ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Bearded dragons, tortoises, and snakes, oh my!
The All Alaska Reptile and Exotics Expo has returned to the Menard Middle. The occasion promotes the reptile and unique animals neighborhood all through Alaska by highlighting the area of interest world of reptile pet possession.
Colin Lindsey, his spouse, brother, and sister-in-law personal the Reptile Barn, which hosts the yearly expo. Eight years in the past, their love of reptiles drove them to grow to be breeders. That zeal inevitably grew into doing reveals and academic occasions. Lindsey states that though these animals is probably not the normal fuzzy, cute, and cuddly animals, they are often simply as personable and social as standard home animals.
“They will definitely come out and work together with you with none worry, with out biting you, and folks grow to be very curious instantly,” Lindsey says.
As an fanatic, Lindsey observed that Alaska didn’t have any massive gatherings for these inside the reptile neighborhood, so the All Alaskan Reptile and Exotics Expo was born. In its third 12 months now, Lindsey proudly publicizes that it’s greater than ever.
“We actually wished a spot the place newcomers to the interest, who’re simply form of curious, pet keepers, professional hobbyists, and even enterprise folks, can all are available in one place and alternate concepts,” mentioned Lindsey.
Jonathan Huntington, the director of Jonathans Reptiles, is one in every of 20 distributors attending the expo. She and her volunteers present rescue and rehabilitation companies. Her major focus is centered on schooling. She says each service that they provide began as a result of there was a necessity for it. Huntington says she sees numerous surrenders as a result of folks don’t have the correct schooling on dealing with these kinds of animals.
“What occurs is folks get an animal, whether or not impulsively or not, however with out the correct analysis and offering them with right husbandry, then the well being of the reptile is what’s affected most,” Huntington mentioned.
Huntington says folks can keep away from pointless surrenders with the correct consciousness of the reptile’s wants, so expos like this are important to the reptile neighborhood.
Copyright 2022 KTUU. All rights reserved.