MaxMan Reptile Rescue visited fourth graders at Lanigan recently to present, promote and educate about reptiles.
Presenter and founder of Maxman Reptile Rescue, Diana Sleiertin spoke to students about the lifecycles of reptiles, as well as common reptile adaptations.
Sleiertin brought with her Rewind, a tortoise, as well as a Marco the Bearded Dragon, Rosie the tarantula and Priscilla the California King Snake.
While Rewind scooted around on the floor, Sleiertin explained how every animal has a life cycle.
Rewind, a land reptile, can live upwards of 150 years. Information like this is especially important to know when choosing a reptile as a pet.
Students learned that leopard geckos have an interesting defense mechanism; they will drop their tail if they feel threatened or their tail is grabbed.
The tail loss distracts a predator long enough so that the gecko can flee.
The Crested Gecko is another reptile that has developed many unique characteristics over time. It has developed specialized feet that allow the gecko to climb and stick to surfaces. The tail is also made of the same layer, allowing it to have a better grip while navigating vertical surfaces. This adaptation allows the lizard to climb into the trees, where it nests and takes cover. The gecko can also blend in with its environment, or camouflage itself to avoid detection by predators.
Students were able to touch a Green Iguana and a Burmese Python at the presentation’s end.