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What is a Reptile Encounter?

A Reptile Encounter will give you and your audience a close up look at a fascinating group of animals, the reptiles of course. Reptile expert, Mark Perpetua, will both educate and entertain while he discusses the role of these animals in ecology. Watch as he handles alligators, rattlesnakes and gets 'wrapped up' with a python.

Reptile Encounters is owned and operated by Mark Perpetua. Mark is a high school biology teacher and naturalist from Saugerties, NY. He has spent over 30 years working with reptiles and educating the public. Mark holds a Masters degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He did his thesis on python breeding and genetics. Mark also spent 6 years working with an accredited reptile zoo while he maintained his own collection. He has presented thousands of programs for a variety of events including:

  • Schools and Scout Groups
  • Resorts
  • Museums including the American Museum of Natural History, NY City
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Birthday Parties
  • Fund Raisers
  • TV appearances
  • Reptile Encounters has a variety of animals available to customize shows for all occasions, large and small. See available animals or photo gallery for more information. Large and small, we have over 40 animals in our collection. Call or email to see what is currently available. Reptile Encounters is also able to take in many unwanted pet reptiles.


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