Fans of reptiles ought to be ravished by an expo this weekend at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Anyone attending the third annual Myrtle Beach Reptile Expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, can check out and learn about the diversity in this part of the cold-blooded part of the animal world, which includes pet snakes and lizards.
The show coordinator, Jay Eaton of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said his fascination with reptiles, which also include alligators and turtles, began in childhood and bloomed into a profession with the start of a pet shop in Pittsburgh in 1995.
We picked South Carolina because I wanted to put on a show where people could bring their families. ... Having a show near the beach, vendors can bring their wives, and it’s before school, so families can make a vacation out of it.
With the ball python, they have so many color variations. What a lot of people don’t know about them is females grow to only about 4 feet. It’s a good beginner’s snake. ...
Also, people can see breeds that many people make their first reptile pets, such as bearded dragons ... and corn snakes – animals that make really good pets.
Also, some things are small, such as leopard geckos, which are only 8 inches long and another animal with a bunch of different morphs, different colors and everything. Snakewise, there’s such a large variety, such as your corn snakes, milk snakes and king snakes, and your regular boas and pythons.
It’s also one of those things where it’s a hobby to have, and a hobby that can make some money.