What To Expect at A Reptile Show
Reptile shows/expos are a great way to meet and socialize with other reptile enthusiasts, you may even be able to locate that hard to find reptile that you have been dreaming about. RodentPro regularly attends shows throughout the country and would like to share some handy tips on what to expect and how to be prepared for your next reptile show.
Leave Your Pets at Home
Reptile shows usually involve a large number of reptiles and amphibians coming together under one roof. Most reptile breeders practice good biosecurity and will require you to wash and sanitize your hands prior to handling their reptiles. While responsible show promoters realize the importance of only allowing healthy animals into their shows, some reptiles with viruses/parasites may inadvertently fly under the radar and end up on a vendor's table. It is important to remember that any given animal may be carrying parasites or a contagious disease. For this reason, your best bet is to leave your pets at home so they remain safe.
While most vendors including RodentPro will gladly accept credit/debit cards, PayPal and checks as forms of payment, there are still some vendors that only accept cash. You may be able to find an ATM at the event although you can expect to pay hefty fees plus it’s not uncommon for these machines to run out of money. If you are planning on making a purchase at the show, we recommend stopping at your bank’s ATM along the way.
Reptile Shows Are Not a Petting Zoo
Most reptile show vendors are there to sell the animals that they produce and to educate the buyer on how to properly care for their new pet. For this reason, you should only request to handle a reptile if you are seriously considering buying the animal and would like to inspect it before making a commitment. Some Vendors will only allow you to handle their reptiles if you intend on making a purchase as they are concerned that you may transmit a parasite/disease to the animals on their table.
Do Your Homework
Reptile breeders are always happy to educate the buyer on the husbandry requirements of the reptile or amphibian that they have purchased but ultimately it’s the buyer's responsibility to provide adequate care for their new pet. It’s a good idea to read care sheets in advance and to prepare a checklist of items needed to meet your new pet’s husbandry requirements. You can purchase cages, water bowls, hide boxes, substrates, frozen animal food and other husbandry items while at the show. Don’t forget to bring your new reptile to the RodentPro table so that we can assist you in finding the appropriate sized frozen food item.
Be Aware of all Local and State Reptile Laws.
Many state laws now prohibit residents from keeping wild and/or native reptiles as pets, some state laws may also prohibit you from traveling through their state with certain species. Normally these laws are created to protect the native animal populations and to prevent the devastation that feral animals present to our ecosystem. Make sure you know and understand your local/state laws before you make your final purchase, you could be breaking the law without realizing it!
Expect to Transport Your Animal in a Temporary Container.
Show Vendors will usually put your new pet in a small lidded cup or in a bag that is tied at the top. Some of these containers will be quite small to permit for safe transportation; this is not a reflection on how the breeder maintains their reptile production facility.
Thoroughly Examine All Potential Purchases
Some breeders pride themselves on the health of the reptiles that they have available on their tables, unfortunately, this is not always the case. Prior to making your purchase, do a thorough inspection of the animal and check the reptile for mites, sores, respiratory infections and kinks in the animal's spine/tail. Don’t forget to quarantine your new pet by keeping it in an isolated living area for a minimum of 30 days before allowing it to acclimate with the rest of your reptile collection.
Change Clothes When You Get Home
When you arrive home from a reptile expo it is a good idea to take a shower and to change your clothes before entering your reptile room or handling your reptiles. You could possibly be carrying parasites/diseases that could infect your collection.
Stock Up on Frozen Feeders
Come by the RodentPro tables and stock up on frozen mice, frozen rats, frozen rabbits, frozen guinea pigs, frozen hamsters, frozen gerbils, frozen chickens and frozen quail. Purchasing your feeders at the reptile shows that we attend is a great way to save on shipping costs. You can also pre-order online or by calling us at 812-867-7598 to receive website pricing including hot deals. The deadline to place your pre-order is the Thursday prior to the show. If you do not need any frozen feeders then just come by and say hello, we love talking to our customers!
These are just a few tips on what to expect at a reptile show. To see a complete listing of the upcoming shows that RodentPro will be attending please see our Upcoming Shows.