Bill Boesenberg

Bill Boesenberg holding large snake

Snakes-N-Scales and Turtle Tales, founded by Bill Boesenberg in 1996, is now the largest Animal Outreach Educational Organization in New Jersey. Snakes-N-Scales comprises a collection of over 300 reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, spiders and other invertebrates. A self-taught Herpetologist. Bill studied, and continues to study, in Florida, California, W. Virginia, Venezuela and New Jersey.

He has repaired countless turtle shells that were struck by cars, hatched endangered turtle eggs, mended broken legged frogs, and nursed 100 lb. pythons. Thanks to Bill’s efforts, lost alligators have been pulled out of people’s pools, surgery has been performed on injured and dead mother snakes and turtles to rescue the eggs for hatch and release.

He has answered scores of calls from police for snake identification and capture, caught loose monitor lizards on the turnpike, and rescued injured venomous snakes. He and his assistants care for and work with hundreds of orphaned reptiles.

Bill was the first licensed New Jersey State Reptile Rehabilitator. Dozens of local organizations have, and continue to consult with him including Bergen County Zoo, Turtleback Zoo, Trailside Nature and Science Center, Popcorn Park Zoo, Camden Discovery Aquarium and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Bill’s philosophy has always been simple; children will care about what they enjoy!

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