Adventures with James & Mom
.... featuring New York area weekend trips with James and his
Mom as they search for fun, excitement and learning adventures!
& Geckos - At
the New York Reptile Expo
you know that the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana is close to extinction,
only 40 left in the wild? Me either. I didn't even know that there
was a Blue Iguana or an Anegada Iguana, fewer than 200 left in
the wild. I thought, "An iguana is an iguana, right?"
I know that there are many different species of iguana and that
many of them are nearing extinction. I found out quite a bit at
the New York
Reptile Expo, and from talking to the people from The
International Reptile Conservation Foundation,
I went to
the reptile expo with my family, my Mom, Dad, brothers and sister.
Yep, even my little sister went.
We saw hundreds,
maybe thousands of snakes, turtles, frogs, and spiders, and all kinds of lizards including iguanas, bearded dragons,
geckos, monitors and even komodo dragons. There
were lots of people selling all kinds of reptiles and reptile
stuff. There were also a couple of rescue groups like Sean
Casey Animal rescue.They had reptiles for adoption that they had rescued
and that could not be released into the wild ...like a six foot
also talked with some people who belong to reptile clubs like
The Long Island
Herpetological Society, and the Metropolitan
Herpetological Society, These are vets, breeders and people
with reptilian pets, who meet to talk about their reptiles. They
help with reptile rescues and try to help others understand more
about caring for reptiles and conservation. It was very interesting
and cool. We got to hold bearded dragons and iguanas, and pet
snakes and turtles.
The show is not for the squeamish though, because they
also had boxes of like 1000 crickets, and huge cockroaches and
whole rats, frozen. My Mom and sister were not too happy with
I think if
you like lizards and stuff you might like to have a look around
next time the Reptile Expo is in town.
Says: We went on a rainy Sunday afternoon, so the Westchester County Center was a bit crowded, but it was full of other famlies and we learned
quite a bit. The price was $9.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 7
to 12, and kids under 7 were free.
saw everything in under three hours, which included talking with
vendors (approx. 200) and holding iguanas. We all found something
interesting but the best time was had by Dad and our 9 year old
a great outing for the reptile enthusiasts in your family, or
just for a few hours of something different. It is primarily a
selling expo so be prepared for the pleas for a new pet, even
if it's just a harmless hermit crab.
the wipes because touching is encouraged, and Salmonella bacteria and reptiles go hand and scale!
authors: James is the oldest of 4 kids. Mom is their Mother,
a children's writer, educator & photographer. They live in
New York with their Dad and pet dogs, cats, geckos, and turtles.
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