(CBS Boston) - Every once in a while to mix things up, the co-founders of Rainforest Reptile Shows, Joaney Gallagher and Michael Ralbovsky, stop by CBS Boston's "Sports Final" for an educational segment on animals.
Burton with Fred, a (tamer) alligator in 2013. (WBZ)
Burton got up close and personal with a tarantula, scorpion, a boa constrictor named Tulip and a rattlesnake.
Steve Burton with “Tulip” the boa constrictor (WBZ)
Then came the fateful encounter with the alligator, which started flailing wildly in his arms after it was spooked by a nearby crocodile. A video of the incident has been viewed more than 1.3 million times on Facebook.
But the fun didn’t stop there. Joaney and Michael then brought out a Komodo dragon, which, evidently, did not use the bathroom before coming on TV.
A Komodo dragon making a mess on the studio floor (WBZ)
In his closing comments after the segment aired Sunday night, Burton said the gator run-in is something he won’t ever forget.
“One thing’s for sure,” Burton said. “I’m never, ever going to live that alligator moment down.”