What a croc-er encounter
Shepparton Harmony Village resident Anna Jonkers was happy to meet Mr Smiley the saltwater crocodile yesterday. More than 40 residents at the aged care centre met turtles, lizards, pythons, frogs and crocodiles, thanks to a visit from Melbourne’s Mobile Zoo Reptile Encounters. ‘‘It was the first time I’ve seen a crocodile and I was glad his mouth was tied shut when I held him,’’ Ms Jonkers said.
Slippery, slithery and slimy reptiles of all descriptions were on show at Shepparton’s Harmony Village yesterday.
‘‘We like to give our residents experiences they wouldn’t usually have,’’ Harmony Village leisure and lifestyle co-ordinator Joy Peters said.
‘‘It takes them out of their comfort zone and is something different for them to enjoy.’’
More than 40 residents at the aged care centre met turtles, lizards, pythons, frogs and crocodiles thanks to a visit from Melbourne’s Mobile Zoo Reptile Encounters.
‘‘We’ve been around for 10 years and are all about education,’’ Reptile Encounters Senior Wildlife Ambassador Kara U’Ren said.
‘‘No matter how old participants are, we bring joy to them and everyone’s reaction is always the same.
‘‘The older generation remember these animals being around and being in their backyards.’’
Harmony Village resident Anna Maria was lucky enough to hold Mr Smiley, the saltwater crocodile, and said she thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
‘‘It was fun, it wasn’t scary at all,’’ she said.
‘‘It was the first time I’ve seen a crocodile and I was glad his mouth was tied shut when I held him.’’
A little worried: Freda Brown holds Victorian carpet python Victor at Harmony Village yesterday.
Touch and feel: Tom Boschetti checks out frilled-necked lizard Elizabeth during the Reptile Encounters visit.
Go on now: Harmony Village resident Thelma Watt touches stumpy-tailed lizard Russell, held by Kara U’Ren.
Big boy: Victorian carpet python Victor is a non-venomous snake. The species constricts its prey before consuming it.