The Herps Reptile Show at Longview features snakes, lizards, turtles and spiders

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) — Alternative and exotic pets are growing in popularity, and an East Texas show is highlighting it. Herp’s Exotic Reptile Show is taking place this weekend at the Longview Fairgrounds Exhibit Center.

Things that crawl, things that crawl, and things that slide are all on display for future pet owners.

“We deal with everything from small invertebrates to reptiles to small mammals to some small carnivores,” said Sean Trimbach of Best Exotics. “It’s not something you see every day. Friends come and say, ‘Hey, look at this guy’, and their friends say, ‘Wow!’ »

Twice a year, the Herps Exotic Reptile Show draws large crowds in search of the unusual. Especially snakes.

“It’s something that a lot of people don’t see as something that can be domesticated,” said Burning Ember Reptiles’ Chris Nash.

“The popularity has grown because people understand that they are not scary, dangerous animals,” said event organizer Shawn Gray.

Reptiles make great pets, especially for those who have never had pets due to fur allergies.

“That’s where my grandson can pet the animals, touch them and everything because they don’t have fur. He can play with them,” client Tammy Pace said.

Boas, pythons, chameleons, turtles, and even poisonous but harmless scorpions and centipedes are present.

However, guests are advised that they must be the responsible owners of any exotic pets.

“The vendor who sells this animal will ensure that the person who brings it home has the necessary space and knowledge; otherwise, they won’t sell to that person,” Gray said.

Herp’s Exotic Reptile Show continues Sunday in the Longview Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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