A SNAKES-N-SCALES presentation is a unique experience. Our shows are thematic so you can choose which show you prefer or have us back many times and not see the same show! We use jokes, stories, "animal's eyes" views of the world, anecdotes, factoids, question and answer and a gentle, controlled, touching experience to make children laugh, think and feel. They will laugh because it's fun, so they will remember it. They will think thanks to our engaging, experienced teachers. They will touch the animal so they will feel it's reality and hopefully someday, when they look back on this day, remember and understand that these creatures are our neighbors on Earth.
THE STRANGE WORLD OF REPTILES
This is our most popular show with the four types of reptiles visiting right in your living room. Most of these animals can be touched under the watchful eyes of our instructor. We might bring lizards like a Bearded Dragon, or a Blue-Tongued Skink, or maybe a Leopard Gecko; for turtles you might meet a Box Turtle, African Tortoise or Red-foot Tortoise, a big Boa Constrictor or an amazing Burmese Python will represent the snakes, and as something only Snakes-N-Scales can bring to you, a baby Alligator. Only the Snakes-N-Scales teacher can touch the Alligator but you can see it very closely! We'll talk about the specialties of each and what they eat, joke about things they do and find out if these creatures make good pets.
Snakes-N-Scales and Turtle Tales was founded in 1995, by Bill Boesenberg. It is the largest Animal Outreach Educational Organization in NJ.
Snakes-N-Scales comprises a collection of over 500 reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and sea creatures. Nearly all of the reptiles and amphibians are rescued animals from unfortunate situations.
Snakes-N-Scales has performed for stars such as Bruce Springstein twice, Rosie O'Donnell, and James Gandolphini.
Regular guest on New Jersey News 12, TV program, "The Pet Stop" and has been featured on the TV shows, "Wild About Animals","Fox News Magazine"and "The Tyra Banks Show."
Always willing to stretch ourselves, we have also collaborated on photo ads with "Mundi" hand bags.
Regular presenter for Pocono Envirn. Ed. Ctr, Tenafly Ntr Ctr, Rye Ntr Ctr, Great Swamp Outdoor Ed Ctr, Trailside Ntr Ctr, Allamuchy School, Kawamee Sch, Sparta Library, Jersey City Libraries, and hundreds of others.
WHY CHOOSE US?
We perform 1400 SHOWS PER YEAR.
We have 7 PEOPLE PER WEEKEND, 5 FULL TIMERS. (Bill, Brie, Pete, Rachael, Erin, Mat and Debbie), So the time you want is more available and the people are professional. Since we have MULTIPLE PEOPLE TO COVER illnesses or accidents, our cancellation rate is zero.
Bill has 26 YEARS EXPERIENCE working with reptiles, more than double any competitor. He is a recognized EXPERT IN THIS FIELD. And everyone here is trained by, and works for, him. He is available to speak to; HE ANSWERS THE PHONE when you call.
About 90% of our ANIMALS ARE RESCUED. When you patronize us, you help them, and help us help more of them. We don’t send money to others to do good works, WE DO IT OURSELVES.
Our instructors are MEN AND WOMEN, to provide equal opportunities to have good role models, for boys and girls.
We’re SERIOUS, WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR. We understand that safety is most important, but after that, this should be fun!
DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN USED US TWO YEARS IN A ROW!!! What else can be said!?
AND UNLIKE OUR COMPETITORS -We don’t make our living by selling animals, our philosophy isn’t a card game, we’re not a discount toy store, nor are we clowns, in costume, with snakes round our necks, and this isn’t a retirement or second job.
WE ARE COMPLETELY PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM PERFORMERS AND ZOO KEEPERS, ALL DAY, ALL WEEK, ALL YEAR.
AND WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!
Bill, the presssident, is a 25-year experienced, recognized expert in the field of reptile care (herpetology), who decided to make his life’s goal the education of people about these misunderstood creatures. His credentials are unmatched in NJ. Bill's expertise and good natured humor appeal to all who surround him. His programs are informative, educational and fun.
When you hire a member of Snakes-N-Scales you receive the benefits of Bill’s expertise since all employees are specially trained and qualified. Many are certified teachers; all have a wide experience with children and an excellent command of animal handling and showmanship. Everyone at Snakes-N-Scales is dedicated to making our visit a fantastic experience, full of insight, knowledge, discovery and wonder. Whichever program you choose will be an adventurous exploration into the animal world providing experiences that will last a lifetime.
Bill’s experience is impressive: he has repaired countless turtle shells that were struck by cars, hatched endangered turtle eggs, mended broken legged frogs, nursed 100 lb pythons, pulled lost alligators out of people’s pools, treated sick vipers and rattlers, performed surgery on injured and dead mother snakes and turtles to rescue the eggs for hatch and release, answered dozens of calls from local police for snake identification and capture, caught loose monitor lizards on the turnpike, rescued injured venomous snakes, and he has opened his home to become a haven for hundreds of orphaned reptiles.
His studies of reptiles have taken him to places such as California, Florida and West Virginia. He studied crocodiles in Venezuela, South America. And of course he continues his work in New Jersey where he resides.
He also studied bottle-nosed dolphins in Florida. He assisted in emergency surgeries of birds of prey, raised native NJ mammals such as opossum and woodchuck, rehabilitated adult and baby bats, cared for tamarins,(monkeys), meerkats, (mongoose), fenec fox, and tenrec, raised parrots, tarantulas and scorpions!!
Bill is a self taught Herpetologist. Studied in Florida, California, W. Virginia, Venezuela and New Jersey.
Founder/Director of the New Jersey Herpetological Rescue Society
First New Jersey State Reptile Rehabilitator.
Herpetological consultant for Popcorn Park Zoo and The Trailside Nature And Science Center.
Author reptiles and amphibian section “Wildlife in Education: A Guide for the Care and Use of Program Animals” NWRA pub. 2004
Author children’s picture book,” I Am Snake:A Story of Self-Discovery” pub. 2005
Volunteer consultant for Poison Control Hotline,in the management of snake bites.
Volunteer herpetologist and consultant for the State of New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Division.
Zoo keeper, health technician and natural history teacher for the Newark Museum for 13 years.
Exotic animal specialist technician for the Plainfield Animal Hospital for 8 years
Herpetological and Paleontological book reviewer for American Association for the Advancement of Science
As a Paleontologist, discoverer of outcrop, "Carnosaur Creek" and a Daspletosaurus vertebrae