They crawl and pique our curiosity


NEWRY – Have you ever held an alligator? Looked a snake in the eye? Well, here’s your chance. Saturday, Feb. 3, founders of Rainforest Reptile Shows will be at Sunday River Ski Resort to show and talk about reptiles, amphibians and the importance of preserving rainforests.

These rainforest creatures – from iguanas and lizards to boa constrictors and American alligators – will crawl, slither or creep their way around the reptile show ring as part of an interactive demonstration.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the North and South Ballroom of the Grand Summit Resort Hotel. Host Michael Ralbovsky, a professionally trained herpetologist with a bachelor of science degree in biology, will introduce audiences to some of his more than 200 exotic reptile rainforest friends.

Rainforest Reptile Shows, a family-based business in Massachusetts, was established in November 1993, by Joaney M. Gallagher and Ralbovsky to entertain and educate people of all ages about reptiles and the importance of preserving the natural habitats of the world.

Tickets for this family event are $4 for children (6-12) and $6 for adults in advance; $6 and $8, respectively, at the door. Tickets may be purchased on-mountain at the South Ridge Welcome Center, the Snow Cap Inn and the Grand Summit Hotel front desk or at Books N Things in Bethel. For more information, call (207) 824-3575.