BRAWLEY — The small alligator coolly surveyed the room. She's seen this all before: Scores of children squealing with delight and fear at the sight of her tough skin and scales, her long snout and the sharp teeth it contains.
Phoenix, the 2- to 3-foot American alligator, travels to schools across the country every day, her physical presence an effective tool in educating youngsters about reptiles.
Monday, the kids at J.W. Oakley School in Brawley were the lucky audience members at several "Reptiles are Cool" presentations by Michigan-based Mobile Ed Productions Inc.
Dick Buchholz, an independent contractor with Mobile Ed, brought examples of all four different types of reptiles: crocodilians, lizards, snakes and turtles.