Thursday, December 19, 2013

Longest Burmese Pythons

Here's an interesting article on the maximum lengths of Burmese pythons. I've always wondered about the very different lengths that various sources report for many species. There is also debate on the widely accepted length  of the longest live snake ever found (1912, Celebes, Indonesia, reticulated python, 32' 9.5").

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Reptile Holiday Camps

If you operate a daycare, private school or other organization in the Austin area that offers winter break camps, then you've got your hands full planning activities for the kiddos. We have a special program for you: Our winter break Reptile Adventure shows. See a dozen live reptiles including a SNOW corn snake and a snake that looks like a CANDY CANE!
Give us a call to find out more and to book your winter break reptile show.

Winter Break Blues?

The kids are out of school for two weeks and you've got holiday cheer to spread. Looking for some different holiday entertainment ideas? Keep your kids busy with an Austin Reptile Shows holiday play date!
They'll enjoy hands-on time with a dozen awesome live reptiles in the comfort of your home or other meeting area.
I'll be bringing a few special reptiles out for our winter break shows, too. Ever seen a SNOW corn snake? What about a snake that looks like a CANDY CANE? We got 'em!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

SSSlither into Summer

You've got a summer event to schedule...better make it a good one!

That's where we come in. Austin Reptile Shows will take your group—small or large—and give them an up-close and personal experience with amazing reptiles from around the world! 

Your classes or summer-campers will learn about unique characteristics and adaptations, conservation and the importance of reptiles in our world like never before. 
It's unforgettable and guaranteed to grab their attention. 

And best of don't have to travel. We bring the show right to you!

Schedule your program today!

We serve...
Schools • Libraries • HOAs • MUDs • Scout Groups • Church Groups YMCA • 4-H • Corporations • Day Cares • Home School Groups • Law Enforcement & Government Agencies • Families 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Partyin' Fool Buys Stolen Python from Guy in a Van

A van pulls up at a party selling snakes...sounds legit.
There is so much wrong with the foolish actions in this story it's absurd. And there is virtually no chance the python was trying to eat the friend. It probably bit him because it was terrified, or maybe it just coiled up on him because he was warm. Either way stupid moves by stupid people.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Austin Reptile Shows: Reptiles for Film and Photography

Do you need snakes, lizards or turtles for a photography or film project? Need to rent a reptile for your indy movie? Our photogenic reptiles are for hire! Give us a call to discuss your needs.


Friday, January 18, 2013

In-School Field Trips: Under $1 Per Child!

Field trips have gotten really expensive these days, and it's not fair that students should miss out due to budget cuts and policy changes. Have you thought about bringing the field trip INTO the school?
What if I told you that Austin Reptile Shows can give your entire student body an unforgettable in-school field trip that is fascinating, engaging and TEKS-aligned...for under $1 per child?
We believe our Reptile Adventure assemblies are just the ticket for schools in the Austin area with over 200 children. We'll drive home lessons about snakes, lizards and turtles...and you won't have to drive anywhere!
Give us a call to learn more about what we do and what we can offer your organization.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

