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Alligator Robb, Chance The Snapper’s Rescuer, Wants To Skype Gators And Snakes Into Your Living Room

The Florida gator rescuer is doing educational Skype sessions to help kids connect with nature and learn while stuck inside.

Frank Robb a.k.a. Alligator Robb leading a Skype session with students on Friday.
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CHICAGO — Looking for quarantine-friendly activities for your kids?

Chicago’s favorite alligator trapper, Frank Robb a.k.a. Alligator Robb, is offering to Skype gators and snakes into your living room.

The Florida trapper owns a bunch of reptiles, including rare ones like Diamondback terrapin turtles and federally-protected snakes, and wants to share “good things” about the animals with people who are stuck inside during the coronavirus crisis.

“This will be a great opportunity while everybody’s inside and doesn’t have an opportunity to see beautiful nature,” Robb said.

Robb said the educational Skype sessions can be as short or as long as people want and that they can be tailored to suit specific interests.

“If they want something just on snakes, I can do that,” he said, adding, “I don’t have a lesson plan.”

The sessions are suggested donation.

“I’m not trying to get rich off of it. I’m just trying to provide something good for people,” Robb said.

Robb made national headlines last summer when he captured a wayward alligator in the Humboldt Park lagoon after a week-long search that captured the city’s fascination.

The gator, named Chance the Snapper by Block Club readers, is now living out the rest of his days at St. Augustine farm in Florida.

Robb said since Chicago he’s been doing educational Skype sessions with classrooms all over and he wants to spread the word.

“It’s just a matter of giving people something positive. We’re in such a strange place in our country,” he said.

To arrange a Skype session, email Robb directly at fr4740@gmail.com

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