Reptile Ready

The summer programs at our local libraries have been absolutely amazing this summer. I could not imagine what we would do if we did not have them to go to. While at the chocolate tasting experience, the librarian mentioned another event coming up. It was going to be Reptile Adventure with Jessica Shea. The description was “Touch a snake, pet a turtle, and see eye-to-eye with a South American frog.” Yes, Reptile Adventure was coming to help the kids learn and meet some of their friends.

NHL was very excited about the program, but JSL opted not to go. He was tired and stayed back with Papa to rest and relax. I thought this was an amazing opportunity to introduce the kids to the wonders of reptiles. I still remember meeting several snakes and other critters during a Girl Scout event when I was a child.

When NHL and I walked into the meeting room, there were several reptiles already out to greet the excited children. One of them was Plaid.

 Say hello to Plaid

True story, NHL walked right by Plaid and did not notice him sitting there until he nearly bumped into him and it scared him. It was definitely a kodak moment since I had watched the entire event (wish I had my video camera turned on).

Jessica was so patient with the rather large and young crowd before her. She introduced all of her reptile friends that were visiting. Then the best part for the kids, every animal was brought around for them to get a close look, and in most instances touch. Here are a few of the reptile friends that came to visit:

Some Reptile Friends

The part that the kids loved, was the opportunity to touch and hold any of the reptiles that Jessica said were up to it. NHL did not want to hold the big lizard, but he asked to hold the spotted turtle named Seurat (love the name):

Seurat

Then, we went to wait on line to hold the Python. NHL was not too sure about this, but he allowed the Python on his lap and was petting it while chatting away about snakes. A special thanks for the patience of Chris from the library. He was a rock star handling the reptiles and helping with the kids.

Quality time with the Python

After this, we went back over to Jessica who had the Legless Lizard out. I was floored with what I witnessed. Without even blinking NHL picked it up and I got this photo to prove how great he did:

Legless Lizard

Yes, this truly was a FUN and EDUCATIONAL experience for everyone that was there. When it was time to go, Jessica told the kids to each take a special sticker. NHL did and was so proud to show it to others the rest of the afternoon.

Award Sticker

Thanks to the library, we now know about another great business that helps to educate children in our area and may be a fantastic future birthday party experience. Can you imagine?!

So my question to you this week is inspired by our reptile encounter:

What reptile would you love to know/learn more about and why? Oh and no saying you don’t like them – you probably have never met any like these to appreciate them.

    TheAngelForever
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  • Jennifer says:

    I wish there was a Reptile Adventure here! One of the items on my bucket list is “Handle A Snake” because I am soooo afraid of them! I’ve already accomplished one: a bird. Besides a snake, I only have one more animal: a rat.

    AAAGGGGHHHH!!!!

    Hope your Friday is fantastic!

  • My eldest handled a python from a snake charmer when we were visiting Sentosa a few months back.. I personally wouldn’t try. Good on your son to be so sporting. I would like to learn more about Komodo Dragons as they look so cool and awesome.

  • Kari says:

    I cannot think of any reptile I would want to be around, LOL! I’m totally creeped out by snakes and lizards and turtles.

  • Gigi Ann says:

    NONE…They just creep my out looking at them. However, my daughter loves snakes.

  • Auntie E says:

    Is a frog considered one. We have some White Bull frogs living around our pool. They are pretty friendly. We have even named them. when we swim in the evenings they are around the pool watching us. It is really strange, back in a way funny to see them. They are completely white with green eyes. Loved to be splashed.
    Happy Aloha Friday!

  • Hubby has had his fair share of non- venomous snakes – he currently has a 4-foot King Snake (Princess Nagger named him Bob). :) I would love to check out one like Plaid – they seem so cool! And that Reptile Adventure looks like something Princess Nagger would absolutely enjoy. :)

    Aloha: Back to School Shopping – Let the Foraging Begin!

  • Jessica says:

    Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed my animals! Chris is a good friend of mine (and my husband’s), so we did this program for free as a favor to get some folks excited about the Pine Hills library :)

    The black and white spotted lizard is a tegu. The red/white/black striped snake is a tricolor hognose. You are highly unlikely to see the tricolor hognose anywhere else; they’re pretty uncommon in the pet trade (and crazy expensive).

    For Auntie E: Frogs are amphibians, but we often bring at least one frog to programs so we can talk about the differences.

  • Harriet says:

    With my luck, I’d touch one and catch salmonella or something. Your kids are more brave than I am.

    Hope to see you at BlogHer!

    Have a great Friday!
    http://harrietandfriends.com/2011/07/if-someone-gave-you-a-free-trip-to-blogher-would-you-go/

  • It’s so cool to see you guys having so much fun with these but gosh I shivered too.

    Anyway I’d love my kids to be up close and personal with something like this to learn more about them.

    Because we have snakes in our yard and I’m afraid of them. I’d like to learn more about them.

  • XmasDolly says:

    Nope sorry, uh-huh, not me, ain’t no way! Well, maybe a turtle, but that’s as far as I go! ewwwwwwwwwww Have a great weekend.

  • Becca says:

    That is really awesome! I love reptiles…but not such a snake fan. Something about the way their muscles contract doesn’t go over well with me. I would love to interact with more chameleons or uromastyxes…they are so coool!

  • kailani says:

    I’m so glad I have girls who have no interest in reptiles! LOL!

    Btw, I heard that Techy Dad wants an iPad2 for his birthday! LOL!

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