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Utah Repticon

Postby Ash » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:13 pm

I'm stoked because Repticon is being held in Utah this month on the 15-16. I haven't ever been to a reptile expo, but it's something I've always really wanted to do. Unfortunately, there aren't going to be any of the "big" breeders there since it's just little ol' Utah, but I'm still excited to go.

Do you guys know if the animals at expos are usually cheaper than the average, or around average price, above?

I don't know if I'll actually buy anything, but if an animal catches my eye--like, say a breeding-age female pied ball python at a good price--then I may come home with something. ;)

Oh, and this is kind of a dumb question, but do auctions/expos accept credit? Or do they just take cash?
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Re: Utah Repticon

Postby minervasden » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:24 pm

My experience is limited as I live too far from the reptile expos BUT I did attend one small one plus have retail reptile background. Also am using pricing seen in images/videos from expos plus what people have stated they paid at these events.

Prices I've seen have been less than local retail. Around wholesale +/- for most. Species/morphs that are not usually found wholesale are a bit more but still below usual retail. It does vary by area of course.

As for cash vs. card- Varies by vendor some do accept credit card but I would take cash mainly to avoid spending more than you budgeted. If you have a vendor list ahead of time you may be able to find out who is accepting cards. Especially if buying a higher end animal in case problems occur.

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Re: Utah Repticon

Postby Ash » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:53 pm

Thank-you for your insight. I really wasn't sure about what to exactly expect.

I wish the reptile community was bigger in Utah. I doubt there are going to be too many, if any, out-of-state breeders in attendance. Maybe I'll be surprised though with what the locals have.

Fortunately, I'm not an impulse-purchaser (usually, lol). But bringing cash would be a good idea to be on the safe side just so I'm not tempted. Baby ball pythons are just so teensy-tiny and cute; they're pretty hard to resist when I see them at the pet store.

I'm worried that if they were selling retics though I'd bring one home. I want to hold off until I've actually proven to myself that I can euthanize rabbits and feeders first, otherwise food for a growing retic would start getting expensive. But if I brought one home, it would be a baby so I would still have time. They grow pretty quick though.

Ooh, or a tegu... I like those things.
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Re: Utah Repticon

Postby Ash » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:34 am

I went to Repticon this past Saturday. :) It was a lot of fun, and I had a great time. I really wanted to buy something, but decided against it since I'm moving so soon. There was an adorable baby bumblebee het ghost that I wanted to take home so bad, but thought it would be best if I held off for now. At least until I move. But it was so teensy in my hands! It was hard not to fall in love with her.

Prices there were actually WAY cheaper than I'd seen elsewhere.

They had poison dart frogs too, and I talked to the breeders a lot about them and their care. They were such beautiful little animals. And they're super easy to care for too as long as you have the proper setup. They do best in vivariums, which are actually not nearly as hard to maintain as I thought they would be.

Tied with the bumblebee, I also really loved a calico-spider-yellow-belly ball python I saw. It was gorgeous, but I would not have wanted the yellow-belly gene (which made it a triple-gene animal and therefore more expensive). I really love the calico spiders though, and those are called "caliders." Here's a link to a picture of a calider: https://www.google.com/search?q=calider&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=69UBU4LfONWHoQTChIHoAg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=642#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=-NK6vr6gjARxyM%253A%3BfY6H5Pn-xIvGHM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.worldofballpythons.com%252Ffiles%252Fmorphs%252Fcalider%252F002.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.worldofballpythons.com%252Fmorphs%252Fcalider%252F%3B800%3B600 See how pretty there are! They are on my wishlist now for sure. I wish I had taken pictures at Repticon, and then I would have posted some here.

It was very cool though because seeing the different morphs in person is WAY different than seeing them in pictures. You could just see the difference. Many of them look the same to the untrained eye, so I always had a hard time. I'd stare at pictures over and over, but in person it's very clear what makes them different.

Ooh, there was a mojave pied there too that was very pretty. I really like them, and they're one of the ones I've wanted to breed. Here's what they look like: https://www.google.com/search?q=calider&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=69UBU4LfONWHoQTChIHoAg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=642#channel=sb&q=mojave+pied&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=Qm3_ScGSyUi0_M%253A%3BCMIoE-hRkd5YXM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fserpents-den.com%252Fupload%252Fimages%252Fimg_513a52a7cf8b2Mojave%252520Pied%252520pdhAx.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fserpents-den.com%252FGallery%3B1080%3B735 Their colored blotches are a beautiful golden-brown.
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