Even from a very young age, Emily Erickson had always had a near obsessive passion for animals of all kind. She would always go to her mother begging for a pet cat or dog, but was turned down each time due to her mother’s severe allergies to animals. Her fascination with reptiles started, not from the little garter snake she had found in her backyard (pictured to the left and right), but from a pet iguana that belonged to one of her father’s friends.
She had named the snake Slithers, and from the first second she had laid eyes on that little serpent, she had fallen in love. Within a few months, she began burying herself in every reptile book she could find and absorbed the information like a sponge. As her love for reptiles grew, so did the newly blossomed franchise she had created for herself: Emily’s Backyard Creatures.
The neighborhood kids would crowd her doorstep day after day, begging Emily to come out and do a reptile show, and with her newly found love of performing, she would happily oblige. Her goal was to teach children of all ages, not only about safe backyard exploration, but that reptiles were something to be appreciated, not feared.
After three years, that message only grew stronger with the birth of Reptile Shows of New England. Emily’s Backyard Creatures had shed its skin, and grew into a program that Emily, her brother Joshua and her parents, Eric and Jodi, could enjoy as a family. Now more than a decade later, we three teams strong!!