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Learn about Reptiles & Amphibians with Jungle Bob

Learn about Jungle Bob, one of Howcast's reptile and amphibian experts, in this video.


This is Jungle Bob, coming to you live from Jungle Bob's Reptile World in Centereach, Long Island, New York. We're New York's largest reptile-only pet store. We're full service: we have all the supplies, all the live animals, everything you need to responsibly take care of these magnificent creatures.

But, really, we're so much more than that. Our roots are in conservation and education, and what we do here is to dispel the myths that are often associated with these amazing creatures. I call them the unloved, the unusual, and the unknown. The reptiles, the amphibians, and the invertebrates are largely misunderstood by the general public, and often depicted as monsters that are trying to attack people and do harm.

I'm a veteran of 41 trips to tropical rainforests and dozens of others, to habitats throughout the country. And I've seen these animals, where they come from and where they live, and I know there's nothing really evil about a spider, a tarantula, or a snake. They're one of life's creatures, and they deserve respect as much as anyone out there.

Lions, tigers, and bears, polar bears and whales get a lot of the funding when it comes to conservation, and that's great. I think they need to be protected as well. But there's not a lot of people really interested and worrying about the bottom of the food chain here. The majority of life of earth, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles make up a large part of almost every habitat.

And if that disappears, where does that leave us? So, our organization does a tremendous amount of work in schools, libraries, camps, senior citizen centers, and we get our points across right down to birthday parties.

Here at the store, we have the Outback Nature Center, which in the summertime is filled with these creatures on display that the public can encounter and interface with. There is nothing more important than being able to actually touch a snake such as this, to understand it's not slimy, and it's not deadly or looking to harm anyone. We have giant tortoises on display, roaming iguanas, all that can be fed by the public.

And we're one of Long Island's hottest new destinations. Jungle Bob's Reptile World, Centereach, New York. 631-737-6474. Or, check us out on the web, at We're the coolest store in New York.

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