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My first reptile show + exotics meet [some pics]

I've been really ill recently, hence my lack of posting, but I had two things happening on Sunday that I was just NOT willing to miss

The first thing was the CREAKS (Central Reptile and Exotic Animal Keepers Society) show, which was similar to what I usually go to with the birds. One big sale. I went with Jack's step dad, as he's into his reptiles too. He was a terrible choice and a very bad influence to take with me When we got there, we were waiting in like for 45 minutes before we could even get in! It was a grueling wait, especially when you're so excited!

I didn't take much money, which I guess is a good thing, but there was so much amazing art work and some really good books I wanted to buy. Oh and equipment. The only equipment I got was some new tiny water bowls for the hatchling enclosures and a new long heat mat for my rack style set up. The prices were very good

I also ended up bringing back some critters... sigh. I had actually gone with the intention of buying a male anery Kenyan sand boa. However, the only one I could find was a female hatchling and they wanted 100 for her I'm NOT paying that! Paprika only cost me 30. Anyway. As said above, I'd gone with Jack's step dad. He really, really wanted a royal (ball) python but was told not to come back with anything. Most of the royal pythons available were all morphs, and expensive ones at that. You were looking between 40-3000 in price. No thanks! I found a gorgeous young male for only 25, but he had what appeared to be a heat lamp burn on his head and I couldn't risk losing another. It would have really upset me, having not only lost the birds but then losing Cleo as well I kept looking around and found a very popular and very reputable breeder. They even had their own snake bags with their logo on them haha. He too was selling a normal male for 25, but this one looked amazing and very healthy. Paul egged me on and I ended up buying him. I don't know how old he is, but he's definitely a 2013 fella. He hasn't got a name yet, and he doesn't have any fancy morphs (but I think the normal wild markings are the prettiest anyway). Here's a few pictures





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I also really wanted a leopard gecko, however, I told my self no no, you don't want to get one just yet because you won't be comfortable feeding them bugs. What did I get? A bloomin' bearded dragon! All of the beardies at the show were only costing 10, but this fella was 8. That's not why I bought him! He just seemed to be the most alert and happy looking + I already have a large vivarium at home that is currently empty as Frank is in a tub at the moment. I noticed when I picked up the tub that he was missing many toes and the end of his tail. He also has one foot so badly damaged that it's pretty much a stump. I couldn't resist him though. He has gorgeous markings, a huge personality and he's a bit more unique than the others. I snatched him up. I didn't like the breeder much so I pretty much shoved the money at him and moved away. According to growth charts, if he was fed properly, then he would be 2 months old as I measured him at 8 inches. I have a feeling that he's older than that but wasn't receiving very good care. Here's some photos of him, oh and he doesn't have a name yet either... and I'm unsure of his morph but he's quite red















Considering neither were really handled, they're both very tame and sweet. Paprika, my Kenyan sand boa, is still reaaaaaally moody with me. Nobody can handle her except Jack! She won't let anybody else near her

ANYWAY! On to the meet! As I'd been really ill, I almost didn't go to the meet on the evening but as it's only once a month and it was the first ever I decided to drag myself there. It was pretty good. Between about 20-30 people turned up so it wasn't too bad and quite a few people bought animals. There were corn snakes, royal pythons, bearded dragons, house snakes, blue tongued skinks (so not THAT out of the ordinary with those, but great nonetheless) and mammal-wise they had a skunk (a gorgeous chocolate one), a Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) and a raccoon

I didn't take photos at either event. I know I was 100% not allowed to take any of the show but I didn't want to be rude at the meet either so maybe next time haha. At the next meet I'll be taking my American kestrel, Bandit

So uh yeah, that's it!
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Gorgeous new additions Daisy! I didn't know you were allowed to keep tanuki as a pet over there. It wouldn't surprise me in the US, since all they care about is you paying some money for a license and you can own anything you want But I thought they were more strict across the pond. Very neat! Hope your new babies do well for you <3 That beardy is a cutie!



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Yay, gorgeous babies!

Sad to say though that Female KSBs, especially morphs, cost way more than normals. A normal KSB here costs about $40 while an Anery costs about $130. They also go up in price when they grow and Females always cost more. I think 100 pounds for a Female Anery is actually about the right price.
My girl was $130 "second hand".



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Congratulations on your new additions, Daisy! Sounds like you had an awesome time!
I would like everyone to know I've named Daisy's snake Theodore.




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Gorgeous new additions Daisy! I didn't know you were allowed to keep tanuki as a pet over there. It wouldn't surprise me in the US, since all they care about is you paying some money for a license and you can own anything you want But I thought they were more strict across the pond. Very neat! Hope your new babies do well for you <3 That beardy is a cutie!
We can keep most animals! We do have the Dangerous Wild Animals Act though, which stops people keeping venomous snakes, large herbivores (not farming etc.), some birds, crocodillians... you get the picture! Basically you have to prove yourself to get a license. A vet has to come and inspect the enclosure too. I'd not seen a Tanuki in person before but honestly she was lovely. Felt sorry for her though, she was pretty frightened and thank you!
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Yay, gorgeous babies!

