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Charmingfare Farm hosts Reptile Day. Courtesy photo.




Reptile Day

When: Saturday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
Where: Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia
Cost: $19 (includes full day of admission to the farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; children under 23 months get in for free)
Call: 483-5623
Visit: visitthefarm.com




Scaly friends
Charmingfare Farm hosts special “Reptile Day” event

08/04/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Charmingfare Farm in Candia is known more for its cute petting zoo animals than for scaly, possibly slimey things, but on Saturday, Aug. 6, more than 20 different reptilian species from around the world will be stealing the show.

The green and scaly animals will take center stage at 1 p.m. for an educational demonstration courtesy of NERD, the Plaistow-based New England Reptile Distributors.
“This is the fifth or sixth year that [NERD] will come out, and it’s always a popular day for the farm,” Linda Ellis of Charmingfare Farm said. “A lot of our members and employees even come to the show to watch. It’s a very fun photo opportunity for the kids.”
NERD founder and reptile expert Kevin McCurley will be bringing a variety of different species of snakes, lizards and other reptiles to the farm for an onstage presentation followed by a hands-on demonstration on the farm’s lawn, in which volunteers from the audience will get a chance to touch and even hold some of the animals. McCurley will also answer any questions people may have about where the reptiles come from, as well as what they eat and where they create their habitats.
“People will get to handle the animals on their own and get to know them on a personal level,” said Alana Hess of NERD, who presented the reptiles at Charmingfare Farm last year. “We like to show people that they can be handleable and friendly, and that they are not always these monsters that movies or the media may make them out to be.”
NERD first started as a pet store called Zoo Creatures in McCurley’s apartment more than 30 years ago and has since evolved into a two-floor dual business of sorts, with a pet store downstairs and a much more specialized breeding facility upstairs. The store ships to customers all over the world.
Hess said the reptiles include some of the more rare species of reptiles that hail mostly from regions in South America, Africa and Indonesia. Among those expected to make an appearance at the farm is a reticulated python named “Miss Piggy.” At more than 18 feet long, the southeast Asian reticulated python is among the longest species of snake in the world, according to Hess.
McCurley will also be bringing lizard species like a South American apex predator called a tegu, as well as a five-foot-long Asian water monitor from Indonesia, the world’s leading breeder of that particular animal. Hess said the world’s first captively bred albino water monitor ever to be hatched — named “Gadzookie,” or “Zooks” for short — will be among those making an appearance.
The Charmingfare Farm show is one of several other events and tours that NERD hosts each year. Hess said tours are held at the NERD’s upstairs breeding facility every Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. She is also one of two NERD employees who brings the reptiles for shows at elementary schools, boy scout camps, and even birthday parties.





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