Slithering, slinking reptile shows entertain students at local grade schools

Erin Kelly, a brave fifth-grader at Hilltop Elementary, is seen here with a live python draped around her neck during one of the Reptile Man's shows at local grade schools on Sept. 23.

LONG BEACH - On Monday, Sept. 23, students at Long Beach Elementary and also at Hilltop Middle School got the chance to learn first-hand all about slithering, slinking snakes and various reptiles courtesy of Scott Peterson, also known as the Reptile Man.

Prior to arriving on the Peninsula with his live reptile "classroom," Peterson has given performances for over 800 schools in the Northwest. He has also performed for corporations such as Microsoft, Boeing, and Eddie Bauer. He has also been on Disney's nationally televised "Bill Nye - The Science Guy."

Peterson gave shows during the day at both Long Beach Elementary and at Hilltop Middle School, giving students a chance to experience reptiles, snakes, tortoises and iguanas.

He gave another performance at Long Beach Elementary later that evening, which gave students the chance to have their picture taken with a large python draped around their necks.

"The students were all lined up to have their picture taken with the python," said Shauna Kelly, a teachers assistant at Long Beach Elementary. "The students loved it and best of all they really learned something. We all did. The shows were a big hit."

According to Kelly, this was the first time Peterson has performed for Peninsula schools.

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