My personal favorite was Hazel, the Pygmy Hedgehog.
When he brought her out, she was curled up into a little protective ball.
The chameleon was very neat to see up close. Did you know that their color changes to show how they're feeling, not to provide them with camoflauge?
This Blue Tongued Skink was my son's favorite. His scales were surprisingly hard to the touch.
This Chinchilla named George was my daughter's favorite. I've never felt such soft fur, it's absolutely amazing. He was very happy just sitting quietly with the birthday boy.
This is a juvenile Cane Toad, which is highly poisonous (needless to say, we didn't get to touch him).
This scary looking guy is a Vinegar bug. Despite his fearsome appearance, the worst he can do to you is spray a cloud of vinegar scented air in your direction.
The hairless rat was pretty interesting - they've been bred to grow human ears and noses for reconstructive surgeries. Not quite as cute as the hairer variety though (I've had a few rats as pets and they are lovely animals).
The Japanese Fire Bellied Newt was pretty non-descript from above...
...but take a look underneath and you see where he gets his name.
This charming fellow is the Tailless Whipscorpion, which is harmless (although I'm sure it could do some damage to your ticker if you stumbled upon it unexpectedly!).
It was a very neat way to spend an afternoon, and my kids have been pouring over his website to see what other animals he has in anticipation of their own birthday parties. I'm game as long as I get to see Hazel again!