Complete Lotta Reptile Love at RVA’s Richmond Reptile Expo

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A go to to the Richmond Reptile Expo is a should for those who love reptiles, or are simply in search of one thing enjoyable to do with associates or household. I’ve been hitting up this semi-annual showat the Richmond Raceway, which often occurs in March, July, and October of every yr, for a number of years now. Initially this was simply to see the assorted critters, and to get some good costs on feeders for our bearded dragon, however the extra I went, the extra superb I discovered all the things that was on show. It’s definitely its personal cultural phenomenon; it attracts an enormous crowd, and naturally, the reptiles and amphibians are the star sights. 

You can find a variety of respected breeders that take nice pleasure of their breeding of wholesome animals. The sheer abundance of fantastic patterned and coloured snakes makes for a novel alternative to seize so many photographs of those beautiful creatures. You might have nearly each sort of pet snake out there, together with Boa, Pythons, Corn, Cape Home, Hognose, Milk and the California King Snake. It’s really a studying expertise when you’ve got the time and wish to take all of it in. Plus, these breeders know greater than your traditional native pet mart, and take approach higher care to supply wholesome specimens for snake lovers. 

Snake breeders are undoubtedly nearly all of breeders at this expo. Nevertheless, there are additionally a variety of different breeders, and that’s what I got here to take a look at. We’re all about Crested Geckos & Bearded Dragons right here in my family. There was an enormous growth in Crested Gecko possession these previous few years; the breeding applications have produced a number of the most lovely colours for these so-very-cute animals. It’s mainly like proudly owning Sew from Lilo and Sew, eye licks and all. Proudly owning a Little Sew definitely appeals to me rather a lot.  

So far as angle, they’re often somewhat chill should you get a very good breed that has been raised correctly. The enclosure and setup is comparatively simple compared to different reptiles. Feeding them can be pretty easy, involving fruit and mixes. Maintain them in some good humanity, and luxuriate in these little, bizarre, cute reptiles. Our Crested Gecko Lola may be very light and likes to leap round in our arms once we get her out. 

Searching for extra Crested Geckos was the plan, and the Richmond Reptile Expo didn’t disappoint. Your primary gecko in juvenile type runs round $50-60, however the specifically coloured and marked ones can get fairly costly. I really need what’s referred to as a Lilly White crested. They’re one of the crucial in demand crested geckos on the market, although, so discovering one beneath $800 is fairly onerous. Right here is one which I took an actual liking to, she has such lovely markings and colours.  

I additionally love the Harlequin and Dalmatian model of cresties. There are such a lot of variations and breeds you’ll be able to actually get misplaced in all of it. Search for crested gecko breeders on-line and you’ll get fairly an schooling in all of it. Fortunately, there have been fairly a number of breeders with superb geckos on the expo; they mainly had all of them: Leopard Geckos, Gargoyle Geckos, Chahoua Geckos, Chinese language Cave Geckos, Fats Tails, Leachianus, and loads of numerous Crested Geckos. 

For the primary time I received to see the large Leachianus geckos, the biggest of the pet geckos. These are big and superb with actually cool eyes, and I need one so unhealthy. Try this man right here; he appeared to wish to pose for me. 

I need all of them. All of them! Fairly a number of have been being checked out and checked out by different gecko homeowners and followers. As with the snakes, you’ll discover like-minded folks on the expo who love to speak and share photos and details about their love of their reptiles. One of many folks I met had a really uncommon Gecko that I consider is a Chahoua Gecko. It regarded like transferring moss, coloured with sprinkles of stars. Simply an beautiful animal proper right here, and really tame for such a big man.  

I can go on and on about geckos. However there was so many different forms of reptiles to share. Let’s speak about Tegus: Argentine black and white tegus specifically. They’ve definitely been a well-liked reptile for individuals who need a pet that appears like a lizard however acts extra like a dog. It’s extra difficult than that, however they type robust bonds with their homeowners. Did I point out that they will get HUGE? Take a look at the jowls on this man.

Yeah, he’s packing for positive. There have been two breeders for this lizard, and I got here shut — actual shut — to bringing him dwelling. I didn’t have to develop our zoo any extra right now, although. The Tegu has been well-liked of late, and I can see why. Folks have to look into the time and area for this large lizard. They don’t seem to be screens, however they positive are large, and require greater than some folks suppose. However should you got here to the expo to pet and see somewhat than buy, as we did, it was cool to get the possibility to carry one and test them out. I really need this one, and I wish to title him Trent (duh). 

There have been a number of juvenile Bearded Dragons, however I definitely want there have been a number of extra breeders of dragons round this expo. I’m an enormous fan of the Bearded Dragon, and would advocate these for anybody eager to get into reptiles. They’re large on persona and have a tendency after their juvenile section to be pretty calm and personable. On that notice, right here’s our chill bearded dragon, “Claws,” in his winter gear.

Together with all of the superb reptiles, we received a very good quantity of arachnids to take a look at. I’m not tremendous into the concept of proudly owning a spider. It’s nothing worry primarily based; it’s simply that, to me, an arachnid is one thing to take a look at however not personal. However should you’re into them, then you will discover some breeders at these expos who find out about arachnids and might get you arrange. 

We actually favored visiting the one breeder of axolotl — you already know these cute issues, proper? They’re the grinning salamanders that appear like stuffed animals. There are a number of points with possession of those water pets: they must be in colder water, they usually make fairly a large number from consuming. They’re additionally fairly the poopers. Yep, they poop rather a lot. So you might want to have a double filter system if you wish to really preserve their water and setting as pure as potential. They’re vicious eaters, so don’t be fooled by the smile. They’ll eat something they will match into their mouths. True Carnivores, of the apex selection.  

On the subject of vicious carnivores, my favourite pic from the expo is the picture above of this Pac-Man Frog. This one introduced his head up at simply the best time and opened his eyes. When you stare at him for a very long time he’ll entrance you want The Hypnotoad. All GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

Possibly you’re questioning why they’re referred to as Pac-Man Frogs. Properly, it’s due to their big mouths and voracious appetites. They eat something smaller then them, and would in all probability at the very least attempt to eat issues their very own dimension. Principally, if they will eat it, they are going to. They don’t seem to be essentially the most playful or entertaining of pets, however I can see the attraction in them. I couldn’t cease trying out a variety of these frogs. So many uncommon colours. All of them look kinda like demons, and have angle to match. Yeah, I need one. However in addition they scare me sufficient to carry off on it.

In addition they had some poison dart frogs; these are enjoyable and colourful. I’ve not gotten into frog-keeping or turtle-keeping, however if you’re into that, it’s best to come by the following Richmond Reptile Expo and go to some breeders. There are many different reptiles and animals to take a look at as properly. It’s price a go to simply to sightsee, and perhaps get into your subsequent favourite passion. The breeders are at all times completely satisfied to speak to you and share details about all these superb animals. As at all times, do your analysis earlier than taking over the accountability of pet possession.

The following Richmond Reptile Expo is July twenty third. Extra info is on the market right here: mdreptilefarm.com/richmond-virginia-reptile-expo/

You may as well go to a variety of different Expos in numerous places this spring and summer time round Virginia and Maryland. mdreptilefarm.com has all of the up to date info you want. I hope you get to go to, even when its simply to sightsee.    

Pictures by John Reinhold

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