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Cobra

Cobra simply means “snake” in Portuguese.  The name “cobra” is short for cobra de capelo or cobra-de-capelo, which is Portuguese for “snake with hood”, or “hooded snake” The word has been adopted by most of the world’s languages as the name for these types of snakes.

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The King Cobra’s scientific name is Ophiophagus hanna. Ophiophagus means “snake eater,” but as you can see from the photo that’s not all they will eat. This King is finishing off a Bengal Monitor in typical snake fashion, head first and it all goes!  

A “Cobra” as most people that speak English use the word, is any snake that can flatten it’s “neck” area, the section behind the head, into a kind of hood and stand upright to raise the head off the ground. This definition works for most people and makes the snake below, the King Cobra, a “Cobra” in their thinking. But Cobra are not all alike, not all from the same snake family, not equally venomous or even, in some cases, very closely related. 

A “Cobra” can be:

  1. A snake from the genus, Naja, these are “true” cobras, known for raising the front part of the body and flattening the neck in a warning signal when alarmed, a group of elapids found in Africa and Asia. They include over 20 species, including the Indian Cobra (Naja naja,) Egyptian Cobra (Naja haje,) Monocled Cobra  (Naja kaouthia,) Central Asian Cobra (Naja oxiana,) Burrowing Cobra (Naja multifasciata) and the Spitting Cobras group, like the Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica,) Saimese Spitting Cobra (Naja siamensis) and others. Spitting cobras, of the Naja genus have the ability to squirt venom from their fangs in self-defense. They are African or Asian and usually have grooved fangs that allows the venom to to shot forward instead of down.

2. The King Cobra, (Ophiophagus hannah,) still of the elapid family found in India and southern Asia, certainly the most renown cobra of all!

3. The Ringhals, Rinkhals, (Hemachatus haemachatus) is not of the Naja genus, but Hemachatus, and is probably the most well known of the spitting cobras. A species of the Elapidae found in Africa.

4. The Water Cobras, of the old genus Boulengerina, Elapidae family found in Africa, now regarded as species in the genus Naja.

5. Any member of the genus Aspidelaps, the shield cobras, African Elapidae.

6. The tree cobras, Pseudohaje, a genus of African Elapidae.

7. “The American Cobra” more commonly one of the Coral Snake, species.

8. The False Water Cobra, Hydrodynastes gigas, a mildly venomous member of the family Colubridae. An entirely different branch of snakes. Wholly unrelated to any above. Indigenous to South America. It forms a hood if disturbed.

Cobra

A. Monocled Cobra- Naja kaouthia
B. Shield Nosed Cobra- Aspedelapas scutatus 
C.King Cobra- Ophiophagus hanna
D. Ringhals- Hemachatus haemacatus
E. Egyptian Cobra- Naja haje
F. Coral Cobra- Aspedalapas lubricus

Cobra V Tiger

 The word “Cobra” is short for a Portuguese phrase “cobra de capelo,” which simply means, snake with a hood.   This iconic painting was done by Charles Knight, the artist that painted many dramatic Dinosaur scenes in the early 20th century. The tiger represents sheer power, like a battleship or cavalry. The cobra represents super powered unconventional weapon, like poison arrows or an atomic bomb. In reality, this is usually a stand off, with neither tiger nor Cobra interested in trying to test itself against the certain death of the other’s attack. 

Questions are often raised as to why so many people die from snake bites in countries like India. This video shows you part of the problem. If people are going to treat cobras like they are house pets, then the number of deaths will rise!

Cobra and secretary bird

The secretary bird of Africa, in search of a meal, uses its long legs to keep away from being bitten and it’s powerful feet to stamp the Cobra to death.

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Indian or Spectacled Cobra, (Naja naja.)

Indian or Spectacled Cobra,

Indian or Spectacled Cobra, (Naja naja.)

Indian or Spectacled Cobra,

Indian or Spectacled Cobra, (Naja naja.)

 

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Indian or Spectacled Cobra, (Naja naja.) Range Map

 

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The Caspian or Central Asian Cobra, (Naja oxiana) bites are rare. Females stay with their eggs until they hatch. Baby cobras eat toads and lizards, while adults prefer rats and other rodents.

 

Naja oxiana; Caspian Cobra

The Caspian or Central Asian Cobra, (Naja oxiana.) These are shy snakes that are alert and quick to flee. They have a loud hiss and will hood spread quickly if alarmed.

