As of Tuesday, March 29, 2016
KOOSKIA On Wednesday, March 16, Reptile Man came to Clearwater Valley Elementary School. Because he had visited a few years prior, students were excited all day long. He did not disappoint.
As promised, he brought many unique and intriguing reptilians. First up was the 30-year-old desert tortoise with a shell so hard that you can knock on it with a microphone (and the old guy barely noticed). These slow-movers can live for up to 200 years. Next up was Ethan Edwards who was chosen to sport a bearded dragon on his shoulder. He proudly paraded back and forth showing off his new, golden-colored friend. Although the next animal has been told to be frightening, the Gila monster proved not to be super scary, rather his orange and black colors were awe-inspiring. This creature can go a year without eating. The next visitor, however, did evoke some screams as a milk snake was introduced. This snake’s orange, black and white pattern tells us it is not poisonous. A highlight of the show for Janessa Moran (pictured at left) was volunteering to be squeezed by a boa constrictor. The brave girl used this snake as a belt. Finally, we were all dazzled by Lucy the alligator. Her charming smile made many a student happy as they were able to take a picture with her as a hat!
Thank you to the CVE PTSA for bringing Scott Petersen, the Reptile Man, to our school once again. If you are ever in Monroe, Wash., be sure to visit him and all his creature friends (www.reptileman.com).
— CVES teacher Tori Swan