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Zookeeper for a Day

May 7th, 2017 | Comments Off on Zookeeper for a Day | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails
Zookeeper Program for Youth ages 6 – 16:
Does your child have a passion for animals?  Would he or she love to have a chance to work behind the scenes?  Then this is the opportunity they have been waiting for!  Every Tuesday we will allow up to 6 children or teens to come in and be zookeepers for a couple hours prior to our Public Hours.  Participants will get the opportunity to help our staff, clean animal enclosures, prepare meals and feed the animals, learn reptile husbandry and simple vet care, handle animals that the general public typically does not get to work with and receive special training on how to deal with reptiles in the wild.  Zookeeper duties will vary week to week so each session will not be the same.
Cost will be $35/child.  Zookeeper time frame: 3 hours.  (Tuesdays: 8:30am – 11:30am)
Space limited to 6 participants per session.  Children can book multiple sessions.
Participants will receive a Scales & Tails Zookeeper T-Shirt
Visit our website for registration: https://www.scalesandtailsutah.com/summer-camp.html
Every Tuesday from May 30th – August 22nd, 2017
  • Maximum of 6 participants per keeper session
  • $35 participant fee
  • Participant must fill out registration form and liability waiver prior to participation
  • Youth ages 6-16 allowed to participate
  • Zookeeper duties will vary from week to week
  • Participants may sign up for multiple sessions (must repeat registration for each date)

    Learn how to be a zookeeper!

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New Public Hours for the Winter 2015-2016

November 15th, 2015 | Comments Off on New Public Hours for the Winter 2015-2016 | Posted in Scales And Tails

Attention Scales & Tails Patrons:

As of November 16th, we will be reducing our Monday and Wednesday hours. They will now be 4pm – 8pm until Spring. (With exception, we’ll be open the following Holiday dates for normal hours 12pm – 8pm on: 12/2, 12/21, 12/23, 12/28, 12/30, 1/6, 1/18, 2/3 and 2/15)

Due to a decline in business during school hours we have decided to make this change. If this inconveniences you in any way, please call (801) 577-7182 and we will try to make it right to the best of our abilities.


Mondays 4pm – 8pm

Wednesdays 4pm – 8pm

Saturdays 10am -4pm


Thank You,

-Scales and Tails Management


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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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April Workshop – “Reptile Myths & Legends”

April 4th, 2014 | Comments Off on April Workshop – “Reptile Myths & Legends” | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

How many of you have heard of the 49ft snake or the python that likes to sleep next to you so that it can “size” you up for dinner? In this workshop Scales & Tails’, Austin Earley, will be going over some of these myths and legends and let you know which ones are REAL and which ones are FAKE! We’ve got a couple of fun activities to show you how silly some of these ideas really are as well. This will be a lot of fun and we encourage you to bring some tall tales that you have heard to see if they are true or not!

Invite your friends, family and neighbors and lets have an awesome time!!

DATE: Wednesday, April 24rd
TIME: 6pm
PLACE: Scales and Tails Utah – 3584 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119
COST: $5/Adult and $3/child
Must RSVP as space is limited.  Send RSVP to rindy@scalesandtailsutah.com

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March Workshop – “Crocodilians”

March 9th, 2014 | Comments Off on March Workshop – “Crocodilians” | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

Cro – o gator, Al-o-dile? How do you tell the difference? Crocodiles and Alligators look really similar so how do you tell the difference?  Come to this exciting workshop on crocodilians to find out! We’ll learn all about crocodiles and alligators, where they live, what they eat, and how they stalk their prey!  We’ll also get a chance to watch one of brave educators as they work one on one with Gatorade our biggest alligator.  You won’t want to miss this!

DATE: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
TIME: 6:00pm
WHERE: 3485 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119
COST: $5/adults, $3/child

RSVP to rindy@scalesandtailsutah

or call us at 801-577-7182 to reserve your spots.

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December Workshop – “Reptiles for Gifts”

December 6th, 2013 | Comments Off on December Workshop – “Reptiles for Gifts” | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

Thinking about getting a pet lizard or snake for your child as a gift this holiday season?  Come to this workshop before you do!!  We’ll give you great ideas on what could make a great pet and what will not.

