Staff Bios

Jason Clevett - Owner
Jason has turned his childhood passion for reptiles & amphibians into a career. He launched Calgary Reptile Parties in 2008 and subsequently Edmonton Reptile Parties and Canadian Reptile Encounters.

Jason is the resident reptile expert on Animal Planet’s Scaled, bringing his knowledge and education to homes in 195 countries. While he loves spreading his message of responsible reptile ownership, husbandry and conservation worldwide, the up-close connections in person motivates his love of doing shows in Calgary. In addition to Reptile Parties, Jason is a former volunteer assistant gorilla keeper at the Calgary Zoo, former executive member and president of The Alberta Reptile & Amphibian Society, and has appeared across Western Canada at events as well as TV and Radio. He knows that education is the key to eliminating myths and stereotypes about reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids.

Amanda Bhimji – Office Manager/Presenter
Our amazing office manager is the voice on the phone and the person behind the keyboard, managing bookings and keeping thins on track. Amanda has loved reptiles since she was a small child. She also hits the road to present at parties and events.

Lyra Logan - Reptile Presenter
Lyra was the first presenter hired in 2009. Years later she's still with the company, sharing her passion for reptiles with people of all ages. She is a self professed nerd who loves video games, sci-fi and fantasy, gardening, art, and of course, reptiles. When Lyra is not doing shows she is an artist and web developer including designing and updating the Reptile Parties websites.

Kristin Rayner – Animal Care/Event Presenter
It’s not easy to keep 140+ animals with assorted needs and diets happy. Kristin is the one that ensures our animals are healthy. She and her daughter Kaydence can also be found at some of our local events teaching people about reptiles.

Brendan McDonald - Event Presenter
Brendan can often be found taking photos and pitching in at festivals and events. He enjoys being creative with photos and the opportunity to let people experience meeting a reptile up close and personal.

Animal Bios

Here are just a few of the animals that are available for Reptile Parties (please note: we do not customize shows):

Simon and Bubbles – Meet one of our ball pythons! Ball pythons are found in Africa and are a popular pet due to their varied colours and patterns, manageable size and docile nature. Learn about the responsibility that comes with these long lived snakes.

Malcolm – Boas come in many different colours, including Malcolm our albino boa! Mal is one of several boas that rotate through shows. Learn why boas, while beautiful, are pets for experienced keepers only!

Joe Elliot – Our leopard gecko have been with reptile parties since we started and have been popular at parties and events. Named for their yellow and black spotted skin, find out why leopard geckos can be fantastic pets.

Aquarius – Our tegu is one of our largest lizards. These large intelligent lizards are for experienced keepers only and you may learn why at your party!

Steve Austin – Steve is a Leucistic Texas Rat Snake, giving it white skin and black eyes. Texas rat snakes are an important part of the environment as they eat pest rodents, and are also popular pets due to their calm nature and size.

Erebus and Charlotte - Don't be afraid... our rose hair tarantulas are calm and harmless! Meet one of our 10 species of tarantulas during the show. One of the best part of our shows is watching kids and adults alike conquer their fear and misunderstanding about tarantulas.

Rutiger - Found in Central America, ornate wood turtles are adorable turtle pets. Find out the differences between turtles and tortoises and why some of them are not good choices for pets!

Anya –Grey banded kingsnakes are named because of their alternating grey, black and orange bands. Find out where the “king” part of her name comes from and how their colours are used for defense.

Other animals include skinks, geckos, tortoises, frogs, salamanders and more. With more than 100 animals in the company each show is unique!