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They’re creepy. They’re crawly. They’re cuddly?

Just because they’re cold-blooded doesn’t mean they’re cold-hearted! Find out for yourself at the 31st National Reptile Breeders Expo Aug. 22 and 23 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

While cats and dogs still top the most popular pet list, 4.5 million U.S. households report having a pet reptile, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association. Most reptiles are low maintenance, hypoallergenic, need a relatively small amount of space and believe it or not, can be quite personable! (Have you seen the recent story of the turtle born with an exposed heart? Check out her story, featured on The Dodo’s “Little But Fierce” at

If you’re considering adding a new, less-traditional pet, to your household, or just curious about the world of reptiles, the National Reptile Breeders Expo is the event for you. The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend, Aug. 22 and 23, and will feature hundreds of captive-born snakes, spiders, lizards, amphibians and turtles, as well as herpetology memorabilia and art show.

Weekend passes are $15 and will be sold at the door. Children six and under receive free admission. For more information, visit

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