Saratoga Reptile Expo returns next month – Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Saratoga Reptile Expo returns with hundreds of lizards, snakes, frogs, salamanders, turtles, turtles, tarantulas, isopods and more.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 11 in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Now in its third year, the show has already attracted thousands of attendees, all eager to learn more and purchase exotic animals and related supplies.

For this event, organizers opened a 5,000 square foot annex room to attract additional vendors and provide more space for easier social distancing. This brings the exhibition to a total of 28,500 square feet.

In this space, the Saratoga Reptile Expo will feature its largest selection of animals and supplies to date. Over 130 vendor tables will be set up, including around 60 ranchers from across the east coast selling captive-bred reptiles, amphibians, small exotic mammals, invertebrates (mainly arachnids, mantises and leaf bugs) and long-term captives, and feeders, as well as pens and care items for these animals.

An education room will provide hands-on learning opportunities with professional zoologists and educators. Here, guest speakers will make presentations on various topics throughout the day.

Organizers Frank Townsend and Chris Stokna of Saratoga Expos, LLC have a vision for the show to promote the exotic animal trade here in the Capital Region in a way that encourages education and proper breeding and does not endorse unethical capture of wild animals to offer to sell them in the pet trade.

To support this goal, they renewed the exhibition’s partnership with 1% For The Planet, with the intention of donating a portion of the event’s profits to wildlife conservation with a focus on preserving the habitat, protection of endangered species and the fight against wildlife crime.

In addition, Townsend and Stokna carefully select suppliers who have an excellent reputation for the care and responsible breeding of their animals in accordance with their vision.

Attendees are encouraged to research pets’ needs in advance and speak with show breeders, educators, and veterinarians before making an informed purchasing decision.

Public health and safety are also of the utmost importance to the organizers of the exhibition. Presale tickets are sold in hourly blocks to limit the crowd to 50% of the capacity of the hall.

Limited tickets may be available for sale at the door as per Department of Health guidelines on the day of the event. However, anyone interested in participating is encouraged to pre-order tickets.

Tickets cost $ 10 for adults, $ 5 for children ages 6 to 13, and entry for children ages five and under is free.

Further information and a complete list of suppliers are available online at

Francine D. Grinnell – MediaNews Group Report

FILE PHOTO Toddler visits turtles at the first reptile exhibit in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Francine D. Grinnell – MediaNews Group Report

FILE PHOTO Chris Stokna, owner of Spa City Critters and co-organizer of the Reptile show with Mike Cary at a previous show.

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