Everybody is welcome at the Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show. No matter your various orientations, even if its lizards over humans.
This is an old sign. The majority of vendors will be happy that I've changed the the hours to Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, Sunday stays the same 10am to 4pm.
Many of you have wondered how Ball Pythons get their various patterns and colors. The Ball Python community wants you to believe that it is through selective breeding. However, this is not the case. As shown in this photo, by exposing the snakes to high energy gamma rays, (similar to the Hulk, see The Incredible Hulk #1, May, 1962, Marvel Comics) an array of patterns and colors can be obtained. Reds still need to be put in with fingernail polish. For more info on producing high energy gamma rays, see 'High Energy Gamma Rays, A Mix of vinegar, baking soda and Plutonium Does The Trick. J of Irreproducible Results. Sept 1966.
There are many factors to consider when trying to list the most dangerous snakes in the world. Venom toxicity (Inland Taipan); Size (King Cobra); Intelligence (King Cobra); Aggressiveness (Black Mamba); Speed (Black Mamba); Frequency of encounter (Saw Scale viper); Number of recorded or at least estimated deaths (Saw Scaled Viper). Intelligence of the Humans that tend to be bitten by the snake in question (Western Diamond Back) (this is an inverse relationship).
Few people ever see this image and live to tell about it. Come see the dark inside of the mouth of a Black Mamba at the Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show Oct 2014
Cobras, especially albinos, are excellent weavers. Note how this one has woven her own pattern into her private hideaway. Come see a display of cobra weaving skill at the 2014 Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale
I don't remember which snake this is. It has pits and dosen't look like a rattlesnake, so it's some sort of viper. If you know, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks.
Pretty much every picture I took at the show has more reptiles in it than humans. I think there are a few python human crosses as well, but here at the Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale we do not discriminate based on species. Anyway, since about 9000 people attended the show over the weekend, and guessing that the human : reptile ratio was 1 : 4, there were an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 reptiles at the show. I put Lawyers in the second group.
LLL Reptile has attended every one of the Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sales for at least the last 10 years. As usual they assembled their 1000 square foot mobile reptile shop in something like 6 hours. This is like taking one of their brick and mortar stores and moving it from city to city every week. This is a tribute to Lauren who is now probably considered one of the most respected retail reptile dealers in the country. At least of the ones who have not done time. (unless you consider the scat incident). Also notice Megan, a local actress, in the green shirt about 20-30 feet beyond the booth. She is usually surrounded by paparazzi, but we keep them out of the show, as I don't like be pictured in the fanzines.
Mad Science of Tucson is not a reptile related business. But as they promote science to kids as opposed to other rather bizarre world views, I give them a booth to teach kids to make slime and other intense scientific pursuits
Who is going to pop first? One of Vera's fabulous balloons or Vera who is 7&1/2 months pregnant
Steve is a division manager and reptile specialist for Exo Terra, which may be the largest producer of reptile related products in the world. But most importantly, he is a UCLA alumni. The tattooed up woman talking to him is Charlotte who runs Tucson Reptile Rescue. They take in abandoned and unwanted reptiles. They also give free lunches to lawyers that have hit bottom trying to break away from the 'Dark Side' an become useful members of society
Steve is also an expert at putting together display terrariums. This one was designed specifically to house Tralfamadorian Chinch Bugs. However, as Tralfamador is several thousand light-years away, the cage is currently empty
As I am doing these captions four months after the show and the pesky right arm of the vendor on display is covering his name badge, and my memory is not what it used to be, I can't give you his name (Let me know: email@example.com). the blue tongue skink he is holding is named Rocky. Blue tongue's are always popular at the show and all vendors that had them were sold out the first day. The blue tongue crop was poor this year.
Georgi, the one without snake and also the unbearded co-owner with Ken The Bug Guy, of Exotic pets on 1st Ave in Tucson. Her coworker is holding a piebald Ball Python, probably the only ball python that I like, just because they're so weird
I already talked about Charlotte in a previous photo, So I'll just repeat part of that caption: Charlotte runs Tucson Reptile Rescue. They take in abandoned and unwanted reptiles. They also give free lunches to lawyers that have hit bottom trying to break away from the 'Dark Side' an become useful members of society
A new vendor this year, Real Insect Jewelry, did very well. However, I would not recommend the Black Widow necklace as it can be very dangerous
No. Dale is not a recycled road kill. It's just the name of his company
Darren and Darren of Serpent Stick. With all that discrimination out there, Darren's have to stick together
Woman looking at Bearded Dragon with Tiger in background. I'm getting tired, trying to be funny can be draining. Doing these captions take a lot longer than taking the pictures
The other Darren. Buying a hook from them is liking carrying around a 2 piece custom made pool cue (see Jim Croce)
Robert is the only member (president) of the Tucson Herp Society) with any social skills. The rest are probably at home reading or trying to write ome of these books. Oh wait, I'm a member. I guess there could be a few more. Whether I have social skills or not could be debatable
The Arizona Senora Desert Mueseum has been attending the show for the last few years. She is holding an Arizona Mountain King Snake (Pyromelana pyromelana). Known by herpers as pyros.
The bearded half of Ken the bug guy. His real last name is something Irish.
We were worried about one the the mos dangerous speices in the world (juvenile Homo sapiens sapiens) damaging one of the friendly alligators at the show. So, we tol them not to.
If I had to fight the deadliest snakes in the world (left) or the deadliest mamals on earth (right). I would go with whom evolution has already shown the winner of this contest to be.
I don't think I'd touch the face of a Horned Lizard that size, even being on the side of the winning evolutionary strategy
Speckled Rattlesnake. First type I ever captured to photograph in the 1970s Joshua Tree National Park, mid southern California.
Know idea who this is, but I love the shirt.
Randy and Tanya, who along with Tommy and my wife Cathy (nepotism of course) are the assistant directors of the show.
Leopard Geckos line dancing
Scorpions and spiders guaranteed not to bite
Bill Love gave a great hands on (that means the audience) photo workshop. Even the seasoned photographer picked up a few new things. He said to keep the poster, so I assume he will do it again this year.
Bill is not as good a model as photographer
Counts T-Rex's to get to sleep at night
I hope the shoulder bag that the girl on the right is wearing is from recycled road kills
Some of Robert Sanders blown glass reptiles look more real than the live ones. And they don't loose there color with the seasons