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Repticon slithers into Gwinnett Fairgrounds

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Leapin' lizards ... and snakes, insects and reptiles.

All of the above -- and then some -- return to Repticon, a reptile and exotic animal expo, held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds Jan. 12 and 13.

The event takes these unusual animals out from under the rocks and into the spotlight. Local and regional breeders bring reptiles, amphibians and other exotic creatures to the fairgrounds to educate attendees about the animals' lifestyles. There are also vendors on site selling merchandise.

During January's stop, visitors have a chance to learn about snapping turtles, sand boas, bearded dragons, Leopard Geckos and more. Other educational sessions include a venomous snake display, the reptile wrangler Ken Panse and a tropical amphibians presentation given by Tom Brown of Under the Canopy Farms.

If you have medical questions about exotic animals, Dr. David Martinez of Southeastern Mobile Vet will be at the event to answer questions.

Animals aren't the only focal point at this event. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is setting up shop from its blood mobile on Jan. 12. Those interested in giving blood need to bring a photo ID and drink water beforehand.

Repticon will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 5 to 12, and $15 for both days. Admission is free for children 4 years and younger as well as scouts who are in uniform. All school employees are allowed in without admission, but they will need to present a school ID or a recent pay stub.

There are VIP tickets available for purchase online, which includes a VIP hour on Jan. 12 and a gift bag provided by Zoo-Med.