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Repticon comes to Perry

The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry will be crawling with creepy crawlies of all kinds for Reptiday Perry.

Held Saturday in the Georgia Grown building, the one-day event by Repticon will have breeders, vendors and demonstrations.

Exotic small animals, snakes, frogs and spiders are just some of the creatures that will be on display. There will also be vendors selling cages, feed and other items, according to the ReptiCon website.

“You’ll be able to see a variety of animals from around the world. A lot of things you don’t even see in a zoo,” said Repticon’s Mid Atlantic operations manager Joe Lesh.

Some of the animals that might be available are an albino American alligator, green iguanas, green tree monitors and assorted scorpions, tarantulas and turtles.

Live animal demonstrations and seminars will be held each hour during Repticon.

The reptile and exotic animal conventions will travel to 50 cities this year.

Guests will be able to purchase animals as well as learn about them during the event.

Lesh said the live demonstration animals change from show to show but usually consist of snakes, lizards, turtles and occasionally some mammals.

The advantage of going to a trade show is the opportunity to talk to the breeder of the animal to get an idea of what it is like to raise the animal through adulthood.

Door prizes and raffles will be held throughout the day, according to the news release.

At least two dozen vendors such as Turtleshack, Bounty Hunter Exotics, Georgia Reptile Association and local business Rats N Snakes from Byron will participate.

“There is really, really great stuff at our shows,” Lesh said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under age 4 are free. The event is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, visit centralgeorgia.html.