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    I've done a lot of wildlife education work, and helping people overcome a fear of snakes was always one of my favorite parts of presentations.

    In undergrad school I was doing a presentation about the insects, arachnids, and reptiles in our collection. One of my favorites was a beautiful California King who, between his appearance and his temperament, was a fantastic ambassador. My audience that day was a group of nine-year-olds, many of whom were very nervous about snakes - maybe partly because their teacher was obviously terrified and had retreated to the furthest possible point in the room.

    I turned on as much charm as possible, and brought out my trusted ambassador to seal the deal and convince everyone that snakes are nothing to be scared of. Just as I got the King into my hands, our huge and definitely unfriendly Bird-eating Tarantula flung herself against the glass of her enclosure for some reason, and the loud 'smack' plus the sight of that big spider caused an uproar. The uproar - kids jumping around and screaming - startled the Kingsnake, who whipped around and bit me on my hand. He apparently hit a capillary, so blood started just streaming down my arm.

    It was a freaking circus. I don't think I converted any snake- or spider-phobic kids that day!
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    Re: Personal funny reptile moments

    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin View Post
    I've done a lot of wildlife education work, and helping people overcome a fear of snakes was always one of my favorite parts of presentations.

    In undergrad school I was doing a presentation about the insects, arachnids, and reptiles in our collection. One of my favorites was a beautiful California King who, between his appearance and his temperament, was a fantastic ambassador. My audience that day was a group of nine-year-olds, many of whom were very nervous about snakes - maybe partly because their teacher was obviously terrified and had retreated to the furthest possible point in the room.

    I turned on as much charm as possible, and brought out my trusted ambassador to seal the deal and convince everyone that snakes are nothing to be scared of. Just as I got the King into my hands, our huge and definitely unfriendly Bird-eating Tarantula flung herself against the glass of her enclosure for some reason, and the loud 'smack' plus the sight of that big spider caused an uproar. The uproar - kids jumping around and screaming - startled the Kingsnake, who whipped around and bit me on my hand. He apparently hit a capillary, so blood started just streaming down my arm.

    It was a freaking circus. I don't think I converted any snake- or spider-phobic kids that day!
    Oh, that was awfully bad luck! Funny mostly in hindsight, I daresay? I'm glad I had better luck when making "converts". One time I was asked to do a snake presentation for a kid's summer "camp"- & the man in charge who set it up told me his son was in the group, but not to be insulted if he was the first to run from the room- he said his son took after him (disliking snakes) but he still felt they should learn about them. So it turned out his son was in the front row, & as I started talking & handling snakes, he was first out of his chair alright, but it was only because he was fascinated & wanted to touch the snakes! Sorry dad...
    Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
    Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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