HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Show returns to Lake Charles

Published: May. 25, 2023 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: 5 hours ago
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The Exotic Reptile and Pet Show is coming back to Lake Charles beginning June 3 at the Civic Center.

Vendors and breeders from all over the United States will be there to sell some of the most exotic animals on the planet and also to educate and meet with everyone who attends.

Shawn Gray is the owner of the Herps Exotic Reptile and Pet Show and grew up with a fascination for reptiles. He started HERPS in 2015, traveling all across the United States so vendors from all over display and introduce people to a selection of reptiles, amphibians, inverts, feeders, and supplies.

Gray said that this is a very family-friendly event and that you may even be surprised by how many reptiles you see,

“A lot of people are surprised by the diversity of what we have there,” said Gray. “It’s actually fulfilling to me. We do about 27 to 28 shows a year between Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.”

Gray says the most important part of traveling and hosting HERPS is educating people. They take a lot of pride in their knowledge about all the various species as well as the quality of their vendors.

Stacy Moss is one of those local vendors who will be participating in the show and says reptiles are great pets for those who have common pet allergies.

“I am actually allergic to cats and dogs with the pet dander and all of the fur so it opened me up to knowing how awesome it is that I can hold a pet and interact with it,” said Moss.

She says there are also plenty of people who come out and are genuinely surprised by just how many varieties of animals are out there.

“So many times people have either never heard of these animals or never seen them before much less touch them or hold them,” said Moss.

Animals and supplies will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, the show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, the show will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are on sale for $10 for a day pass for adults, or $15 for both days. Kids ages 5-12 can get day passes for $5, or $8 for both days. Kids 4 and under are free.

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