Herps Reptile Show in Longview features snakes, lizards, turtles, spiders

Alternative and exotic pets are growing in popularity, and an East Texas show is emphasizing that. The Herp’s Exotic Reptile Show is going on this weekend at th
Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 2:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2022 at 6:23 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Alternative and exotic pets are growing in popularity, and an East Texas show is emphasizing that. The Herp’s Exotic Reptile Show is going on this weekend at the exhibit center at the Longview Fairgrounds.

Things that crawl, things that creep, and things that slither are all on display for prospective pet owners.

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

The twice-a-year Herps Exotic Reptile Show draws big crowds looking for the unusual. Particularly snakes.

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

“The popularity has grown because people are understanding that these aren’t scary, slimy dangerous animals,” said event organizer Shawn Gray.

Reptiles make good pets, particularly for those who have never had a pet because of allergies to fur.

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

Boas, pythons, chameleons, turtles, and even scorpions and centipedes that are venomous but not dangerous to humans are present.

However, customers are made aware they must be responsible owners of any exotic pets.

“The vendor who’s selling this animal will make sure the person who’s taking it home has the proper space and proper knowledge; otherwise they will not sell to that person,” Gray said.

The Herp’s Exotic Reptile Show continues Sunday at the exhibit hall of the Longview fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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