Volunteer Reptile Handlers Information
Hi guys, if you are viewing this page, that means we have reached out to you and your coming to a show to work with us! ok read on…
First off, THANK YOU for lending an extra hand.
For large shows, like the one you are coming to, we typically split up into groups at the end of the 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.
Here is what we need from you …
- 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
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 the 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 sure they are confident, always leave a hand under the reptile until you are confident that they are comfortable, so that they do not become frightened and drop the reptile.
- 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)
- If you notice that a snakes neck and head “S” up into what looks like a striking position, (or if they strike out) simply pat the snake on the head and return to the main table to let us know.
- 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.”
- 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!!!!!!!!!!