Animal Keeper & Wildlife Educator
Reptiles Alive Name: “Boa Brad; aka Showtastic”
Hissstory: Boa Brad was relocated to Reptiles Alive from a fish & water quality research project in February 2010.
RA Diet: Brad enjoys eating packed lunches of leftovers or a delicious sammie.
Natural Diet: Greens, meats, processed human food.
Range: Boa Brad has lived in Vermont, New York, Virginia, Italy and Spain.
Habitat: You can find Boa Brad working in the animal rooms at Reptiles Alive HQ, or out in the field performing live reptile shows at birthdays, scout meetings, schools, and all kinds of events. He also enjoys forays into wild areas for hiking and outdoor fun.
Size: Brad has reached a total length of 6’1″.
Lifespan: Boa Brad could live to 90 years or more.
Reproduction: Boa Brad has been mated for 10 years and has produced three offspring.
Conservation: In addition to working at Reptiles Alive, Boa Brad is currently attending George Mason University and is working towards graduating with a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Science. His long term goals include studying the effects of toxic chemicals in the environment to help in the conservation of endangered habitats.
Cool Facts: As the Lead Animal Keeper at Reptiles Alive, Boa Brad is in charge of the daily care and feeding of more than 50 different animals. Brad enjoys working with the animals on such a personal level. He has even come up with theme songs for some of them. For example, when he works with Janis the leopard tortoise, he thinks of “Low Rider” by the band War and when he sees Major Gary the plated lizard, he thinks of Joe Walsh singing “Life’s Been Good to Me So Far.”
As a Wildlife Educator, Brad combines the skills he learned as an English teacher along with his funny, easy going personality. Children and adults laugh out loud during his fun programs. Boa Brad lovesssssss reptiles and hopes you will too!