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December 22, 2014

Ragland students learn about snakes and other reptiles

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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:53 pm, Wed Jun 11, 2014.

For over half a century, Rebecca Yarbrough Tucker’s mom and dad traveled the Southeastern United States presenting their live reptile program. Tom and Mary Ann Yarbrough made a living out of taking their snakes and other reptiles such as lizards, tortoises and turtles to thousands of people of all ages.

The Snake Show, as it is commonly known, has made its share of appearances throughout schools in St. Clair County. Now that the Yarbroughs have passed away, their daughter continues the family legacy.

Recently, the snake show was at Ragland School to entertain students there.

"Our program is educational and entertaining," Tucker said. "Each show is about 50 minutes long."

Tucker starts with the small non-venomous snakes, and eventually gets to the venomous snakes such as rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads.

After seeing a small alligator, lizard and a huge tortoise, the students are always excited about the 15-foot python Tucker brings out and allows the students to hold.

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