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Animal Encounters
and Handling

This is a great opportunity to get hands on and very close to some incredible animals. Discover more about their amazing abilities, adaptations, textures, patterns and
 individual personalities. Under Jays expert guidance you'll soon be a competent handler!



Suitable for any sized group although obviously the experience and individual handling time is more intimate the smaller the group size.

Keeping Exotic Animals in Captivity

Using a variety of live animals, bio facts and a collection of amazing images we look at the husbandry requirements of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.  The session can be tailor-made to suit your specific course requirements but typically covers the following points:  housing, heating, lighting, substrates, feeding, breeding, incubation, common species, correct handling, diseases & disorders.

Suitable for small or large audiences (up to 300 people)

College Lecture - Keeping Exotic Animals in Captivity


The following is a brief synopsis of a lecture that has proved very popular, its content and focus can be easily changed to suit your students needs. Please do not hesitate to let me know your particular requirements.


Using a variety of live animals, bio facts and a collection of his own amazing images Jay looks at the husbandry requirements of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.  The session can be tailor-made to suit your specific course requirements but typically covers the following points:

Snake enclosure

The importance of choosing the right size, shape and materials for your vivarium, including points on understanding how your animals will use the space provided.  There are also a lot of prefabricated vivariums, tanks and enclosures on the market today, made with a variety of materials, (wood, glass, acrylic, plastic mesh) but how do you know which one will best suit your animals requirements?


Reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates are unable to generate their own body temperature unlike birds and mammals.  In order for these animals to thrive in captivity, it is vital that we create not only the right kind of housing but also provide the correct temperature for them to live in.  Points covered in this section include:- choosing a heat source; creating a thermal gradient; maintaining the right temperature using thermometers and thermostats.


Lighting is another key factor in maintaining healthy animals.  We will cover the many different types of lighting, how, where and when to use it, to create the right light levels and photoperiod.



Our set- up wouldn’t be complete without a nicely furnished interior, designed to suit the inhabitants. Here we look at water bowls, plants and hides as well as selecting a suitable substrate that can cope with our humidity requirements.



Snake feeding

Iguana feeding

To keep our animals in good health, we must provide a varied and well balanced diet that reflects what the animals would eat in the wild.  Correct size and amount of food, feeding methods, vitamins and gut loading will all be covered.



Sexing - Primary and secondary sexual characteristics of males and females in reptiles, amphibians and some invertebrates will be discussed, accompanied by examples.
Breeding - Now that we have a sexed pair of animals, how do we get them to breed?  The courtship rituals and reproduction in some of these animals is truly amazing. Here we look at some of my own unique video clips that demonstrate these behaviours.

Hatching Gecko


The incubation section of the talk touches briefly on methods of incubation and mediums used, incubation times, temperatures and how they can sometimes influence the sex of the hatchlings.

Common Species
Here we look at some of the popular species that the students are likely to encounter.

Correct Handling

Correct methods of handling are not only important for the animal being held but also for the safety of the handler.  I will demonstrate good handling techniques and methods of restraint.


Diseases & Disorders

Unfortunately, diseases and disorders do occur and this section touches on some of the more common ailments, how to spot the tell-tale signs and what the average keeper can do to rectify some of the more straightforward situations.

Based in the North East of England