Assistant Reptile Handler – Duties would include:
- Assisting with set up and take down of show (light lifting and moving of reptiles in and out of show location)
- Handling of reptiles during and after a show
- Safely engaging with the audience during and after a show
When we have a show with a large scale audience of 100 or more, we typically split up into groups at the end of each show, where each group (or table) would have 4 or 5 reptiles that they would be in charge of. They would hold and allow audience members to come up and touch and hold the reptiles while answering basic questions about each one and deferring difficult questions to us.
NOTE: We would not allow you to work with the large Iguanas, Tarantulas or Scorpions (those are for the pros only and make sure during and after the show that NO audience members are allowed to touch or go near them either.)
If we book a show in your area that requires many hands, we will reach out to you to see if you are available, if you are, we will give you the date/ time and location of the show, we will provide for you a Reptile Shows of New England shirt to wear during the show and ask that you arrange your own transportation to and from the show (unless you are near by and we have room, we will scoop you up). Anyone under the age of 18 is required to have parents written permission to work with us.
All reptile handlers will be properly trained with hands on learning with one of our staff prior to any show.
Ok now that we have that out of the way here are the rules of engagement troops so listen up because we just might quiz you!!
Reptile Safety Rules
When handling reptiles during or after any show please remember these very important rules of engagement to keep everyone safe.
- Always make sure that anyone who wants to hold or touch a reptile, sanitize their hands first so that the reptiles do not get sick.
- Always make sure that your hands are also sanitized as well.
- When holding a reptile, NEVER approach anyone who is afraid or does not want to get too close. (always ask before approaching anyone)
- Never give anyone a reptile to hold unless you are 100% sure they are confident, always leave a hand under the reptile/persons hand until you are confident that they are comfortable, DO NOT remove your hand unless you are POSITIVE that they will not drop the reptile. They may become frightened and drop the reptile at any moment so stay close and be ready to catch!
- When presenting a reptile to the audience to allow them to see or touch ALWAYS make sure your are in complete control of the head (for a snake). You must ALWAYS know where the head is at ALL times.
- When presenting a reptile to the audience to allow them to see or touch ALWAYS present a snake or reptile tail first, and keep the head closest to you.
- IF you happen to get bit by anything, DO NOT panic or make a scene, (the audience will become afraid) simply come back to us at the main table and we will address it professionally. (don’t worry, this is extremely rare, nothing is venemous, nothing bad will happen)
- If you notice that a snakes neck and head “S” up into what looks like a striking position, (or if they strike out) simply return to the main table to let us know, put the snake away into a bag ight away (calmly).
- NEVER give anyone a snake to hold and then walk away, or allow them to walk away. Make sure they stay close to you at all times. You must keep track of ALL reptiles that you are in charge of at all times.
- If anyone asks “Will it bite?” The answer is: “Anything with a mouth can bite, but these reptiles were all born and raised in captivity and are very well behaved, as long as you are nice to them”.
- If anyone asks “Is it poisonous?” The answer is: “The correct term is venomous, and no we do not have venomous reptiles”.
- ALWAYS smile, be polite and friendly.
- MOST IMPORTANT ONE …. HAFE FUN!!!!!!!!!!