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Top Ten Reptile Reactions

Published: March 16, 2010

The ENC Animal Caretakers Team visited the South Shore Christian Academy in Weymouth on March 11, bringing a variety of reptiles and amphibians face-to-face with sophomore science students. Biology professor Jonathan Twining and his ACT student assistants spoke about the animals’ characteristics and behaviors, and instructed the high school students on caring for the ecosystems and for God’s creation. The students from SSCA wrote their thoughts and reactions to the presentation:


1. This is the first time I’ve seen someone feel passionate about animals BECAUSE they are God’s creation and he explained more about how they help us rather than hurt us.

2. Snakes seem much less harmful to me now than they did before. I guess I just always thought they would attack if they saw humans.

3. It’s nice to see more of the snake’s perspective on people and how they react so we, as humans, don’t always see them as killing machines.

4. I could tell that they really cared about the animals; also they cared about us and educating us on the animals.

5. The caretakers were gentle with the animals and seemed to stress the fact of helping animals in need; I respected their position and it influenced me to help animals that need help instead of ones that are already healthy.

6. I enjoyed the visit from the animal caretakers. I thought that it was an enjoyable, effective way to learn about different animals. I think being able to see the animals up close was cool. The professor really seemed to know what he was talking about and could answer almost every question. That was nizo.

7. I found all the information they told us to be interesting and helpful and I even remembered learning some of it during biology class.

8. I liked the snakes the best and how we were able to touch them. I thought overall it was just a cool experience because I have never actually seen, touched or even heard of the names of those animals before.

9. God created every creature and he said it was good, so we shouldn’t just go around and kill things needlessly.

10. The workers were very personal, animated and were glad to answer questions.

For more information on the Animal Caretakers Team, please contact Jonathan Twining at




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