 

Caspian Cobra I

The Caspian and Indian Cobras over lap in India and Pakistan. The black phase of the Caspian. It is very often confused with the Indian Cobra, which can also be black. The Caspian is much more fond of dry areas.

 

Cobra as Aggressor

 In spite of their reputation, Cobras are not especially aggressive snakes. They have been kept in captivity for over a hundred years and the number of bites from captive Cobras is extremely small. Much smaller than for others, like rattlesnakes. They often take pre-killed rodents as food and become docile very quickly.
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This is not to say that anyone reading this should consider one as a pet!

Cobras and charmers

   Some snake charmers sew the Cobras’ mouths closed or the brake off teeth with a pliers or file, but some work with the Cobras so much they become used to handling and will not bite.

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   This has become a common sight in India and Indonesia. Obviously all these people are not Cobra experts with decades of handling experience to protect them from Cobra bites. Therefore the reverse must be true, the Cobras are not interested in biting. 

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Cobra venom farm

Cobra venom is being tested for use as a blood additive. The initial tests have been successful. An extremely small amount of venom is added to the blood to destroy bacteria or other particles that cannot be filtered from the blood. Once the procedure is perfected the Cobra venom will been made synthetically, from chemicals, so the Cobras will not be harmed.

 The European colonization of southeast Asia brought agribusiness, like coffee and cotton plantations, to areas that had never known it. These specialized farms created places where rats and mice could live close to people, both on the farms and in the settlements set up for their workers. And with the incoming rodents came the snakes, both venomous and non-venomous by the hundreds. Suddenly snakes like Cobras could be found living right under foot, literally! The numbers of bites and deaths skyrocketed. When anti-venoms were produced they still had to get to the people bitten, in a world without refrigerators.  The solution was to make the anti-venom right where the snakes were biting the people.  

Cobra in Our Mythology

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 The author of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling, also wrote a book about a mongoose protecting a boy from 2 evil cobras. Riki Tiki Tavi has delighted and frightened English speaking children all over the world since 1894. The story states clearly that the Cobras were the ones invaded upon by the humans and their mongoose protector, yet it is with the humans and the mongoose that the story’s sympathy lays. Eventually both Cobras and their unborn eggs are destroyed and justice is seen to be done in the conclusion.

Cobra myths
 This type of fiction was common for decades in magazines, books and movies. You can still find similar examples today. As entertainment I have no problem with it, but people believe it as fact and think Cobras are evil creatures out to get us!
 Author Bill Boesenberg 
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Weird Animals Party

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Weird Animals Party

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 lizards without them. This one is called a sheltopusik! They live in southern Europe and are the largest of the legless lizards, eating not just insects but snakes, other lizards and mice and moles. Weird Animals Party Prices NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)                                                           $375 CENTRAL NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)       $375 SOUTH NY, LI, Brklyn, Queens (845, 914, 516, 631, 718, 917)       $375 NYC Manhattan Only (212, 347, 646)                                         $460 No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                                           $375 CT (203)                                                                                          $375 PHILLY & SOUTH NJ (Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland)     $375 There are always discounts or upgrades, (our option) for returning customers. Discounts also for multiple programs, (over 1.) Add Turtle Races for really wild ride! $50 Add’l Don't Be...

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The Land That Time Forgot- Chapter 1

