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Published On: Sun, Jun 14th, 2015

Repticon Tampa offers us the latest for snake, lizard or exotic pet enthusiasts

Tampa is again host to Repticon at the Florida State Fairgrounds, with thousands turning out to enjoy massive or strange looking creatures. Snakes, lizards, frogs and many other exotics are on display with vendors and breeders willing to share knowledge and tips with enthusiasts.

Known as Repticon Tampa, this is one of the largest events for herpetology hobby enthusiasts, pet owners, exotic animal lovers and much, much more.

Dart frog at Repticon Tampa  photo/Alyson Jones

Dart frog at Repticon Tampa photo/Alyson Jones

“The captive bred dart frogs are not poisonous,” the vendor told a teen girl when she asked about the brightly colored frogs, which could be “grown” from a tadpole or purchased as a juvenile.

“Get back here Dusty!” could be heard from the Croc Encounters team as their huge tortoise wandered away from their display as the crowd lined up to touch and snap photos with the alligators on hand.

Aisles of vendors offered the latest in exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and many other interesting animals.

“They are still a big nappy,” Alisha from Beyond the Scale Reptiles instructed my group, explaining why we couldn’t hold the baby green anacondas – see the photo below.

There were hourly seminars to further offer up expert advice as the fans packed the hall to ask questions, handled these rare animals and even commit to be the proud owner of a bearded dragon, python, spider, frog or one of the strange creatures like a chameleons or a millipede.

Take a pic with this massive burmese python at Repticon Tampa  photo/Brandon Jones

Take a pic with this massive burmese python at Repticon Tampa photo/Brandon Jones

Lovely creatures adorned cages and containers, ranging from a $10 ball python to a rare lizard costing over $2,000 to own. A vendor worn a green tree on his head, drawing a lot of attention, while another took donations for photos with his massive albino Burmese python.

Dragon Wings & Things offered just that, “Wings” for pet bearded dragon, but we had to take note that hats and superhero capes have become big sellers as well. Visit their site if you missed the show – click here.

Thousands turn out to make the Tampa show a success, each and every time, so be sure to mark the calendar for future event.

The Be sure to check out more show information at the Repticon Tampa Facebook Event Page.

Plan now for the Upcoming Tampa Show on November 7 & 8, 2015

Visit Repticon.com for more info and the schedule.

Merch for your pet bearded dragon - Repticon 2015  photo/Brandon Jones

Merch for your pet bearded dragon – Repticon 2015 photo/Brandon Jones

Repticon Tampa June, 2015 photo/Brandon Jones

Repticon Tampa June, 2015 photo/Brandon Jones

Frilled Dragons at Repticon Tampa June, 2015 photo/Alyson Jones

Frilled Dragons at Repticon Tampa June, 2015 photo/Alyson Jones

Frilled dragon - Repticon 2015 photo/Alyson Jones

Frilled dragon – Repticon 2015 photo/Alyson Jones

Baby green anaconda - Repticon 2015 photo/Brandon Jones

Baby green anaconda – Repticon 2015 photo/Brandon Jones

Repticon 2015 photo/Brandon Jones

Repticon 2015 photo/Brandon Jones

Repticon 2015 photo/ Alyson Jones

Repticon 2015 photo/ Alyson Jones

Repticon inflatable snake

The iconic inflatable python for Repticon – photo/Brandon Jones

bearded dragon up close Repticon 2015

Repticon 2015 photo/Alyson Jones

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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