Giant Lizard Spooks Mom at Library, Kids Love It

Owen Maerks of the East Bay Vivarium stopped by the Sharp Park Library to introduce kids and parents alike to some creepy crawlies.

Owne Maerks, co-owner of the East Bay Vivarium in Berkeley, has been teaching kids about reptiles, spiders and amphibians for about 30 years now. He's seen young people come back to his shows again and again until one day, they're adults sitting in the crowd. 

On Wednesday, kids and parents in Pacifica had a chance to learn something about these animals and even handle them at the . 

Maerks showed everything from a giant tortiose to a King snake, "the snake that eats snakes."

Watch the video for more. 

Zoe June 24, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Come to the library every Tuesday at Sanchez at 3:00pm and every Wednesday at Sharp Park at 3:00 for summer reading programs!!
Kristine Wong June 24, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Now whenever I walk by a cooler, I'll think there's a giant snake inside it. Great video, I love the East Bay Vivarium. The bullfrog was my favorite of the bunch. S/he was surprisingly mellow in front of so many people...
Gabriela Segovia-McGahan June 25, 2011 at 09:38 PM
That is the cutest frog ever!
PTP June 26, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Well, here we go again... Once Plater and his bio-bots from the Center for Biological Perversity get wind of the "endangered" reptile and amphibian sightings at Sharp Park Library, expect the library to go the way of the Sharp Park Golf Course. Yup, pretty soon the kiddies, as well as the adults, will be denied access to this veritable treasure trove of knowledge. But hold back the tears, little Jimmy. Take joy in the possibility that Pacifica will have the most book smart riparian population in the county, if not the world. Hey Chamber of Commerce, are you listening? Just two words for ya: Trip Advisor.
Bhatman June 26, 2011 at 07:09 PM
someone is off their meds again


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