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

 Edgar Rice Burroughs The Land That Time Forgot- Chapter 1 It must have been a little after three o’clock in the afternoon that it happened—the afternoon of June 3rd, 1916. It seems incredible that all that I have passed through—all those weird and terrifying experiences—should have been encompassed within so short a span as three brief months. Rather might I have experienced a cosmic cycle, with all its changes and evolutions for that which I have seen with my own eyes in this brief interval of time – things that no other mortal eye had seen before, glimpses of a world past, a world dead, a world so long dead that even in the lowest Cambrian stratum no trace of it remains. Fused with the melting inner crust, it has passed forever beyond the ken of man other than in that lost pocket of the earth whither fate has borne me and where my doom is sealed. I am here and here must remain. After reading this far, my interest, which already had been stimulated by the finding of the manuscript, was approaching the boiling-point. I had come to Greenland for the summer, on the advice of my physician, and was slowly being bored to extinction, as I had thoughtlessly neglected to bring sufficient reading-matter. Being an indifferent fisherman, my enthusiasm for this form of sport soon waned; yet in the absence of other forms of recreation I was now risking my life in an entirely inadequate boat off Cape Farewell at the southernmost extremity of Greenland. Greenland! As a descriptive appellation, it is a sorry joke—but my story has nothing to do with Greenland, nothing to do with me; so I shall get through with the one and the other as rapidly as possible. The inadequate boat finally arrived at a precarious landing, the natives, waist-deep in the surf, assisting. I was carried ashore, and while the evening meal was being prepared, I wandered to and fro along the rocky, shattered shore. Bits of surf-harried beach clove the worn granite, or whatever the rocks of Cape Farewell may be composed of, and as I followed the ebbing tide down one of these soft stretches, I saw the thing. Were one to bump into a Bengal tiger in the ravine behind the Bimini Baths, one could be no more surprised than was I to see a perfectly good quart thermos bottle turning and twisting in the surf of Cape Farewell at the southern extremity of Greenland. I rescued it, but I was soaked above the knees doing it; and then I sat down in the sand and opened it, and in the long twilight read the manuscript, neatly written and tightly folded, which was its contents. You have read the opening paragraph, and if you are an imaginative idiot like myself, you will want to read the rest of it; so I shall give it to you here, omitting quotation marks—which are difficult of remembrance. In two minutes you will forget me. My home is in Santa Monica. I am, or was, junior member of my father’s firm. We are ship-builders. Of recent years we have specialized on submarines, which we have built for Germany, England, France and the United States. I know a sub as a mother knows...

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Sharks and Whales School Assembly

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Sharks and Whales School Assembly

Sovereigns of the Seas! Sovereigns of the Seas is our combination Sharks and Whales School Assembly that looks at both of these awesome and threatened groups of animals. On the “surface” this is a show of opposites: the sharks are fish and the whales are mammals; the sharks are generally loners and the whales live in groups, the sharks have been swimming in the oceans of the world since well before Dinosaurs walked on land and the whales came along well after. But as we look deeper, we find much more in common between them. New research is showing that some sharks species communicate with sound, like whales; some sharks protect their young, like whales and both groups will often cooperate to catch food. And of course sharks and whales also have the same major enemy, humans. Sharks and Whales School Assembly will try to bridge the gap in our understanding of both of these extremely important and interesting animals, showing their diversity, habits, inter-relationships and new findings as you’ve not seen before. The program has no living animals, but uses models, preserved specimens, posters and video clips to introduce the group to how these animals live. Sharks and Whales School Assembly looks at the animals on the inside. Sharks and Whales School Assembly looks at these animals on the outside. Since we cover so much and there is so much to see, we recommend 90 minutes for the Sharks and Whales School Assembly program. However we can do a shorter 60 minute version. Prices for Sharks and Whales School Assembly                                                                                     60/90 minutes NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)                                                   $300/$400CENTRAL NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)            $300/$400SOUTH NY (845, 914, 516, 631)                                           $300/$400NYC (212, 718, 917, 646, 347)                                             $400/$450No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                                   $300/$400CT (203)                                                                       $350/$400PHILLY & SOUTH NJ (Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland)   $350/$450  Returning yearly customers may pay the same price as last year for the same shows. Don't Be...

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Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In our Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly you will find animals that rarely share a stage together, from spiders to fish to giant lizards! The words, “Poisonous and Venomous,” are often confused and used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same. They are different enough in fact, so that one could be considered a adequate defense and the other an extremely effective offense. Poison, usually chemicals that maybe harmful if swallowed, acts as a deterrent to being eaten. These could be considered passive weapons that are only useful if the poisonous animal is attacked and then the attacker has to be susceptible to the poison. Venom, however is the nuclear weapon of the animal world! It can make a 10 pound rattlesnake the equal of a 1,000 pound horse, turn a sleepy cobra into the victor of a fight with a voracious tiger or allow a few dozen ants to knock off a giant grasshopper a hundred times their strength! Poisonous and venomous animals are everywhere, though we rarely see it that way. People know bees sting, but rarely express it as being attacked by a venomous animal, yet that’s what it is. The common garden variety toad is a poisonous animal that children play with everyday without harm. Though it’s true, few children try to eat toads. Nearly all these animals regard humans as at least an annoyance, but a few as mortal enemies, yet rarely do these animals attack humans, except in fear of their own lives. In spite of these facts humans have created a mythology around some venomous animals, like the cobra and tarantula, comparable to super-villain status. Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly SAFETY- NONE of these animals pose any threat to any person in the room. All the animals are contained and handled by experienced people and none of the animals we bring are truly dangerous in any way within the confines of this show and your school. The Animals of the Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly Prices for the Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)                                                $375 CENTRAL NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)            $375 SOUTH NY (845, 914, 516, 631)                                           $375 NYC Manhattan (212, 917, 646, 347)                                             $450 No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                                   $375 CT (203)                                                                     $375 Don't Be...

