On a scale from one to 10, this reptile show in Tucson is top | Attendees

With more than 100 vendors and exhibitors from across the country and roughly 1,000 species of reptiles and amphibians occupying 60,000 square feet at the Tucson Expo Center on East Irvington Road, you will hardly find another show this sprawling in the state, said to be Director and Founder Mark Wolfson.

The show, which drew 8,000-10,000 people a year prior to COVID-19, is said to be a blast for reptile fans but also exciting and interesting for non-reptiles, Wolson said.



The petting zoo has become a major attraction at the annual Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale.


Courtesy Mark Wolfson

For the uninitiated, the highlights include:

Vendors sell every product imaginable to help get your reptile family off the ground, including the right food, enclosures, and even the reptiles and amphibians themselves.

“I have several vendors who mostly sell poison dart frogs,” said Wolfson. “They’re some of the coolest animals in the world, just ridiculously bright colors.”

The show also has reptile-related products such as jewelry and works of art that pay homage to the snakes and lizards of the world.

Two petting zoos. One is dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, including alligators and giant tortoises. The other takes off his hat to a variety of mammals, courtesy of the Funny Foot Petting Zoo on West Wetmore Road.

Educational exhibits including one of the Phoenix Herpetological Society with exotic venomous snakes from around the world.

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