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.

Jennifer Green – Office Manager
Our amazing office manager is often the voice on the phone or the person behind the keyboard, managing bookings and keeping things on track. Jennifer is thrilled to be working behind the scenes while being a mom to her incredible daughter, volunteering at her daughter’s school, and spending time with her family.

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.

Teresa Jacobs - Reptile Presenter
Teresa has long had an interest in reptiles but her home pets currently are all the fuzzy type. She is a mom to twin boys and works in the property management industry. She loves working with the various reptiles she does her shows with and someday hopes to have some of her own.

Amanda Bhimji – Reptile Presenter
Amanda has had an interest in reptiles since she was a small child. She owns a bearded dragon of her own. She loves working with children and is a mother to a baby girl. She is a happy caring person who likes to spread the joy and love for animals to others.

William Brost – Reptile Presenter
There once was a time when William was terrified of snakes. Facing his fear at a reptile show, William is one of our success stories, becoming enthralled with them to the point of becoming one of our presenters! William joined Calgary Reptile Parties in 2017 and loves sharing his story and newfound love of reptiles.

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 Spike – 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!

Lemon and Tara – 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.

Rufus – 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!