The Reptile Super Show
Reptiles, reptiles, reptiles, oh my! The Reptile Super Show is making its way to Los Angeles! A staple in the cold-blooded community, the Reptile Super Show showcases thousands of creatures, from snakes, lizards and geckos, to chameleons of all sorts of colors, tortoises and even creepy crawlies such as tarantulas.
The show is an annual event that has been going on since 2006. Over the years the show has expanded into the amazing phenomenon it is today.
“It's a one stop shop for your reptile needs,” says Ramy Guirguis, promoter for the Reptile Super Show. “There's a huge reptile store, and its very fun and family-oriented.”
You can expect to see thousands of reptiles on exhibit, as well as the people who have a passion for them. It's literally a gathering of reptile lovers. There are displays with huge lizards and snakes, including Miss Kipling, a large lizard who is featured on the TV show Jesse.
If you are new to snakes, lizards, geckos and the like, the show will educate you on the care and maintenance of your new family ambassador.
There is also an array of supplies available. Everything from supplements and vitamins, to cages, and different accessories like rocks and sand to make your terrarium beautiful – and comfortable – for your reptile friends.
Captive breeding is a huge aspect to the show. Breeders will provide information and tips about caring for the animals, and pointers and advice if you are interested in breeding yourself.
“We encourage captive breeding,” explains Ramy. “Through captive breeding there's really incredible animals that are different from what you would find in the wild. In addition you create their home environment so they aren't stressed. There are even breeders who specialize in color.”
Stop by and check out breeders like Bob Mailloux at Sandfire Dragon Ranch, who breeds amazingly gorgeous bearded dragons and different types of frogs. For rare geckos, lizards and the like, breeder Jay Sommers will offer an amazing selection.
As well there are four sponsors of the show. Timberline is a largest cricket and worm breeding facility in the US – that means food for reptiles. As well sponsors Zoo Med, Zilla, and Exo Terra offer products like cages and lighting, vitamins and supplements and all types of accessories for your cold-blooded friends.
Why are people drawn to reptiles?
They grab attention, say Ramy. “People are fascinated by them,” he says. “When you see someone walking down the street holding a big snake, it's cool and different.”
In addition, reptiles are perfect for those who want an animal, but don't have a lot of space or time. “It's easier to take care of a snake,” says Ramy. “You can feed a snake once a week and they're super happy.”
Over 700 tables and hundreds of vendors will be at the Reptile Super Show. This expo is open to the public and admission is $14 for adults and $9 for kids 12 and under. The Reptile Super Show takes place January 5 - 6, Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona.
As a bonus, there will be a video game expo called Retro City Festival which features old school video games, game systems and arcade games.