The Sixteenth Annual Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale
The Show is held at the Tucson Expo Center on a yearly basis and occupies about 50,000 square feet. Two thirds of the show is made up of individual vendors from around the country, selling and displaying captive bred reptiles and amphibians, supplies, books, jewelry, clothing, art — anything reptilian. The other one third of the show is displays of local and exotic reptiles from around the world and information about reptiles and amphibians. There are two petting zoos. The reptile petting zoo has alligators, monitor lizards, giant tortoises and snakes that can be interacted with by children and adults in a closely supervised manor. The mammal petting zoo will include unusual animals from around the world such as capybaras, porcupines and wallaby’s. There will also be some more common farm like animals. There is a display of exotic venomous snakes such as cobras, taipans, tree vipers, old world vipers and coral snakes. Over twenty species of rattlesnakes will be represented. There will be Gila Monsters as well as other lizards and snakes native to Arizona, the United States and the world on display. It is illegal to sell Arizona’s native reptiles or to possess exotic venomous reptiles in Arizona without a special permits. The permits are mainly for scientific study and Zoos.