Zander with a Snake

Zander, a kindergartener at Pioneer Technology and Arts Academy (PTAA) in Greenville, gets acquainted with a corn snake named Ginger at a reptile showcase hosted by PTAA high school science teacher Steve Ogden. In his presentation, Ogden introduced his many pets - which included bearded dragons, turtles and several different types of snakes. "I was afraid of snakes until I was in high school, but I decided that if I wanted to be a biologist, that I shouldn't be afraid of them," Ogden told the students. "I found that the best way for me to not be scared of them was to have some."