Tag Archives: Reptiles
Turtle plastrons–or turtles’ bottom shells, can be pretty amazing. Take a look at these beautiful patterns and colors.
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.
Iguanas are kept in wire mesh cages.
Chameleons are also usually displayed in cages. But sometimes, they’re allowed to hang out on a tree branch.
Bearded dragons, that neither slither nor leap, are shown off for sale in oversized Tupperware tubs or in fish tanks.
Large beardies happily ride around on an arm, shoulder or other part of the anatomy — before and after purchase.
Geckos come in takeout containers.
You’ll find frogs in fish tanks.
Turtles in tanks and tubs.
Then there’s all the paraphernalia necessary to feed –
And maintain your herp collection:
Mostly, I just enjoy looking at the people and the herps.
This was a question I’d never thought to ask – until yesterday, when Allen and I visited our friend AJ, an iguana rehabber. We see AJ at every reptile show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. (Another show coming up this Sunday, July 13.)
She’s usually there with one or more iguanas who need homes, along with Merlin, an iguana who has the run of her Connecticut home, which she shares with her husband, two sons and approximately 35 other iguanas. (I didn’t get an exact read on the lizard population — the number may be higher, though I doubt lower.)
Just as many turtle lovers start out with one turtle, AJ started with one iguana, a birthday present from her family 12 years ago. Then, a friend wrote a story for a local publication about her iguana, and included AJ’s phone number. “The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since,” says AJ.
I knew that we’d be seeing a large number of lizards; I just didn’t realize that AJ also keeps turtles, tortoises (and frogs). Or, that her tortoises coexist quite nicely with her iguanas, as you can see, above and below.
The iguanas also coexist (for the most part — gotta separate the dominant males) very well with each other. And many enjoy a swank picture window habitat.
The turtles in our house should have it so good!