  Check out our blog to learn more about animals in our area and what is happening at Reptiles Alive Headquarters!

Reptiles Alive! at the West End Library NW DC

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Come on out to the West End Library in NW Washington, DC for a wildly exciting live animal show featuring 6 animals from all across the world.  The Wildlife Educator will tell interesting facts and funny stories that are sure to wow children of all ages.  Stick around after the show to check out a book on one of the amazing animals featured in the program.  You can also find out more about our awesome animals on our animal page.

This show is in support of the DC Public Library Summer Reading Program.

Behind the scenes on a typical Monday at Reptiles Alive

Today is feeding day for the snakes.  What, they only get fed on Mondays?!

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The Menu

That’s right.  Put your hand on your neck.  Does it feel warm?  Oh good, that means you are still alive.  Humans are endothermic that means that we have a heater inside our body to keep us a nice warm 98.6 degrees F.  What powers that heater is the food you must eat every day.

Reptiles are ectothermic or exothermic meaning “outside temperature.”  They are the same temperature inside their body as the temperature outside their body.  That means they don’t burn much food to make heat energy.  That is why we must eat much more than reptiles do.

Some of the snakes don’t even eat every week!  One snake, the Kenya Sand Boa, often goes nine months in the wild without eating!

Lot’s of people ask us what we feed our carnivores.

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Fresh Ratcicles!

Since snakes aren’t to excited about the culinary delights of dog food or hot dogs, we have to resort to a morewholesome approach to their diet; ratcicles!  These are humanely killed rats from a zoo food supply company are shipped frozen.  We defrost them in warm water and its lunch time!

The baby alligator sure looks excited about his lunch.

Check out the video of the alligator and snapping turtle eating on the Reptiles Alive Facebook Page and become our fan!

Name that Boa Contest

We have some new scaley faces here at Reptiles Alive this summer.  The new arrivals will be in quarantine for a few months while we double check that they are healthy and ready to go to shows with us.

Our first new arrival is a baby albino boa constrictor we received from a reptile facility in Tennessee.  She is healthy, gorgeous and we named her Sunflower.  Sunflower is only about 15 inches long right now and weighs less than a pound.  She will grow to over 6 feet long and could weigh over 50 pounds.  She is an up and coming star.  You may begin to see her next fall.

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Sunflower the albino boa constrictor

Our next arrival is a 14 pound, 6 feet long albino burmese python – the same kind of snake as Sunshine.  We have decided to name this new python “Moonlight.”  Moonlight was rescued from a pet store that was not taking care of its animals.  The python is relatively healthy, despite the neglect, but it does have snake mites.  Snake mites are not contagious to humans, but they can spread to many different species of reptiles.  As soon as I received Moonlight, I soaked him for about 2 hours and picked off all the mites I found.  After his bath, Moonlight then recieved an massage in canola oil.  He is doing great and his skin will be oh so soft.

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Moonlight, the albino Burmese python

The third new arrival is a “normal” colored boa constrictor that was an unwanted pet.  This snake is very pretty and he seems healthy as well.  But, he needs a name.

We know for sure he is a he (he was breeding with a cage mate before we received him.)  Boa constrictors come from Mexico, Central and South America.  So, we are looking for show name that would be good for him.  If you can think of a good show name for our new boa – please let us know.  If we like your  idea, we will use the name you chose.

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Name this boa constrictor