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Party Hosting at The New Weis Center NJ...

Mar 16, 2016 by


Looking for a great place for birthday party hosting in NJ? Party Hosting at The New Weis Center, a nature center in Ringwood NJ, is your answer! Snakes-N-Scales is just down the road and has joined the The New Weis Center in offering programs for parties and other functions at their center in northern NJ. Snakes-N-Scales is excited to announce a new partnership with an old friend!   Snakes-N-Scales celebrates it’s 20 year anniversary in  2016, and for much of that time we have worked with a nature center located just a few miles down the road in Ringwood NJ, the Weis Ecology Center, which was part of the NJ Audubon family of centers. Audubon could not continue to maintain the center and in 2015 transferred it to a local non-profit, the Highlands Nature Friends. This...

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Snakes-N-Scales’ 20th Year Anniversary!...

Mar 20, 2016 by


Since 1996 Snakes-N-Scales has been creating delight and preventing suffering. The delight of children in 4 states and the prevention of suffering to mostly reptiles but also the odd tarantula and frog. They began with a mere 35 animals and now have over 325. They did about 20 shows that first year and by Snakes-N-Scales’ 20th, now perform between 1300-1500 per year. There were others that did similar programs but Bill, the founder of Snakes-N-Scales, always found other performers either actually scaring the kids with the animals, abusing the animals or having no educational value whatsoever! He made it his mission to alter that! And he has. At Snakes-N-Scales’ 20th, they have been sought out by dozens of animal education and rescue groups including most of the zoos in NJ, including the Turtleback Zoo, Bergen County Zoo, Trailside...

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Weird Animals Party

Aug 1, 2015 by


Our Weird Animals Party grows out of an idea that we have many animals that are seen by very few people because they fit into small or obscure niches in our shows. It also grows out of doing our Anti-Bullying Assemblies, where we teach that odd isn’t bad, just different, and different can be fun!  What’s weird about any animal depends, to great extent, on what you’re used to. If what you see mostly is green, and then there is something red, red is weird. So our purpose here is show a few of the oddities of different groups, describe why they’re unusual and discuss how they manage in their weirdness! Weird Animals Party Possible Participants   Lizards have legs and snakes don’t. Well, nearly so. There are no snakes with legs but a fair number of...

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Kaleidoscope of Animals School Assemblies...

May 19, 2015 by


The Kaleidoscope of Animals School Assemblies is a peek at the diversity of life on Earth, what used to be called “a survey of life,”  but it’s more than just learning a little classification. The kaleidoscope has many facets, colors and interlocking parts and we saw it as great analogy to nature. A wonderful way to visualize how interdependent and beautiful the natural world is.  No other Animals School Assemblies, from any source, will have this kind of diversity. This is whirlwind tour of just a few of the more important groups of animals on Earth, leaving out the 2 most well known, mammals and birds. We leave them out because there is so much attention focused on them generally, we feel the vast majority of animals are left out. For example, the population of ants, in...

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Dinosaurs and Fossils School Assemblies...

May 14, 2015 by


The Dinosaurs and Fossils School Assemblies  are a quick peek into the past through an investigation of the methods used by paleontologists. Modern animals are compared with ancient ones to identify similarities and differences. Some facts can be learned and other times only hypothesizes can be drawn. The purpose of this program is learn how science works, take a glimpse at animals long vanished, like Dinosaurs and see modern animals as instructive for learning about the past. This program does discuss evolution, and cannot be performed in any other way. The Dinosaurs and Fossils School Assemblies can be performed either with live animals or without them, depending on the focus required and whether animals pose an insurance problem for the school. If live animals are a problem the program can be done where no touching of the animals...

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Endangered Species School Assemblies...

May 10, 2015 by


  At Snakes-N-Scales we are always looking for what schools will like, and be able to integrate into their curricula, but still be fun for the kids! In this case we have created a paired live/non-live Endangered Species School Assemblies animal program that offers several variations on a theme! In the Endangered Species School Assemblies program there are, (at least,) 2 animals from each habitat you may choose, and you may choose as many as 4 of the given habitats. There will be, (at least) 1 live animal and 1 non-live animal discussed for that habitat. The non-live animals will be represented by either a skull, a life size cardboard cut out, a model or a pelt, and then a photo of that animal. The live animals are represented by our rescued reptiles or other types,...

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Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Entertainment...

Nov 1, 2014 by


 The only thing missing from most Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Parties is, ironically, the ANIMALS! It seemed to us the reason for this was 2 fold; 1. The people giving the party were worried about the animals ruining their party and 2. There wasn’t anyone offering animals in a way that introduced the animals appropriately and safely into the party. If you can solve the second, then the first goes away! So welcome to Snakes-N-Scales Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Entertainment Page! We have the finest selection of traveling animals in NJ, southern NY and CT, and the immediate surrounding areas. Literally hundreds of animals to choose from including types of snakes, turtles, frogs, sharks, lizards, alligators, pythons, fish, salamanders, spiders and insects. Most of these animals are rescued from all kinds of unfortunate...

