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Northeast Reptile Expo returns to Bangor Sunday

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Two-year-old Janiece of Southwest Harbor makes a connection with several Bearded Dragon lizards while visiting the Northeast Reptile Expo at the Bangor Motor Inn Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Janiece came to the show with her grandmother Valerie Walker of Frankfort as well as other family members.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Hundreds of captive-bred snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and tortoises are making their way to the Queen City on Sunday for the Northeast Reptile Expo, event organizer Christopher MacMillan said.

“The show will have several of Maine’s top reptile breeders, and a few from other states as well,” he said.

Those interested in having a unique pet or who just want to see dart frogs, bearded dragon lizards, chameleons or snakes up close can make their way to the Bangor Motor Inn & Conference Center on Hogan Road between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

The entry fee is $4, and anyone under age 12 gets in free.

The expo will feature about 20 exhibits, with creatures for sale as well as supplies, cages and food.

MacMillan, a Searsport native who now lives in Powell, Ohio, makes his living selling reptiles, turtles and amphibians at shows all over the country and wanted to bring his passion home to Maine. An event he held last fall was so successful that Sunday’s event was planned.

“This is sort of dedicated to the local breeders,” he said at the last expo. “This is a really good opportunity for them to get out and talk to other breeders” and pet owners.

This time around, members of the Maine Herpetological Society will be at the expo answering questions about all things reptilian, MacMillian said.

MacMillan’s biggest seller is his brightly colored dart frogs, which are poisonous in the wild because they eat ants and beetles that eat poisonous plants. Bred dart frogs, which are so small they could sit on the top of one’s finger, are not poisonous, he said.

For more information about the Bangor expo go the the group’s website, NortheastReptileExpo.com, email northeastreptileexpo@yahoo.com or call MacMillian at 614-623-4197.

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