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From the 10th April 2011 Snakes Alive has been managed and owned by LizardLinks UK, a family company run by Daniel, Peter and Susan Hepplewhite.
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Snakes Alive was set up in 1996 and was one of first companies offering interactive children's parties with a variety of reptiles. The company was originally run by Glen Cousins and his wife Maureen. In this time they accumulated many reptiles and established a wonderful reputation performing children’s parties, animal hire for photo shoots and educational talks. As they wished to retire they happily sold the business and their animals to Lizardlinks UK. This transition featured on the Channel 5 documentary series ‘Essex Jungle’ (episode 4) which aired April 2011.
Lizardlinks UK was set up in 2008 originally offering reptile, amphibian, insect, parrot and small animal boarding image_placeholder for those that require specialist animal care when on holiday or for respite periods. However, as our private collection of interesting exotic animals grew we found more and more people curious about our collection and thus decided to branch into providing animals at events, displays and parties. When Snakes Alive approached us about buying their business it was ideal as we were gaining more events and required a wider range of reptiles that were used to being handled and being based in Essex meant we could also uphold continuing arrangements.
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Snakes Alive are well known and reputable in the local area and are active members of the Essex Reptile and Amphibian Club (ERAC). If you are keen reptile enthusiasts or novices with a mind to owning reptiles please feel free to join us at our next gathering to meet like minded people, share experiences and enjoy our various informational talks.
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Snakes Alive holds full public liability insurance to the value of £10 million and CRB checks have been made against all members of staff. You may request a copy of our Risk Assessment if desired.
We also obtained a Performing Animals licence to provide greater peace of mind for our clients that our animals and premises have been inspected by the local authority and animal welfare inspector. Whilst the local authority had not requested this from our business we still felt that as the industry is somewhat unregulated and featured in the media recently this was the best way of ensuring the legitimacy of our business and care of the animals we use.