What types of animals do you bring?
A typical show features four to five native Ontario snake species, including both species at risk and species that are more common. We try to feature species found in the region of the show. One or two Ontario turtle species are usually included, as are two or three species of exotic snakes — usually following the theme of appropriate pet choices (i.e. corn snakes,) vs. inappropriate pet choices (i.e. Burmese pythons).
Why don’t you bring lizards, more turtles, crocodilians, etc.?
Lizards have external ears and may be stressed by loud noises of crowds, children, etc. Due to the hands-on nature of our programs, snakes are much more suitable. We can bring lizards by special request, so please discuss your needs with us. Again due to our hands-on activities, turtles are not suitable as they may transmit Salmonella bacteria. They are also far more likely to bite or scratch than the snakes! We can do turtle-focused programs by request. We do not work with crocodilians, as even the dwarf species can deliver powerful bites, and babies will eventually grow into adults. Crocodilians also require a great deal of space and resources, which we would prefer to devote to our main focus — native Ontario reptiles and amphibians.