Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sacramento


So yeah, a day late and a dollar short, but here it is!
(Happy November, by the way)

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised as to how well organized the Sacramento show was, and how well attended. It was a good weekend, although like most shows, Sunday was slower than Saturday.


There was a large convention hallway, and it was full with large walkways and many tables with many different vendors. There was a predominant presence of Leopard Gecko breeders, with many other multiple species breeders there as well.


I didn't get a large amount of time to take individual photos of animals I saw, but I did take some cool photos of booths (and so did Joel).

Hey look, it's mine!

Hey look, It's Joel at the Heather's Herps table!
Here I got a very far away from the location photo of the Phoenix Herpetological Society's setup. It was apparently a zoo/setup to educate the public about reptiles. They had a few venomous, and it looked pretty interesting, but I only walked by briefly, so couldn't tell you more than it was there.


What was interesting is that there were a lot of people completely ignorant about reptiles that stopped by. A frequent question at the show was "Are your snakes poisonous?"

I of course had to correct them.

"Nothing at this show that is for sale would be venomous. Venomous reptiles are illegal in California.. Venomous is the proper term. Poisonous is something you eat that can harm you, while venomous is something that injects venom into you."

A Bunch of People in front of my booth
Another question was "That Albino one gets huge, doesn't it?"

"...No, Ball Pythons max out at 6 feet long. You must be thinking of a different species, like Burmese Pythons or Reticulated Pythons."

One of the "Zoo" setups with things to see
Yeah. It was a lot of talking kind of weekend. It was fun, with lots of excited kids, lots of people wanting to touch the snakes, and a lot of cute kids in costume too.

I LOVED THIS LITTLE GIRL.

What an Angry Little Bird!
It was a great time, and I got to meet a bunch of new people and reconnect with a bunch of new friends. It was worth the trip, and I have to say, I am glad we did it. It was fun to be at a show for my birthday, and although it was "work", I would do it again in a heart beat.

So there you go, my friends.

Have a great day!

4 comments:

Jackie said...

Do you bring adults to shows? I think we're going to have to all start packing along big females to show what a maxed-out big ball python looks like. People just don't get the difference between balls and burms.

Phoenix Herp Soc. has awesome stuff. They bring a full-grown sulcata, nile monitor and a "friendly" adult croc to the Arizona shows.

Heather Wong said...

Jackie,

I do, and I put them in the tower. Most people have no idea the difference between a Burm and a Ball... It's interesting how surprised some people are in the size difference between the ones they see on TV and the BPs. "The Yellow Ones are supposed to be HUGE!"

Anonymous said...

u going to be vending at pasadena?

Heather Wong said...

LOL, my friend Anonymous, No, I am not. I don't have the energy to do two shows in two weeks.

I will be there one of the days to check it out, however.