JELLYFISH ENTERTAINMENT | Kids love learning about Turtles, Snakes, Lizards and Frogs with Reptile Viking!

The best part about our interactive reptile show is the kids’ reactions to our animals! It never gets old hearing the shock in their voices and seeing the wonder on their faces when they first see “Turdy” the Snapping Turtle, or when we pull out Dexter the Carpet Python and he’s much longer than they expected!

I made our show Reptile Viking for one reason – the love of reptiles! I (Matt Otis) have loved reptiles since I was a little kid, and I never lost that childlike enthusiasm for these scaly creatures. Now I have an opportunity to help kids love them too through my show Reptile Viking.

Reading about animals and seeing them in videos is great but experiencing them up close is so much better!

The very first question kids usually ask when I bring out Reptar the leopard gecko is …“Is that real?” They just can’t believe their eyes at first and think that he must be a toy or something. I assure them that he’s real, and look-you can even see him breathing!

The next question that kids usually ask is “Can you put it on the ground so we can see it crawl?” Kids want to see these animals move, they want to see how they work, and they want to know why they do the things that they do.

I have the opportunity to pull back the curtain a bit, and help kids understand these animals.

My hope is that by showing kids why reptiles do the things that they do, they won’t be afraid of them. Knowledge eliminates fear. That knowledge then leads to these misunderstood animals being protected and respected for the role they play in the environment.

It’s not actually that hard to get kids to like them though, these animals are super cool and kids really want to touch them and interact with them! It’s great to give them an opportunity to do so.

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