One of the moms in my homeschooling group was amazing enough to set up a visit from Reptileman for our homeschoolers. Look, anyone who runs something called the Serpentarium and claims 2-headed turtles and albino alligators is all right with my kids. The venue and the crowd were small: a meeting room at the local library and participants limited to 100.
What does that mean to you? It means you get to be much closer to the reptiles than you might otherwise be. (Yippee?) In addition to a tortoise that would live 300 years, there were snacks and alligators, Gila monsters and lizards, too. My kids both held (voluntarily!) the baby alligator (3 feet, some baby). They were not at all deterred by the fact that it peed on Reptileman. They patted the tortoise and felt the skin of Gila monster. The best photo, however, was one that included a partially-albino Burmese python. Again, not full grown...it was only about 9 feet long and took 7 children to hold.
Buttercup doesn't quite know what to make of the entire thing, does she?
Reptileman is based out of Western Washington, just north of Seattle, so if you, too, would like to get up close and personal with reptiles, head out to the Serpentarium yourself.
P.S. Did I mention that the kids have upped the pressure on us for a Seattle trip? Do you think Superman could handle the Serpentarium while I head to Ikea and Trader Joe's with Nan? We could all meet up at Sonic after their thrilling visit. They'd be happy, I'd be happy and Nan would be happy because we'd be heading to Sonic ;).