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A yellow boa constrictor was presented to Martin Elementary students on Friday. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

PARKERSBURG — Students at Martin Elementary were treated to a visit from some scaly creatures on Friday when Keith Gisser, a herpetologist and reptile handler with Herps Alive Reptile Rescue, brought some friends over to meet them.

Gisser introduced students to reptiles such as turtles, bearded dragons, tegus (a species of South American lizard), blue-tongued skink, “who does not stink” and of course, snakes. There was also a frog, a member of the amphibian family.

The students screamed in delight and amazement as Gisser pulled out each reptile, with the biggest show of excitement coming when Benny, the 15-foot-long Burmese python, was introduced.

Gisser introduced each reptile, explained where they could be found in the wild, talked about what they ate, and then walked around to allow students to interact with each first hand.

A group of brave students volunteered to come hold Benny to demonstrate the incredible length these reptiles can get.

Martin Elementary students were able to pet a California king snake during Friday’s reptile show. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

Herps Alive Reptile Rescue is a nonprofit foundation in South Euclid, Ohio that welcomes unwanted, abused, and neglected reptiles and adoptable reptiles and amphibians, lightly used gear, guided tours, programs educational and more. They have rescued reptiles from over 15 states and made appearances at over 200 college campuses and schools in 36 states. They can be contacted at [email protected]

Douglass Huxley can be contacted at [email protected]

Pictured left are Keith Gisser of Herps Alive Reptile Rescue; Paxton Arnott, Kindergarten; Fletcher Nguyen, Kindergarten; Liam Jenkins, third year; Tiana Morris, fifth grade; Chelsea Hall, sophomore; Lilah Beltcher, freshman; and fourth-grade Paige McCutcheon held a yellow boa constrictor on Friday to demonstrate just how long these reptiles can grow. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

Reptile trainer Keith Gisser of Herps Alive Reptile Rescue spoke to the students as a bearded dragon rested on his head. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

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