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Venom Day – May 2nd, 2015

April 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off on Venom Day – May 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

Scales and tails Utah will be hosting a Venom Day on Saturday May 2nd from 10-4pm with scheduled short presentations at specific times by local experts.

Topic will be:
– Venomous and poisonous animals,
– Utah laws and regulations,
– Misconceptions,
– Venom protocols,
– Bite/sting first aid, safety, etc.

Short presentations will be given by:
Rob Clark of Venitox Laboratories 10:00AM
Brad Dahl of Utah Poison Control 11:00AM
Dave Jensen of Wasatch Reptile Removal on Rattlesnake removal
Jeremy Westerman of Scales & Tails Utah on scorpions, spiders, hymenopterans, and Gila monsters
BTG on Antivenin production
Bryan Hamilton Wildlife Biologist great Basin National Park, rattlesnakes
and more!

This will be held for the general public and will be a FAMILY FRIENDLY event!

$3/child (3-12 years), 2 and under free

Includes regular admission to our Saturday Safari the same day to see the rest of our animals.

Educational Displays Provided by:
Division of Wildlife
Scales and tails Utah
Amplified Amphibians (Poison dart frogs)

Location 3584 S. 1950 W., #13, West Valley City, UT 84119 (Salt lake city)

*Info subject to change*

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May Workshop – “Venom Night!”

May 7th, 2014 | Comments Off on May Workshop – “Venom Night!” | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

Spring is here is that means the Rattlesnakes are waking up too! Come learn about rattlesnakes and other venomous creatures found here in Utah! We will will also go over how to stay safe while hiking and playing in the mountains right outside our back door. Disclaimer: there will be no live rattlesnakes at this presentation only replicas.

Date: Wednesday, May 21st @ 6:00pm

Place: 3584 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119
Cost: $5/adult, $3/child (3-12yrs)
Reptile Rookies & Family Memberships: Free
RSVP: rindy@scalesandtailsutah.com, 801-577-7182, or on Facebook

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October Workshop – “Creepy Crawlers”

October 5th, 2013 | Comments Off on October Workshop – “Creepy Crawlers” | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

Does the world of creepy crawlers “creep” you out? Or are you completely fascinated by them? Either way, come on out to our October Kid’s workshop where we explore the critters that scurry and scuttle during the night! We are talking about spiders, scorpions and cockroaches! There will also be a black light scorpion hunt, so if you have your own black light, make sure to bring it!! (If not, we’ll have a few to share) This is a great Halloween Topic so you won’t want to miss it!

DATE: Wednesday, October 23rd
TIME: 6:30pm
PLACE: 3584 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119
COST: $5/child (3-12 yrs), $3/adults

RSVP as space is limited:
info@scalesandtailsutah.com or 801-577-7182
or here on Facebook.

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May Workshop – “Urban Animals”

May 3rd, 2013 | Comments Off on May Workshop – “Urban Animals” | Posted in Events

In this Workshop we will be learning about many of the cool reptiles, birds and bugs that you can find right in your own backyard and down your street! There is so much to learn about right here in the city You won’t want to miss it!

Date: Wednesday, May 15th
Time: 6:30pm
Place: 3584 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119
Cost: $5/child (parent’s free with paid child admission)
Reptile Rookies: Free

Please RSVP as space is limited.

rindy@scalesandtailsutah.com or 801-577-7182


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***Summer Camps at Scales & Tails Utah***

March 29th, 2013 | Comments Off on ***Summer Camps at Scales & Tails Utah*** | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

Summer Camp 2013

Dates: June 10th – August 15th

Location: Scales & Tails Showroom – 3588 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119

Registration open now!!

Come out to a Summer Camp with Scales & Tails Utah!

Come out to a Summer Camp with Scales & Tails Utah!

Camp Theme: “Reptile Wrangling”

Your child will help our Scales & Tails guide learn how to properly handle snakes, lizards, and tortoises. Child will learn about proper handling techniques, correct habitats, and safe feeding procedures for each species of reptile. A simple snack of crackers, fruit and a juice box will be provided each day. Camp T-Shirt will also be included.

Youth Two Day Camps – Monday & Tuesday

9am – 12pm – Kindergarten – Third Grade – $100/child
1pm – 4pm – Fourth Grade – Sixth Grade – $100/child

Teen Two Day Camps – Wednesday & Thursday

9am – 12pm  – For 12 -15 years old – $100/teen

Schedule of Camps:

Week 1: Youth 6/10– 6/11  – No Teen Camp this week
Week 2: Youth 6/17 – 6/18 and Teen 6/19 – 6/20
Week 3: Youth 6/24 – 6/25 and Teen 6/26 – 6/27
Week 4: 7/1 – 7/4 – No classes due to Independence Celebrations
Week 5: Youth 7/8 – 7/9 and Teen 7/10 – 7/11
Week 6: Youth 7/15 – 7/16 and Teen 7/17 – 7/18
Week 7:  7/22 – 7/25 – No classes due to State Holiday
Week 8: Youth 7/29 – 7/30 and Teen 7/31 – 8/1
Week 9: Youth 8/5 – 8/6 – No Teen Camp this week
Week 10: Youth 8/12 – 8/13 and Teen 8/14 – 8/15


* Minimum of 4 participants needed to make the camp run.
* Maximum of 15 participants per camp session.
* $25 deposit required with application (refund available if camp does not run).
* Remainder of payment is due one week prior to camp start date. Check or Credit Card accepted.
* $20/hr child care fee for children not picked up with in 15 minutes of conclusion of camp each day.


