The reptile show returns to the funfair
TEXARKANA – Reptiles, especially snakes, don’t always give people warmth and fuzziness.
But Micky and Tamara Meyer of St. Louis, who present the Show Me Reptiles & Exotic Show at the Four States Fairgrounds on Saturday, hope to allay people’s fears and even get them to choose a snake or other animal on display as a pet. .
The event typically draws 500 to 1,000 people a day as it tours the country, Micky said.
“We have about a dozen different vendors and different animals,” he said. “We have ball pythons, lizards, geckos and turtles. Truly there is something for everyone and everyone comes here for different reasons. Micky said people will have the ability to touch snakes, and he has seen children and adults change their attitudes once they overcome their fear of snakes.
“A lot of times I’ve seen people hold a snake, then they buy one and they’re not scared, and they get a new pet,” he said.
One of the most recognizable snakes that will be at the show is the ball python. They are priced between $50 and $25,000, Micky said.
“There will also be corn snakes, king snakes, leopard geckos, crested geckos and boa constrictors,” he said.
Constrictors are “very nice,” Micky said, though that’s not always how they’re portrayed.
“The ‘Anaconda’ movie was pretty inaccurate,” he said. “They’re not going to wrap people up and kill them. It is very rare for people to be strangled to death by a snake. Snakes just get a lot of bad press, and often times it’s very easy for people to be afraid of what they don’t know, so they’re afraid. We provide some education. Tamara Meyer said she and her husband had loved snakes all their lives and grew up in the woods catching and playing with them. When they got married, they noticed what the world of snake shows was like and wanted to expand on what was there, she said.
Four States Fair executive director Lisa Garner said the show took place last fall at the fairgrounds.
“I’m really excited to see them back,” Garner said. “They put on a really fun show and it’s interesting to get out and see the reptiles.”