We’ll also go over:
– What is a good age for kids to get a pet reptile?
– What type of pet reptile fits each age group?
– What type of caging will you need before you bring home your pet?
– What kind of food will I need and how much?
and many more questions.  This will be a great workshop to get you prepped before you make that big decision. We’ll also hold a variety of pet reptiles so you can get an idea of what you would be getting into.  Space is limited, please RSVP.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 18th @ 6:30pm
WHERE: Scales & Tails Showroom – 3594 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119
COST: $5/adults, $3/child (3-12 yrs)

RSVP to rindy@scalesandtailsutah.com or 801-577-7182 or on Facebook


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July Workshop – “Turtles & Tortoises”

July 8th, 2013 | Comments Off on July Workshop – “Turtles & Tortoises” | Posted in Events, Scales And Tails

This month we are focusing on Turtles and Tortoises! Did you know that neither turtles nor tortoises can crawl out of their shells? Come down to our shop on July 17th to learn a many cool facts about these incredibly cute reptiles! This will also be the fourth annual Tortoise and the Hare race at Scales & Tails! You won’t want to miss this one!!

Date: Wednesday, July 17th
Time: 6:30pm
Place: 3584 S. 1950 W., #13, WVC, UT 84119
Cost: $5/child (parents free with paid child admission)
Reptile Rookies: FREE
Family Pass Membership holders: FREE

Please RSVP to rindy@scalesandtailsutah.com as space is limited.

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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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Educational Programs

December 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on Educational Programs | Posted in Scales And Tails

Scales and Tails Utah is excited to offer new educational programming for public and charter schools across the Wasatch Front! These presentations are connected to the Utah Core Educational Standards. Our educators will provide an interactive, hands-on approach to learning, and will connect students to amazing wildlife and ecosystems across the world.  Programs are 45 minutes long, and will feature live animals from our unique and diverse collection of reptiles, amphibians and birds.


The following presentations can be scheduled. Prices and contact information are listed below.


Elementary School



1. Amazing Adaptations

-Learn about some fascinating characteristics that help animals survive in their environment.

2. Dinner Time

-What do animals eat, and how do they find their food? Find out with this presentation!

3. Utah Reptiles and Amphibians (not currently available)

-Utah is home to a unique variety of scaly and slimy animals. Will you recognize any of the reptiles and amphibians we share this home with?

4. Invaders!

-Environments are being invaded by species that do not belong. Learn why this is a problem and how it can be prevented.


Middle School



1. Reproduction and Inherited Traits

-This presentation will teach students how animals find a mate, how they reproduce, and how traits are passed from parents to offspring.

2. Invasive Species

-Similar to the elementary school presentation, this program will offer a more in-depth look at invasive species and the mechanisms by which they spread.

3. Humans and Nature

-Humans have a dramatic impact on the environment, for better or worse. Learn about some of the different ways people have affected the world around      them.


High School



1. Ecology

-Organisms interact with their environment in a variety of ways. This program will teach about these complex interactions and how plants and animals survive.

2. Animal Evolution

-Learn about the basics of natural selection, genetics, and heredity as it pertains to the rise of new species on the planet.

3. Classification and Taxonomy

-Students will learn about the hierarchical classification system put in place for organisms.


Pricing and Contact Information


Assembly Presentation

For one grade, up to 6 classes.

These presentations are designed to teach an entire grade level at once. They are less hands-on than the in-class presentations, but will teach the same Utah  Core Educational Standards based material.

Cost: $250

In-Class Presentations

Classes must be in the same grade, at the same location, and presentations must be on the same day.

The in-class presentations are very hands-on, and provide the best learning environment for our Utah Core Educational Standards based programming. Our educators will move from classroom to classroom.

Cost: $200 for the first presentation, $100 for each subsequent presentation.


These presentations are designed to teach a single grade level at a time.

Any teachers looking to book a school-wide assembly

should consider our Medium, Large  or Grand Combo Event Package (please click here)

To schedule a presentation, contact info@scalesandtailsutah.com or call 801-577-7182.


Mission Statement


Scales and Tails Utah promotes an appreciation for wildlife and for Earth’s ecosystems by providing

environmental awareness through quality educational programming.

Utah Core Educational Standards

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