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Wriggly Reptiles - Fringe Word 2018

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by Jay Crisp Crow (subscribe)
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Can you say sssssssnake?
They say never work with children or animals.

But Cass from Wriggly Reptiles makes both look... well, fun!

Let me set the scene: it's a Saturday late afternoon during the last weekend of Fringe. My little snake enthusiast and I are lining up outside the Delux tent and he's bouncing. BOUNCING. With enthusiasm. I am wondering how one performer in a sold out tent full of wriggly children, wriggly reptiles, and possibly wriggly (it is about 40 degrees in the shade) parents is going to possibly make the show entertaining for everyone in attendance.

It's safe to say Cass is some kind of magician.

She doesn't pull critters out of hats (they all have their own boxes, lest the big one eats the smaller ones) but she does have some kind of super-engagement pixie dust that lands over a very hot audience. So much so, that I don't hear ONE child complain they're hot in the 50 minutes of performance.

We meet local lizards, slithery snakes, and we TOUCH them. What's more - most of the kids get on stage at some point to hold them, have them sit on their heads, or share the load of one rather large reptile and say "SNAAAAKE" for the cameras.

Even the AUSLAN interpreter is showcased when the biggest snake looks to be heading her way for a bit of a nibble.

Roaming Reptile Education was founded in 2011 by Cass Rowles, a teacher, science communicator, and performer. Cass has performed reptile shows at countless birthday parties and schools in the Perth area, and is always greeted by the children's shouts of "THE SNAKE LADY IS HERE!"

Wriggly Reptiles won a coveted Fringe World Festival award during its sold-out season, and although the Festival is over, Cass brings Roaming Reptile Education to you - wherever you may be in Perth.

Cass' mission is a world where kids are just as in love with snakes and lizards as they are with cats and dogs. After 50 minutes in Cass' world, I think she might be on track.

No, Hugs, we can't sell the chihuahuas and get a snake.

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Why? To get wriggly with reptiles
When: Fringe World Season 2018
Where: Roaming Reptile Education comes to you
Cost: From $20
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