Reptiles Alive Name: “TuataraTony”
Hissstory: TuataraTony has been with Reptiles Alive LLC almost from our very beginning back in the nineties! Which makes him closely related to dinosaurs. Listen closely for his grunts and groans as he lifts some of our heavier reptile friends.
RA Diet: Tony enjoys eating red meat and corn nuts. He also never turns down pizza from birthday party hosts.
Natural Diet: Grilled anything and watermelon.
Range: Tony grew up on the salt marshes of Southern Connecticut. He was relocated to Northern Virginia after a spell in the United States Air Force.
Habitat: You can find Tony cruising the beltway with a truck full of reptiles. When not working for Reptiles Alive, visit him at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park where he is the naturalist in charge of Programs. If not in the building, he is deep in the woods somewhere locating native reptiles and amphibians.
Size: Tony has reached a total length of 5’10 and has a fluctuating waist line.
Lifespan: Tony Tautara could live to 90 years or more. (Depending on how many corn nuts he eats.)
Conservation: In addition to working at Reptiles Alive, Tony Tautara is currently a Naturalist with Fairfax County Park Authority. He has a degree in Parks and Recreation and loves protecting the environment. His long-term goal is to stay in the woods permanently.
Cool Facts: As a wildlife educator Tony can talk about critters for days. While he loves reptiles and amphibians he is equally versed in mammals and birds. When asked why he does so well with birthday parties for Reptiles Alive he says, “I have three children, need I say more.”
“We were very impressed with the quality of the program and with the presenter. She did an excellent job! She made us feel we were her priority. Thanks for a great birthday party!” – Brian & Jill Newberry, Parents, Haymarket, VA