Erik Callender's creatures

Erik Callender, 36, of Hauppauge, teaches and entertains
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Erik Callender, 36, of Hauppauge, teaches and entertains families with his Burmese Python, Twinkie, at the Bellmore Street Fair. Erik Callender owns and operates Erik's Reptile Edventures, a reptile show that teaches people about nature. (Sept. 21, 2013) (Credit: Chris Ware)

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Erik Callender, 36, of Hauppauge, owns and operates Erik's Reptile Edventures, which educates children about reptiles while incorporating life lessons. He aims to raise $100,000 during a Dec. 14 event for a nature center in Madagascar.

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