Snakes, lizards and more on display at Northeast Reptile Expo

Posted March 30, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
Kate Anderson of Concord, New Hampshire, laughs as Bruce, a ball python, slithers around her ball cap at the start of the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Kate and her husband, Josh, own WTF Reptiles in New Hampshire.
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Kate Anderson of Concord, New Hampshire, laughs as Bruce, a ball python, slithers around her ball cap at the start of the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Kate and her husband, Josh, own WTF Reptiles in New Hampshire. Buy Photo
Containers of ball pythons and boas for sale by Prehistorix (New Hampshire) at the Northeast Reptile Expo Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Containers of ball pythons and boas for sale by Prehistorix (New Hampshire) at the Northeast Reptile Expo Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Buy Photo
One of the markings on Medusa, an 8-year-old ball python, looks like a moose head (center mark). Medusa is the pet of Anthony Sweetland of Waldo who was enjoying the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center with his girlfriend Alex Schiessl.
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One of the markings on Medusa, an 8-year-old ball python, looks like a moose head (center mark). Medusa is the pet of Anthony Sweetland of Waldo who was enjoying the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center with his girlfriend Alex Schiessl. Buy Photo
Susanne Hopkins (left) and her daughter Lillian, 12, of Pittsfield, look at bearded dragons held by Cory Gonsalves, owner of Simply Smooth Dragons in New Hampshire at the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Going to the expo was part of Lillian's 12th birthday present.
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Susanne Hopkins (left) and her daughter Lillian, 12, of Pittsfield, look at bearded dragons held by Cory Gonsalves, owner of Simply Smooth Dragons in New Hampshire at the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Going to the expo was part of Lillian's 12th birthday present. Buy Photo
Davin Getchell examines a bearded dragon at the Dragons' of Dover-Foxcroft table during the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Davin Getchell examines a bearded dragon at the Dragons' of Dover-Foxcroft table during the Northeast Reptile Expo on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Buy Photo
Enthusiasts check out the exhibits at the Northeast Reptile Expo Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Enthusiasts check out the exhibits at the Northeast Reptile Expo Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center. Buy Photo
A tiny 3-week-old red foot tortoise is held by Jennifer Hignutt of Chester, Maine, at the Northeast Reptile Expo at the Cross Insurance Center on Sunday.  Hignutt owns a 7-year-old red foot and is considering another.
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A tiny 3-week-old red foot tortoise is held by Jennifer Hignutt of Chester, Maine, at the Northeast Reptile Expo at the Cross Insurance Center on Sunday. Hignutt owns a 7-year-old red foot and is considering another. Buy Photo
A male short-tailed python from Scutes 'n Scales in Newport.
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A male short-tailed python from Scutes 'n Scales in Newport. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Snakes worn like accessories. Lizards on leashes. Tiny red-eye tree frogs stuck to the sides of aquariums and one ball python with a marking of a moose head.

That was just part of the scene at the Cross Insurance Center on Sunday, where enthusiasts gathered to take in all the excitement of the Northeast Reptile Expo. Varieties of snakes, lizards, tortoises, amphibians and more were available to buy or just there on display for people to admire and enjoy.

“If I could choose just one,” said 12-year-old Lillian Hopkins of Pittsfield, “I’d probably choose some kind of really cool ball python.” Lillian, who was at the expo as part of her birthday gift, said she always has been fond of snakes and loves catching garter snakes outside.

Not all reptile lovers started out that way, though. Sylvia Campbell, who owns Prehistorix with her boyfriend Dave Hallenborg, didn’t always like snakes.

“As a kid, I always had turtles and frogs, but was terrified of snakes and spiders,” said Campbell. “My fear went away when I met Dave and became familiar with them. I realized that they weren’t going to attack me.

“Once you know them, you know when they’re angry and when not to bother them,” said Campbell.

 

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