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Father Of Tragedy

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Aeschylus, the famous Greek playwright, who wrote perhaps ninety plays, (only seven or eight of which survive,) was known as The Father of Tragedy.  He wrote; The Persians, The Suppliants, Seven against Thebes,  Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Oresteia, The Eumenides, and possibly Prometheus Bound (whose authorship is disputed).  He survived the Battles of Marathon in 456BC, Salamis 480BC, and the Battle of Plataea in 479, all against the Persians. He traveled the Mediterranean to Sicily several times, in an age when water borne travel was far from safe. He was married, had two sons, and survived to the age of 69 in a world with no antibiotics, no hospitals, no vaccines and no knowledge of how the body worked when the average life span was about 35. All this he lived through, only to be killed by a tortoise! A tortoise was dropped by an eagle in order to smash it and eat it’s innards, but it landed on Aeschylus’ bald head! Whether the eagle was actually aiming for Aeschylus’ head, thinking his pate was a large stone, good for tortoise smashing, is impossible to know. Father of Tragedy indeed! Don't Be...

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Kaleidoscope of Animals School Assemblies

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope of Animals School Assemblies

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 Brazil, if weighed, would be heavier than all the trees combined! Yet most people probably wouldn’t even list ants as an animal from the rainforest, and many people would say they aren’t even animals! Kaleidoscope of Animals School Assemblies Animals Prices for Kaleidoscope of Animals School Assemblies This show works best as a 90 minute program with 10 animals, but we can cut it back to 60 minutes and 6 animals if you wish. Below are the two prices based on time and numbers of animals NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)       $600/$480 CENTRAL NJ (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)   $600/$480  SOUTH NJ (Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland)    $650/$550 SOUTH NY, Brklyn, Bronx, Queens, SI (845, 914, 516, 631)                 $550/$425-Animal availability differs NYC Manhattan (212, 917, 646, 347)       $600/$500-Animal availability differs PHILLY & Delaware Valley counties            $550/$425-Animal availability differs CT (203)                               $550/$425-Animal availability differs Don't Be...

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Dinosaurs and Fossils School Assemblies

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Dinosaurs and Fossils School Assemblies

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 is allowed. This may satisfy the requirements as well. Dinosaurs and Fossils School Assemblies ANIMALS AND FOSSILS Prices for Dinosaurs and Fossils School Assemblies NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)                                                  $375 CENTRAL NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)             $375 SOUTH NY (845, 914, 516, 631)                                           $375 NYC (212, 718, 917, 646, 347)                                              $450 No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                                    $375 CT (203)                                                                        $375 PHILLY & SOUTH NJ (Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland)      $425 Don't Be...

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Endangered Species School Assemblies

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Endangered Species School Assemblies

