By Janice Eck
Pictures by Chris Eck
(Victor Valley)– January 4th and 5th was a weekend filled with snakes, lizards, frogs, and all things scaly and slithery as the Pomona Fairplex welcomed the Reptile Super Show. Hundreds of vendors showed off their leopard geckos, bearded dragons, ball pythons, chameleons and anything else exotic you could think of.
You might be asking yourself, “Why on earth would anyone want a pet snake or a pet lizard, or a pet anything that isn’t cute and fluffy?” Reptiles, amphibians, and insects are a completely different pet and hold many advantages over a cat or a dog. For instance, people with allergies don’t have to worry about dander on reptiles. Feel free to kiss, hug, and cuddle your lizard and not worry about sneezing or itching. Reptiles don’t need to be fed every day and since they don’t eat every day, they don’t produce waste everyday. This is always a big plus with reptile keepers.
Sure, lizards and snakes aren’t as loyal and loving as Fido, but that doesn’t mean reptiles don’t bring their owners their own kind of joy. Whether it’s a snake’s first shed, a leopard gecko’s pattern change from baby to adult, tiny little baby chameleons catching fruit flies with tongues as long as their bodies, or a 5-inch baby savannah monitor growing to 4 feet in length, any reptile owner is sure to have plenty of fond stories about their exotic pet.
The reptile world is in indeed fascinating with so many different species with so many different colors, patterns, and variations. Owning a reptile (or any other pet for that matter) has its unique challenges. People definitely have to do their research and the Reptile Super Show was the perfect place to do that research. Vendors were helpful and engaging, willing to divulge their expertise with any curious visitor. Reptile breeders made sure their reptiles were going to the right home by advising on what to expect and how to take the greatest care of their new pet while suppliers offered reptile owners everything they needed to prepare a lifelong home for their new pet.
The Reptile Super Show was the go-to-destination for new herpers to get their start, but already-established reptile enthusiasts also had tons to look at and plenty of supplies to choose from whether they were looking to add to habitats, buy live or frozen feeders at a discount, add to their exotic families or just to check out the latest color morphs of their favorite herp.
The showcases and displays of reptiles and amphibians were also accompanied by hissing cockroaches, scorpions, tarantulas, praying mantises, dart frogs, pacman frogs, hairless guinea pigs, parrots and conures, and all sorts of other critters, so many of which people fell in love with and couldn’t resist taking home.
The Reptile Super Show is a completely unique experience, something most people won’t ever experience in their lives. Be sure to take advantage of the next one that slithers into town. For more information, visit http://reptilesupershow.com/ .