Repticon, a reptile and exotic animal expos throughout the United States, is coming back to Chattanooga with a mixture of vendors and breeders. This "family-oriented, fun-filled" event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Breeder-vendors are always willing to teach in their field of herpetology.
Guests can also shop for a new family pet among the hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals. Repticon Chattanooga also offers merchandise, cages, supplies, and both live and frozen feeders, as well as expert advice about caring for their new household member.
This event, held at the Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge, will be April 24 and 25.
A global animal welfare organization, World Animal Protection, said it has called on the Camp Jordan Arena to cut its ties with reptile expo company, Repticon. The group said, "These events promote the buying, selling, and trade of exotic animals, who should not be kept as pets. These animals also pose a threat to human health with the latest CDC-reported outbreak of Salmonella linked back to a bearded dragon."
As Repticon shows resume, the following social distancing procedures will be followed at all Repticon events to promote the health and safety of staff, vendors and guests: touchless ticketing, pulsed guest admission & booth sanitization, increased spacing of vendor booths, masks and social distancing of six feet are required, it was stated. There will be no seminars or paper raffle entries.
The show hours are 9-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Tickets are only sold online and are $10 for adults, $5 for children five-12, and children under five are admitted free. For more information and to find tickets, visit https://repticon.com/repticon-chattanooga/.