  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, (like the puffer, see below.) We have tried to choose some of the larger mammal species to represent their habitats as they have the greatest appeal to children and they are also impossible to bring into a school as living animals. Animals such as the rhino, jaguar or panda have instant recognition with kids and bring up images of the habitats of these animals from what they have seen in books and on TV. The pair of animals is presented within their habitat. There are specific dangers that threaten these animals in that habitat. The idea is to give as full a picture as possible, given the limitations of time, interest and grade. And all of this is done in a light-hearted way, so the kids will laugh and think, not become depressed! The higher the understanding/grade level the more involved the program can be. Obviously with children in the 2nd-4th grade levels the program will discuss the ideas in a more simplified fashion. Paired Animals and their habitats in Endangered Species School Assemblies  White Rhino and White Throat Monitor African Savanna The habitat they share is under threat from poachers that find the open grasslands easy to hunt in, livestock that eat the same grasses as the rhino and cause havoc for any smaller animals, and of course, just living space for people. Black Bear and American Alligator North American Swamp Their swamp habitat is actually protected in many areas from building homes or roads on it, but it isn’t defended against the water use that drains millions of gallons for orange groves and golf courses. What good is preventing home building if the swamp is dried up anyway? Jaguar And Green Anaconda South American Tropical Rainforest The Brazilian Rainforest is a place of marvels that would be terrible to lose! Harvesting of these trees and unsustainable farming continue to tear chunks out of the forest. Giant Panda And Reticulated Python Asian Sub-Tropical Forest The Asian sub-tropical forest spans the gap between the rainforest and mountain, or montane forests, and to the grassy steppe lands. They are a great mixture of species including bamboo groves and the pandas that live on them. —————————–Endangered Species School Assemblies are very flexible in their scope. We can include many different aspects of material depending on your needs, just ask when you call! East African Oryx and Sulcata Tortoise African Desert Desertification is the process of deserts expanding and becoming drier or even hotter. This process is occurring now as our climate changes...

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Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Entertainment

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Entertainment

 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 circumstances. We can accommodate requests for formal shows, a small display, a large display, photo taking, touching of the animals, walk around entertaining or any combination; held during the cocktail hour or throughout the party. And we are completely at home talking to teens! No little kiddie talk from us! Safety is our highest calling, but keeping everyone having a great time is a really close second! Our Options for Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party (Animals are below the Theme Options.) Animal Photo Taking This is the simplest and least expensive choice. Photo taking is what it says, no show, no discussions, just a hand full of animals (5) for pictures. The animals must always remain under our control, by law, so the guest can heft the back end of a python or pet the back of a lizard but we cannot hand the animal off to anyone. (No camera included.) $350 Themes for Shows and Displays Shows and displays generally have themes, though they don’t have to. Themes can include:  The Jungle or Rainforest, Desert Oasis, World Traveler, Undersea, Water World or Coral Reef, Dragons, Beneath the Earth, Reptiles and Amphibians, Zoo Keeper, South America or Asia,  or any unifying theme idea you choose. Some animals, especially the fish, are only available for unifying aquatic themes. Please discuss your interests with Bill when you book. Formal Show  This is an hour, audience seated, fun presentation with 10 animals. It is usually done during the cocktail hour but it can be done anytime. No photos are included here. $500 Informal Show This show allows your guests to come and go as they please. We stay behind a table and bring animals out for as long as we’re there. People may walk up and stay with us as long as they like or they can ignore us completely! 10 animals with no enclosures, animals are handled by us one at a time. It is assumed that you will want photos with our animals and your guests, that’s included in our Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party. $500 for 1 hour $750 for 2 hours + $125/hr afterwards Walk Around Entertainment This Animal Themed Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party choice is complicated. We need a private room to use as a base, where most the animals will stay, under lock, while we walk about with one. We will switch periodically. It is assumed that you will want photos with our animals and your guests, that’s included in our Animal Themed Bar and...

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Shark School Program

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Shark School Program

    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 deer, sometimes animals and people come together in a way where the person is hurt, but usually it’s the person that does the damage! Shark School Program Brings in New Research The more we learn about these animals the more surprised we are. Black tip sharks off South Africa have formed a 300 member cooperative group that resembles a dolphin pod more than any shark assemblage ever seen. They protect each other from the bigger Tiger Sharks, hunt together and actually send vocal signals to one anther to announce possible feeding opportunities! Our Shark School Program is certainly the only place where new research will be discussed with students in a multi-media setting. Prices for Shark School Program NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)                                                   $300CENTRAL NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)            $300SOUTH NY (845, 914, 516, 631)                                           $300NYC (212, 718, 917, 646, 347)                                             $400No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                                   $300CT (203)                                                                       $350PHILLY & SOUTH NJ (Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland)   $350  Returning yearly customers may pay the same price as last year for the same shows. ONE STOP SHOPPING! If you use us for multiple options, I.E. an Anti-Bullying show, a Reptile show and an Aquatic show, all in the same school year, we will discount all your shows! Discounts also for small audiences, (under 20,) and multiple back to back programs, (over 1.) Book Shark School Assemblies call Bill at 973-248-9964 Don't Be...

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