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Repticon to return to Lawrenceville

This is the expo’s final Gwinnett stop until 2014

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In this file photo, Taylor Kingsland of Acworth holds an albino Burmese python. Kingsland considered buying the snake at the annual Repticon event at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in January.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Ready to adopt a new pet? Maybe one with scales?

The reptile and exotic animal expo, Repticon, returns to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.

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 November’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.

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

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