Reptile and amphibian vendors from across the state have gathered at the Taylor Town Trade Center for the monthly Michigan Reptile Show, Saturday. This reptile expo comes into the town of Taylor, Mich. on the second Saturday of every month and features vendors from across the state and some from Ohio! It costs $5 for adults to get in and any child under 10-years-old can get in for free when accompanied by an adult.
The Michigan Reptile Show is a family-friendly educational event and is the largest reptile expo in the state. Their website states that they have the largest selection of reptiles, tarantulas, and amphibians than anywhere else in Michigan.
There are sixteen vendors listed on their website with contact information. However, there are more at the event itself. One of the vendors is Eileen Underwood with Herpetaium Herps from Bowling Green, Ohio. She has been working with reptiles and amphibians since 2002 and works with Bowling Green University. They had several animals featured on their tables including, Leopard Geckos, Crested Geckos, Veiled Chameleons, Kenyan Sand Boas, Monitor Lizards, and more. Underwood stated that they get their animals from a breeder who asks them if they want to be sent anything, to which they always say yes.
All of the vendors at the event are very knowledgeable about the animals they sell and tell customers what they will need to do to take care of their new pets. Any supplies that would be needed could also be found at the event. There were several vendors selling cages and decorations for the animals, along with heat lamps and food.
For the customer’s convenience, several of the tables provided different food options for the reptiles and amphibians. Food available ranges from Pangea Fruit Mix for crested geckos to full-grown rats for some snake species. There were also several species of caterpillars and beetles for smaller reptiles.
This event didn’t only feature reptiles, amphibians, and their food, it also features furry animals as well. Baby chicks, guinea pigs, rabbits, and puppies could also be found at the event.
However, the most unexpected animals found were a small monkey and baby kangaroo being carried around by a zoologist. The small monkey crawled on the man’s shoulders and head while being cooed at by people passing by. The baby kangaroo got to lay back and relax in a pouch around the man’s torso. He said that he has a zoo and brings the animals to school for educational purposes only. Needless to say, he was very popular with the kids.
The Michigan Reptile Show is a large and popular reptile expo held in the Taylor Town Trade Center on the second Saturday of every month. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets cost $5. Animals at the event include frogs, axolotls, Kenyan sand boas, pythons, crested geckos, leopard geckos, scorpion geckos, blue-tongued skinks, rabbits, ducks, chicks, bearded dragons, monitor lizards, hedgehogs, chinchillas, puppies and much more. The next show will be held on April 14, 2018.