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Shark School Program

Oct 6, 2014 by


    Shark School Program is entirely about sharks, to our knowledge, is a completely unique program offered nowhere else. This show can be done with a live shark as the finale or without one, if the rules do not allow live animals.  Shark School Program covers shark family history and diversity, relationships to their habitat, predators and prey, biology, new research and relationship to humans. The Shark School Program is varied somewhat depending on the grade and sophistication of the audience. This is a multi-media presentation, using photos, charts, artifacts, models, preserved specimens and video. Children will introduced to sharks the same way we have introduced snakes to kids for 2 decades; in a non-threatening fact filled, fun presentation. The idea is have them leave loving sharks; and understanding that like with snakes, bears or...

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Save the Whales Assemblies

Sep 14, 2014 by


Snakes-N-Scales Saves the Whales and “goes off the deep end” to offer a program that has no live animals in it! No real whales, of course, but a great interesting combination of real and artificial hand specimens, illustrative posters and photos, and a few short video clips. These Whales Assemblies offer much more than just a few pictures or a sleepy slide show! The program begins by introducing types of whales and what they look like, using photos and video. There are 2 basic types, the toothed whales like the Sperm Whale and the Dolphins and the Baleen Whales, like the Humpback above. Beluga Whale at the Atlanta Aquarium, photo by Greg Hume. Why the whales are in trouble is discussed with the class; from the hundreds of years of whaling to the modern problems...

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Tropical Rainforest School Assemblies...

Mar 22, 2014 by


Tropical Rainforest School Assemblies seeks to bring an understanding and even an affection for the animals of that live there in a small effort to keep the magnificent habitats alive. The Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem is perhaps THE most interesting on Earth. These forests are filled with amazing animal species using adaptions to survive that are astonishing to learn about, yet humans are quickly, STILL, destroying them.   These animals must survive both their natural dangers and the changes that we are producing in these amazing places. Education is the first step to the understanding of a problem, learn what we can all do to make this a better world and come be a part of the solution! The animals that are part of this program are mostly rescues. We do purchase animals but we make sure that those purchased are either...

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Anti-Bullying School Assemblies...

Mar 19, 2014 by


Through Another’s Eyes Snakes-N-Scales’ Anti-Bullying School Assemblies look at the subject from an entirely different direction than any other program, using animals that are often misunderstood and feared, like snakes, spiders and alligators. We try to see through their eyes at ourselves and learn to understand that the point of view of a person, or an animal, is key to understanding. Bullying is often born of dislike; and dislike comes from misunderstanding and fear. If understanding is created and fear eliminated then much of the bullying goes away. Our  School Assemblies About Bullying prevention are offered for younger children than most. Our Anti-Bullying School Assemblies, are easily accepted, fun, informative and do not use confrontation or scare tactics, since we learn about the animals and through them, ourselves. Our Anti-Bullying School Assemblies are specifically designed for Elementary Schools and are run...

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The Magic Reptile Birthday Party...

Mar 19, 2014 by


The Magic Reptile Birthday Party is so unique that no other company in the country has it! This new and very entertaining Snakes-N-Scales birthday party combines two ingredients children always love, magic and reptiles!!! Most magic shows are “old hat,” even if they do hide a bunny in it! This IS a magic show, but it’s also a wacky new reptile show that connects the amazing, even “magical” habits of reptiles with a magician’s trick that will illustrate that very point. This creates both a great illusionary mystery with an unforgettable educational experience. Are all the tricks in the Magic Reptile Birthday Party perfectly done?–Nope! And you wouldn’t want it any other way!    Magic shows are everywhere, and if that’s all you want, then you don’t want this show. The Magic Reptile Birthday Party is more than a...

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River of Monsters Party

Mar 14, 2014 by


 A River of Monsters Party?  But there is no “real” River of Monsters , of course. And we do not use this birthday party show to say any different! But people fear animals for many reasons and sometimes that fear can get out of hand. This show seeks to “un-monster” these wonderful animals. This birthday party program combines some of the most aggressive animals, alive in the rivers of the world, but is completely safe because the people of Snakes-N-Scales bring it to you. Animals Living in the River Of Monsters Party! The Alligator Snapping Turtle, left,  grows to be the largest freshwater turtle in North America and has a mean reputation. But the Alligator Snapping Turtle is not the monster it pretends to be! They are usually found at the bottom of lakes hunting...

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