The Stars of Jess’ Critters to you outreach

Posted: October 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

While I do enjoy telling people about what animals I have I thought it best to regularly blog about my available outreach critters. All of the critters I currently use for outreach are friendly and don’t mind handling, however I do have a few display only critters.  So here are the stars of our outreach.

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Boo The Ferret.

Boo is a crowd favorite as he is very friendly and puts up with handling very well. He loves attention and loves being passed around. Ferrets are very hardy little critters and they always like to get attention. Boo has lots of crazy funny stories too (Mostly involving the things he likes to steal and stash on us) and he always puts a big smile on everyone’s faces.

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Rodney The Guinea Pig

Another one of our furry little guys, Rodney squeals with delight when he is pet and this little guy LOVES food.

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Bowzer The Bearded Dragon

One of our friendly lizards, Bowzer enjoys attention as well as being handled. Bearded dragons are known to be very social lizards and interact well with people.

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Maynard The Uromastyx

Maynard is another interactive and social lizard. He is also a more uncommon lizard making him interesting to learn about in an outreach. There are many types of uromastyx lizards and Maynard is a Mali Uromastyx. Maynard will allow hand feeding if he is in the mood and hungry.

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Odo the Ball Python

Ball pythons are slow moving docile snakes. Odo has been used to ease people who have slight snake phobias to get over their fears. Ball Pythons are safe snakes to handle and kids really enjoy them because they are reluctant to make quick surprising movements.

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Data The Spinner Ball Python

Data is a different morph of ball python and I usually take him out the same time as Odo to show that snakes can be different colours and patterns. The word spinner comes from the mix of morphs being Spider morph and pin stripe pattern. Data is smaller than Odo and is also extremely docile and easy to handle.

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Dax and Worf the California King snakes

Both Worf and Dax look almost identical so I only included a photo of Worf. These smaller sized snakes are also docile however they are faster than ball pythons.

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Nemo the Boa Constrictor

Right now Nemo is just a baby and I use him to explain that it is important to do research before getting a pet. Nemo will grow to be 10 feet or longer in length and as an adult will require 2 adults present for safe handling. Nemo is a one eyes snake as he was born with a defective eye. He is very easy to handle.

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Rocky The Crawl Cay Boa

Rocky is my largest snake however he is full grown at 6 feet in length. Crawl Cay boas are a dwarf boa species meaning they do not grow as large as a common boa constrictor snake. Rocky is used for shows where older kids are present.

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Lolth the Rose hair Tarantula

Rose hair tarantulas are a slow moving docile spider. And Lolth is usually ok with handling and she is very friendly. we only allow kids 12 years old or older to handle the tarantula because if she were to be dropped it can be fatal to a large spider.  Tarantulas have mild venom that can not harm a person however in rare cases someone may be allergic to spider venom so special care is ALWAYS taken while handling any tarantula no matter how friendly. Tarantulas are more likely to flick hairs which cause skin irritation and this is always explained in outreach.

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Sulu The Asian Forest Scorpion.

Scorpions also only have mild venom however in rare cases some people can be allergic. Sulu is docile and when she is handled I know the cues that she would display if she were uncomfortable or about to become defensive. She rarely is defensive while handled but again, any animal can become uncomfortable no matter how friendly they are. I do not allow anyone to pick her up however I place her into hands so people can handle her and then I am the one who removes the scorpion.

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Aragog The Mexican Red Knee tarntula

Aragog is a display Tarantula only at the moment.

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Fire Belly Toads

Display only as amphibians can become ill with handling. Amphibians absorb things through their skin and handling is not recommended. They may eat crickets so a live feeding show is possible.

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Tarantula Spiderlings

We Currently have 3 Tarantula Spiderlings for display as well. The one pictured above is a salmon Pink Birdeater tarantula which is the 3rd largest tarantula in the world. This wee thing will eventually be as big as 10 inches! We also have a Haitian Brown Tarantula and a Panama Blonde tarantula.

We will update if we ever get any new critters or when our critters grow.

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