To Register:

Please e-mail rindy@scalesandtailsutah.com to apply for session dates. Please notate how many children you wish to register, which camp dates you desire and which session: AM or PM. Once you are approved for a session, you will be sent a link to the registration paperwork.

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February Workshop – “Crocodilians”

February 12th, 2013 | Comments Off on February Workshop – “Crocodilians” | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

REPTILE ROOKIES – Scales & Tails Utah Kids Club:

Wednesday, Feb 20th @ 6:30pm

Place: 3584 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119

Topic: Crocodilians – Come meet Darthgator, Gatorade, and Tick Tock!  Learn about the differences between alligators and crocodiles in this fun and safe workshop for kids!
Cost: $5/child (parent’s free with paid child admission)
Reptile Rookies: FREE

Please RSVP to rindy@scalesandtailsutah.com

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April 7th, 2010 | Comments Off on VENOM NIGHT 2010 | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails
April 21st @ 7pm

April 21st @ 7pm

Scales and Tails will be hosting the second annual Venom Night on Wednesday, April 21st at 7pm.  This workshop will be held at Wheeler Farm in the Barn building.  This workshop is open to the public. 

The focus of this workshop is to educate the public about the venomous animals that live right here in Utah in our backyards, mountains, and deserts.  Shane Provostgaard and a representative from the Utah Poison Control Center will be there to teach us about how to avoid these venomous animals and what to do if you do get bit.   Jim Dix with the Reptile Rescue and Jill Weeks with the Living Safari Pet Store will be there to exhibit some venomous animals many of which are local to Utah.

This is a great event for families and we invite all to come and learn about our local venomous animals.

Cost: $5/child, $7/adult (16 yrs and older)


Contact us at 801-577-7182 or info@scalesandtailsutah.com for more details.

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Scorpions Glowing in the Light – Black Light that is…

March 10th, 2010 | Comments Off on Scorpions Glowing in the Light – Black Light that is… | Posted in Scales And Tails

Scales and Tails entertainer Jeremy Westerman presented a great workshop on Scorpions last month.  We learned about different types of Scorpions, their habitats, how to search for them in the wild, and that they glow under a black light.  We got an up close and personal….sometimes too personal (in the mouth!) look at some scorpions and then we went on a hunt all over the shop trying to find some painted scorpions!  It was really fun and we have the pictures to prove it.  Take a look!

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Halloween Parties…Even Better with Snakes & Spiders!

October 9th, 2009 | Comments Off on Halloween Parties…Even Better with Snakes & Spiders! | Posted in Scales And Tails

Are you looking for something cool and different than the average Halloween Party?

Bring Scales & Tails to your Halloween Party!  What could be better than Snakes and Lizards and Spiders for Halloween??  Save $20 off your Halloween Party when you book today.  Just mention the blog!

(Discount can not be combined with any other coupon or discount)

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Thank you to all that attended Venom Night!

April 15th, 2009 | Comments Off on Thank you to all that attended Venom Night! | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

All of us at Scales and Tails Utah want to thank those of you who attended our “VENOM NIGHT” last week at Wheeler Farm.  It was a huge success!  We had almost 200 people in attendance. 

This was a very informative workshop, which is a just a little bit different than our normal monthly workshop.  We were able to have Shane Provstgaard, a local serpentologist, come and present information on what type of venomous animals we typically find right here in Utah. We also learned what to do if we come upon one.  The best practice is to turn around and walk away.  Leave it alone! 

We took a short break after his presentation so that everyone would have a chance to visit the VENOM booth. Jim Dix of the Utah Reptile Rescue brought in several rattle snakes, poisionous spiders, and scorpions for display.  It was really cool to see things like a rattle snake and a black widow up close and personal!!  We even got out the magnifiying glasses so we could get an even closer look.  It also gave everyone a change to try out a scorpion sucker!  Did you know you can eat scopions and it WON’T hurt you!?!

The second half of the night was presented by Brad Dahl of the Utah Poison Control Center.  He gave us a very detailed description of what happens and what do do if you do become invenomated.  We learned that the majority of rattlesnakes bites were typically obtained by young men in their late teens to early twenties….and who were usually inebriated.  Funny that…  🙂 

Brad and Shane both gave great presentations and we are very greatful that they agreed to come.  Thank you guys!  We also want to thank Jim Dix for bringing out his collection of venomous animals.  He has a special permit to keep them that we do not have so we were very thankful that he could come as well.  

Thanks again to everyone in attendance.  We hope you had a great time and that you learned something helpful about living in proximity to venomous animals!  See you next month!

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