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Alligators & Snakes At John Ball Zoo! Want To Go?

Learning about and loving all the animals at John Ball Zoo!
Sabrina, JBZ director Bert Vescolani & baby Alligator! (Picture taken by Krys Bylund)

I’m thinkin’ that you’re wondering how I can smile while John Ball Zoo Director, Bert Vescolani is holding a baby alligator — well, I was a bit of a tomboy when I was a kid and I honestly like reptiles, fish — you name it!

Of course, I had to ask if it’s a good idea for you or I to ever approach an alligator or crocodile in the wild and the answer is a BIG ‘NO!’

Even this little baby gator had some teeth on him, and super strength that almost turned into a bit of an incident in the Channel 957 studio!

Corn snakes are harmless ... just ask Krys!

Here is a Corn Snake that goes quite nicely with Krys Bylund’s outfit today!  Krys is the Marketing Director at the zoo, but always comes into the studio to help out with the animals.

As you can see, Mr. Snake is harmless and is one of the reptiles at JBZ that you can get up close with and touch.

If I can touch the snake and not burst into tears — you can too! Coming up later today I will have a family four pack to giveaway so you can take your family!

For directions to John Ball Zoo or to find out more about all of their summer activities, go to

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