After many years of doing talks at the Dallas Nature Center, word of mouth grew to the point that Daryl began Snake Encounters in 1993 to address the need for an accessible entity for the general public. It was established with the purpose of providing education on the subject of snakes in a humorous and entertaining way - in order to dispel myths, help audience members overcome the phobia, and to help guide the rapidly growing hobby of informed and responsible herpetoculture.
Daryl is fortunate to have a great collection of beautiful, patient animals who meet his strict criteria of docility, gentleness and distinctiveness - ensuring a program filled with wonder at nature's beauty and adaptability. Unlike many other animal-oriented nature presentations, Daryl encourages a hands-on approach to the topics covered. Many of the animals seen can be touched and interacted with at the end of the show.
With the timing of a stand-up comic, the stage presence of a seasoned actor, and accomplished magician, Daryl does exciting, funny, fast-paced shows that are known for their high production values. Described as "Somewhere between Steve Irwin and Steve Martin" in style, Daryl became known in California as "The George Carlin of Herpetology." He believes that the more entertained the audience is, the more of his important message they will absorb. The show IS educational, but the crowd is usually having too much fun to notice.
Comedy, magic, storytelling, education and 17 different snakes from around the world add up to a whirlwind experience that is fast-paced, electric and enormous fun. He has a perfect 18 year safety record, and while a couple of his animals look venomous and a couple more act like dangerous vipers, all are just effective mimics. You get great excitement with zero risk. This show has an amazing track record of using humor and amazingly beautiful snakes to break down barriers, enabling audience members to conquer this learned and unnecessary fear which for some is one of the most empowering and motivational experiences that life has to offer.