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Expo to bring thousands of reptiles, exotic animals to Gwinnett

At A Glance

Event schedule

Saturday

11 a.m. — The Reptile Wrangler, live animal presentation

Noon — Carolina Designer Dragons, bearded dragons

1 p.m. — Primeval Beauty, ball python care

2 p.m. — SouthEasternExoti..., geckos

3 p.m. — Georgia Reptile Society, the history of herpetology

4 p.m. — Carolina Designer Dragons, bearded dragons

Sunday

11 a.m. — SpiderBoyz.com, basic tarantula care

Noon — Carolina Designer Dragons, bearded dragons

1 p.m. — The Reptile Wrangler, live animal presentation

2 p.m. — SouthEasternExoti..., geckos

3 p.m. — Georgia Reptile Society, the history of herpetology

If You Go

What: Repticon

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville

Cost: One-day tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger, while two-day tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for those 4 and younger

For more information: Visit www.repticon.com>

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From holding snakes to petting geckos, this weekend's reptile and exotic animal show, now in its seventh year in Gwinnett, is meant to be educational and maybe even a place to find a new pet. (Special Photo)

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For those who aren't looking for a new pet but are looking for an interesting experience, Repticon has a huge display of all different types of reptiles and exotic animals from all over the world. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett residents will find Repticon very hands on.

From holding snakes to petting geckos, this weekend’s reptile and exotic animal show, now in its seventh year in Gwinnett, is meant to be educational and maybe even a place to find a new pet.

“Your average person coming in may walk away from the show with a little more education and insight into the realities of these animals and how they really are in captivity,” said Joe Lesh, a regional manager for Repticon. “What most people take home from this, especially non-reptile people, is that these are really good pets.”

The expo will bring thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds this weekend.

Lesh said the most common reptiles that go home as pets are ball pythons, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, boa constrictors and chameleons.

“Reptiles make excellent, in my opinion, first pets,” Lesh said. “They’re very low maintenance animals, which makes them perfect first pets for children.”

For those who aren’t looking for a new pet but are looking for an interesting experience, Repticon has a huge display of different types of reptiles and exotic animals from all over the world.

“Most animals aren’t going to be your common pet store types of animals,” Lesh said. “The variety is going to be a major highlight. All types of animals from every continent in the world.

“The show is a 100 percent family friendly event,” he added. “It’s good for everybody, from kids to adults.”

Those who want to learn more about reptiles and exotic animals may be interested in the hourly educational talks. Lesh said speakers will cover information ranging from how to take care of specific animals to more detailed topics.

“Some of them even get more in depth than beginners and talk about breeding for genetics and stuff like that,” he said. “In general, it’s a great time.”

For more information on Repticon, visit www.repticon.com.