Things were definitely wild at the Wild Science interactive science display at the Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta on Wednesday night.
First, there were squishy bugs — Madagascar hissing cockroaches to be exact. Then there was the inquisitive ball python and his friends, a couple fairly well-behaved geckoes. A clutch of bearded dragon lizards lurked in the background.
"He was slimy," was 10-year-old Karelly Hernandez's verdict about her hands-on meeting with one of the geckoes.
Karelly, who lives in Heber, said she was not sure if she would really want to have a gecko as a pet. A doubtful "maybe" was her final word on the subject.
When Lauren Schilt, who works with the exhibition's organizers, Imagination Galleries of Rancho Cucamonga, asked for a member of the audience to come up onto the stage and hold the python, Cristina Huerta, another 10-year-old from Heber, only hesitated for a second before volunteering her services.