A tale of two lizards

It started this morning when my brother called and asked if he could stop by. I was in the middle of cleaning a very messy monitor enclosure and I thought a break sounded like a great idea. The majority of the work was done and the three foot black-throated monitor lizard was in his "holding cell"—a large plastic box with latches on the lid—in the corner of the room. I figured he wouldn't mind napping in the box for a spell while I cleaned his water tub outside.
A few minutes later my brother, Jaron, arrived sporting a large grey tote box. Inside was a new donation for our reptile menagerie: a Sudan plated lizard. Things were a bit messy in the lizard room, which also houses small turtles and my wife's cat, so I set the tote atop a large metal cage. After admiring the new lizard for a while we went to the living room to visit for a bit. Shortly into our visit we heard a strange thump, then metal rattling and other such ruckus. Probably the cat, I told Jaron. Upon investigation, we found the cat perched at the top of her cat tree and the agitated monitor prowling the room, hissing and thrashing his tail. I chased him all over the room as he huffed and puffed and knocked over the cat food bowl. Finally a grabbed him just as he was about to disappear behind a heavy wooden shelf. He had popped the lid right off the plastic box, to heck with the latches (which have kept pythons and boas contained). I returned him to his enclosure. 
"Always and adventure around here," I said to my brother. I had no idea what the rest of the day had in store.
We had a nice visit, after which I left to pick up my 6 month old son, Ridley, from the daycare. Later in the afternoon, Jaron and I spent some time playing with Ridley while my wife was out for a much deserved visit with one of her friends. Suddenly we heard a crash. 
"That was the cage!" I yelled, running for room. "Watch Ridley for me!"
Sure enough. The idiot cat had tried to investigate the new plastic tote, knocking the whole mess down from atop the metal cage. And, of course, the plated lizard was gone. 
"Jaron, watch the door in case the lizard runs out! I don't know where he went." I quickly searched the room and saw the terrified plated lizard darting under the monitor enclosure, a huge wire and metal contraption. By this time Jaron had come to the door.
"I think I can get him," he said, dropping to the floor to reach for the lizard. "Oh no!"
"What?" I was next to him, but couldn't see what was going on.
"He's getting into the monitor cage!"
"What? How?" Then I saw: the metal rail that was one vertical corner of the enclosure had a channel that was open at the bottom. Much too small for the monitor, it was just big enough for a scared plated lizard to get stuck in.
"We've got to get him out. That monitor will eat him," I said, opening the door to the enclosure. The monitor sat on his middle shelf hissing and whacking the sides with his tail. "Grab me a towel."
A moment later I had the towel over the monitor, a trick that often helps calm some reptiles. It worked!
I dropped to the floor, removed the large plastic tub that made up the floor of the enclosure and dove inside. "Just let me know if that monitor is about to feast on my neck!" I was on hands and knees trying to free the eighteen inch plated lizard from the metal channel. I was at this moment that Ridley started to cry from the other room, and not just a little bit.
"Stay here!" I ran to the bathroom, washed my hands quickly and rushed to Ridley who had been playing on a blanket on the living room floor. As I lifted him I saw a huge smudge of poop on the blanket. Wonderful!
"Give me just a minute...just keep an eye on everything." I could here the monitor hissing and the cat meowing. Onto the changing table I threw down a small blanket, swung Ridley into place and opened the diaper to a horrific sight. The blowout was worse than initially expected. And then it got more interesting; poop was everywhere and the box of wet-wipes was empty! I scanned the area and saw a backup diaper bag. Reaching in I found the wipes and went to work.
"This is gonna take a little longer." I started closing up shop and discovered the poop-splosion had gone up his back, almost to his neck. I went to work. Minutes later Ridley was cleaned and in pajamas. "Here you go, buddy," I said, placing him back on the floor. "Play with some toys." I knew he wouldn't.
Back on the floor in the lizard-cat-turtle room I tried to work the plated lizard up the metal channel, but he was trapped inside by the plastic ties that held the wire sides on. Ridley was already crying again. I ran out, spouted some soothing but wholly ineffectual words to him and grabbed a pair of scissors on my way back. 
The monitor was still behaving, but made me nervous as he scratched on the shelf above my shoulders and neck. He's not an aggressive lizard; but he's still nervous around people and he'll climb you like a tree, digging claws into you the whole way. I worked at the plated lizard, who was obviously scared out of his mind but stayed very calm as I manhandled him. It was the only way to get him out. I started clipping plastic ties. 
"Don't worry about the monitor; go get Ridley." The baby was still crying.
A minute later I had the lizard free just as Jaron came to the door with my little boy. I placed the scared plated lizard in his tote, slid the monitor's floor tub back into place and closed the door. I whisked away the towel and click-click-click, I fastened the three latches.
Five minutes later I was washed up and putting Ridley to bed. Just another day.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Perfect for your Animal Unit

Teachers, especially those of you in Round Rock ISD, are you looking for enrichment content for your animal unit this spring?
Give Austin Reptile Shows a try. Our Reptile Adventure classroom and assembly programs were designed for YOU! 
These TEKS-aligned programs feature live reptiles and were developed by a lifelong reptile keeper and a Round Rock ISD teacher. Your students will be enthralled by snakes, lizards and turtles while learning valuable lessons about these creatures, their adaptations and their role in the ecosystem. 
Choose hands-on classroom programs for a true up-close experience or reach your entire student body for under $1 per child with our assemblies!

Contact us today to find out how we can bring live reptiles to your school.

e-mail  info  at  austinreptileshows  dot  com

DISCOVERING REPTILES spring 2013 classes scheduled!

This semester we'll be bringing our Discovering Reptiles after-school enrichment class to 10 Leander ISD schools
So what is Discovering Reptiles?
Students will experience live reptiles from around the world in the safety of the classroom while learning TEKS-aligned content! This program covers characteristics and types of reptiles, adaptations, conservation and reptiles role in the environment. For fun, students will get to interact with several live reptiles each week including snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises! 
This course utilizes handouts, slideshows/video, live reptiles and fun activities. 4 weekly 1-hour sessions.

Reagan Elementary (starts Feb. 11)
Bush Elementary (starts Feb. 12)
River Ridge Elementary (starts Feb. 13)
Deer Creek Elementary (starts Feb. 14)
River Place Elementary (starts Feb. 15)
Cox Elementary (starts April 1)
Faubion Elementary (starts April 2)
Nauman Elementary (starts April 3)
West Side Elementary (starts April 4)
Grand View Hills Elementary (starts April 5)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

How about a reptile show?

Finding fresh new activities for an event or classroom can can be exhausting.  Have you considered a reptile show?
Reptile shows and educational programs snap up the attention of kids and grownups alike with the excitement of seeing real reptiles up-close and personal!
Austin Reptile Shows brings live reptiles to your school, birthday party, group or special event. Turtles, lizards and lots of snakes are all on the menu and most of our programs are HANDS-ON! And teachers, our content is TEKS-aligned—a perfect curriculum enrichment opportunity for your animal units.
If you're located in Austin or the surrounding areas, check out Austin Reptile Shows. We'll give you an experience your kids will never forget!

Here are just a few ideas for using Austin Reptile Shows for your school or event:

Day cares
After school programs
Home school groups
Scout groups
Summer & winter camps
Winter parties
Neighborhood associations
Church groups
Family nights
Fund raisers
Corporate parties
Public events
Science nights
Book fairs