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A Leopard Gecko. Courtesy photo.




 New England Reptile Expo

What: 160+ vendors with reptiles and related accessories.
Where: 700 Elm St., Manchester, Radisson Hotel
When: Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Cost: Adult tickets are $9; tickets for children ages 7 to 12 are $5; children 6 and under get in free
Visit: reptileexpo.com
Contact: 526-0349 or email:
bruce@reptileexpo.com
 




Scales and slime
Reptiles slither in for expo

01/23/14



 Lizards, komodo dragons and snakes will take up residence at the Radisson Hotel during the New England Reptile Expo on Sunday, Jan. 26.

“This will attract two sets of audiences,” said Bruce Lowder of Animal Encounters in New York. “People will get to meet breeders, and families can come and look around and check it out.”
The expo will feature different species of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and tarantulas, among other reptiles. These reptiles are all legal pets in New Hampshire (as opposed to crocodiles, alligators or rattlesnakes, which were not invited).
“They really are neat pets,” Lowder said. “It’s addictive. Once folks have them, they try and breed them. It’s a passion that’s shared throughout a wide variety of people.” 
The largest of its kind this year, the expo will feature more than 160 different vendor tables. People will get a chance to look at or purchase accessories like cages, books, terrarium supplies and reptile food.
Lowder, who grew up in New England and now lives in New York, owns Animal Encounters, which creates educational programs. His family has a number of different reptile pets, and his daughter is a leopard geckos breeder.
For those interested in owning a pet of this nature, Lowder said leopard geckos, ball python snakes and bearded dragons are all great starter animals for someone who doesn’t know much about reptiles yet. Still, people should have some base knowledge before they decide to buy a reptile for a pet.
“You need to learn about [the species] first and make sure you can provide for it,” Lowder said. “These are cold-blooded creatures, so they need to be kept warm. Some need ultraviolet lighting. [The expo] is a great place to learn what the animal needs and to prepare and deal with it.”
Whether you’re looking to buy a pet or accessories or not, Lowder said, the expo is a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 
“It isn’t just for people to buy stuff. Come out with your family. It’s a lot of fun,” Lowder said. 
There will be two more reptile expos later this year, in April and October. 
 
As seen in the January 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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