At the Reptile Expo

Reptile Expo Floor

Reptile Expo Floor

Before leaving work on Friday, I mentioned to my boss that Allen and I were going to be selling herp chotchkas at a reptile expo on Sunday.

My boss, a non-herper, looked bemused. What is a reptile expo? she said.

To answer the question:

It’s a convention hall (in this instance the White Plains County Center) where aisle upon aisle of snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles (as well as spiders, hissing cockroaches, and miscellaneous other animals) are sold for sums ranging from $10 to $10,000.

Most of said animals are displayed in plastic takeout containers or cages, like these snakes.

snakes under glass

snakes under glass

Iguanas are kept in wire mesh cages.

Iguana up for adoption

Iguana up for adoption

Chameleons are also usually displayed in cages. But sometimes, they’re allowed to hang out on a tree branch.

Just hanging around

Just hanging around

Bearded dragons, that neither slither nor leap, are shown off for sale in oversized Tupperware tubs or in fish tanks.

Juvenile bearded dragons basking

Juvenile bearded dragons basking

Large beardies happily ride around on an arm, shoulder or other part of the anatomy — before and after purchase.

John from the Long Island Herp Society

John from the Long Island Herp Society

Unconventional traveller

Unconventional traveller

Geckos come in takeout containers.

Not our natural habitat

Not our natural habitat

You’ll find frogs in fish tanks.

Dart frogs

Dart frogs

Turtles in tanks and tubs.

Red eared sliders

Red eared sliders

Then there’s all the paraphernalia necessary to feed –

Snake food

Snake food

Packaged food

Packaged food

House –

Critter cages

Critter cages

And maintain your herp collection:

Mostly, I just enjoy looking at the people and the herps.

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2 Comments

Filed under chameleons, frogs, geckos, lizards, red eyed tree frot, reptile expo, Reptiles, snakes, Terrapins, Tortoises, Turtles

2 responses to “At the Reptile Expo

  1. Great article. These expos are great for everyone. I love going and just seeing the different kinds of reptiles. Hopefully more people can have this wonderful experience.

  2. kristina Burnett

    What???? How come I didn’t know about these? And i thought I was a turtle lover. Ugh! I have a lot to learn.
    I have two pet turtles and LOVE them. I know there is more I should be doing and have spent some time internet surfing.
    Would love to talk turltes sometime. I’m in Indiana.
    Thanks, KRistina

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