This weekend marks the third annual May Repticon show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates were for sale along with supplies and some interesting and different products.
If your bearded dragon isn’t spoiled enough, maybe you should get it a hammock for it. Better yet, how about buying a tiny bed, complete with quilted comforter and pillows? Don’t forget the necklace! While this author does not recommend putting anything around a lizard’s neck that could potentially get caught on surroundings, the look was quite adorable. For those without a bearded dragon, there were plenty for sale. It is the most popular lizard species kept as pets today.
Ball pythons have long been the scaly creature of choice. Lots of other legless critters were available. Leopard geckos are a lizard fan favorite. Several chameleon species were on display with turret-set eyes scanning the room in all directions. Tarantulas were also well represented at the show.
Black Jungle is a company that sells dart frogs, tropical live plants and other supplies. They had what was perhaps the most interesting animals seen at the show. The gorgeous creatures were a pair of baby Curl Crested Aracaris (tropical birds) that require frequent feedings and travel with their keepers just about every weekend.
Maryland Reptile Farm is a reptile show staple in the region. They always have quite a selection of reptile and amphibian reference books, care books and field guides for sale. Animal bedding, hooks, heat tape and some other supplies can be purchased from them.
Glass jellyfish sculptures could adorn a desk for a person who is looking for something maintenance free. Another vendor had bat carcasses and pinned butterflies or beetles in frames along with alligator skulls and other dead animal oddities.
Although there has been an upswing in alternative pet sales nationwide, attendance seemed very low compared to past reptile shows at the fairgrounds. The number of vendors was also down. The next Repticon show will be in September at the same location.