Sad to say though that Female KSBs, especially morphs, cost way more than normals. A normal KSB here costs about $40 while an Anery costs about $130. They also go up in price when they grow and Females always cost more. I think 100 pounds for a Female Anery is actually about the right price.
My girl was $130 "second hand".
See they're usually between 30-50 here for a normal and maybe 80 for an anery female. I need an anery male. I don't mind paying the price! But I didn't have it on me at the time after I bought my new heat mat and such And thank you
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Congratulations on your new additions, Daisy! Sounds like you had an awesome time!
I would like everyone to know I've named Daisy's snake Theodore.
Haha thanks Abby. Yes, the royal python is called Theodore, Chalkie's original name to be had I not have kept the name Chalkie. And the bearded dragon is called Hershel
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See they're usually between 30-50 here for a normal and maybe 80 for an anery female. I need an anery male. I don't mind paying the price! But I didn't have it on me at the time after I bought my new heat mat and such And thank you
Ahh ok! Sounds about right! I have a hard time thinking about your prices over there sometimes because your currency is worth almost double ours, lol.

I can't wait until the next Reptile Show and Sale here in May, so excited!



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Ahh ok! Sounds about right! I have a hard time thinking about your prices over there sometimes because your currency is worth almost double ours, lol.

I can't wait until the next Reptile Show and Sale here in May, so excited!
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Darn! We have one here in Edmonton in May, then one 2 hours drive away in August, then another here in Edmonton in October. ^_^

Can't wait until the WCRE in August! It's the largest Reptile show in Western Canada and you can basically find anything there that you'd be looking for. So awesome!



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Yay, gorgeous babies!

Sad to say though that Female KSBs, especially morphs, cost way more than normals. A normal KSB here costs about $40 while an Anery costs about $130. They also go up in price when they grow and Females always cost more. I think 100 pounds for a Female Anery is actually about the right price.
My girl was $130 "second hand".
I got super lucky with my breeder. I spent $90 for my anery female and he had so many normal het anery males lying around he tossed one in free if I would take it. Of course, I couldn't say no to a free baby Reptile shows are dangerous for me. I always find blood python babes and get the major "I want's" haha Not the best of pets, even when not being temperamental, but man they are so CUTE! I'm also a sucker for monitors and uromastyx but know I don't have the time or means to care for them. I'm a sucker for 'chubby' or smushed face reptiles, hence the KSB, bloods, uromastyx...



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Dang Daisy, that sucks! They're hard to find here as well. I've had to order mine from the States and Ontario and have them shipped to me.

And Bloods are gorgeous! I could never have one though, they get WAYYYYY too big. I also love Uromastyx, they are cute! I saw a baby in the pet store the other day for the first time and it was so small and ADORABLE! They are rare around here because not many people breed them (like, practically no people) and so most are wild caught adults.



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Dang Daisy, that sucks! They're hard to find here as well. I've had to order mine from the States and Ontario and have them shipped to me.

And Bloods are gorgeous! I could never have one though, they get WAYYYYY too big. I also love Uromastyx, they are cute! I saw a baby in the pet store the other day for the first time and it was so small and ADORABLE! They are rare around here because not many people breed them (like, practically no people) and so most are wild caught adults.
Uromastyx were pretty common in FL, but so is everything Shops would even have different breeds and color morphs. They are so cute as babies, so FAT! I almost took home a really sweet baby at the shop I worked at, but the cage size was a big detractor. My understanding of it was they need a much larger enclosure than you would think for their size and need a clay substrate (they sell it specifically for uro's) so they can dig and burrow. To clean it, you have to soak and scrape it all out, then do it again. Too much for me with so many other animals!



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Yeah, they need a huge tank. (40 gallon breeder minimum, preferably larger) but they actually don't need a clay substrate. I know of a lot of people that use bird seed and the Uros will eat it. Not the best idea in my mind but I would probably just use slate tile, lol.



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Cool to know! The clay just seemed waaay to complicated haha though it was fun to watch them dig!



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Yes! There are lots of other substrates you can use. I want a Uro eventually!



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When Cleo passed away, the breeder felt bad and offered my lodger a KSB (normal female). I went to pick her up tonight as he's at work and while I was there I was discussing how I'm struggling to get an anery. Well guess what? He will be producing anery in the next season (they're all cooling right now) so he's going to keep me a male back. I may get a girl too, not sure yet. But anyway, I'm reallllly happy! He won't be charging me loads either will post pics of the newbie in the morning


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