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Posted by Glen Archer on June 07, 1999 at 20:27:33:
In Reply to: presentations.... posted by jason on May 12, 1999 at 18:15:14:
Sorry for answering so late, I just cruised into this forum for the first time.
I would suggest a couple of things when making presentations.
Firstly, NEVER present a snake to your audience head first.
If you present the tail end for people to study/touch they will not
get too anxious if they aren't comfortable around snakes.
If you are trying to let people have a chance at touching your snake, do not
get pushy. I find that kids especially will feel enough peer pressure without
having the presenter helping. I have only dealt with 1 kindergarten class where
1 little girl wouldn't touch a corn snake. I left her alone, allowed EVERY other
kid in the class touch it, and she still didn't succumb to peer pressure.
I respected that little girl and her steadfastedness.
One thing that I do, and I don't care if you follow my example or not, is to
make sure that snakes are never shown before the actual presentation.
If I had cages to travel with, then I would allow them to be displayed beforehand.
I pillowcase and box my stuff up. When I start the presentation, I announce that I
am going to take my first animal out of the bag. I find that this keeps the nervous
types a little under control. I have seen people literally run out of the room when
people suddenly spring a snake on the audience. Good luck, Glen.
: i really would like to present some of my snakes at birthday parties, schools ect.. i only have 3 snakes a bp and 2 corns. what do some of you say or do when you bring in snakes??? please give me advice thanks.