Kynlie Minter enjoyed holding an alligator while attending “The Reptile Experience” at the M.W. Boudreaux Center.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake held “The Reptile Experience” starring world traveler, Serengeti Steve on June 29.  

The popular show amazed a packed house which had standing room only in the center’s meeting room at the M.W. Boudreaux.

The show included an array of reptiles for guests to have hands on participation. The program saw approximately 100 guests.

During the show, adults and children had the opportunity not only to learn about the reptiles there, but also get a chance for a unique, hands-on experience where Serengeti Steve used his audience to be totally involved in the program. Reptiles included in the show were spiders, alligators, lizards and snakes. Children and their parents watched in awe of a huge tarantula, while it sent some terrified with arachnophobia out of the room.

Lindsay Williams, of Monroe City, shared this was the third time her family had been to watch the show, stating, “We absolutely love the show. It never gets old. In fact, my husband and I both said that we laughed more during the show than at any comedy,” adding, “My favorite part is watching the reactions of the audience members, and of course I love it when Steve picks on moms in the audience who appear to be freaked out and call on them to hold the snakes and spiders. The more scared they are the harder we would laugh.”

The climax of the show happened with Serengeti Steve’s large yellow python stretched across the front of the room for children to hold, along with some parents also braving the opportunity to touch and feel the giant snake. Serengeti Steve gave an educational and entertaining program for all spectators.

“The Reptile Experience” is a fantastic program that keeps viewer on the edge of their seats.  This program was offered free of charge and appropriate for all ages as Serengeti Steve gave a very interactive experience for his audience.

Serengeti Steve performs over 600 shows a year and has appeared on “America’s Got Talent”, making it to the Las Vegas finals, as well as being a member of the famous Guinness Book of World Records.  Along with numerous television appearances, Steve has performed for a variety of celebrities and has worked all types of crowds and venues.

Serengeti Steve began his career in herpetology more than 25 years ago and has been entertaining crowds ever since.  He has raised and maintained 200 species of reptiles and arachnids from around the globe, including some of the world’s deadliest animals, like cobras and mambas to alligators & komodo dragons.  

Originally, Steve›s job was extracting snake venom for cancer

research laboratories.  He has traveled the world in search of reptiles, amphibians, and reptiles from remote deserts to rain forests.  Although Steve’s love of all animals is high on the list, his first love and driving force will always be entertaining the children and adults attending his performances.  Steve’s greatest asset is his ability to combine a thrilling yet comical presentation which involves audience participation.  If you missed the chance to experience Serengeti Steve’s “The Reptile Experience”, watch The Lake Gazette for announcements to catch the show when it is scheduled to returns in September.