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Reptile Kingdom Invades Escalon Public Library
As part of his presentation at the Escalon Public Library, Python Ron McGee let several youngsters volunteer to hold Banana, an albino Burmese python. Marg Jackson/The Times

Bugs are big business. Snakes slither their way into your heart.

At least if you are an inquisitive youngster, eager to get an up close look at some of nature’s furry, scaly creatures.

Python Ron McGee brought his Reptile Kingdom to the Escalon Library for two shows on Friday, June 10 as part of the Summer Reading Program. Two shows were needed, said Librarian Jamie Turner, because the library meeting room can’t hold all the attendees in one sitting, the show has become so popular.

“Right now is a really busy time,” McGee admitted of visiting libraries throughout the region.

He brings with him a collection of unique reptiles and offers information about them all, while bringing the furry, sometimes hissing, often slithering creatures out of their crates to greet the audience.

Among those presented at Escalon were Julius Squeezer, a Columbian red tailed boa; Banana, an albino Burmese python; Wilson, a ball python; Otis the Tegu, a Chilean rose hair tarantula and a few more, with about 15 creatures introduced to the crowd. Also on hand were a Cayman lizard and an Asian water monitor lizard.

Earlier in the week, Rebecca Niles, the ‘Bubble Lady’ wowed the crowd and several more shows are on the schedule.

Upcoming Summer Reading Programs are:

Thursday, June 16 at 3 p.m., Tony Borders ‘Run with the Animals.’

Monday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m., Magic Dan.

Wednesday, June 22 at 1:30 p.m., Bonnie Lockhart’s Songs and Music Games from Around the World.

Thursday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m., Sports Crafts.

Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m., Brian Scott’s Magic Show.

All performances are free.