Posts Tagged ‘Daytona’

The Rumbling

Friday, August 21st, 2009

They are on their way, in airports, on highways.  They are packing creatures in deli cups and cake tubs, gassing up minivans and renting U-Hauls.  It is Daytona Weekend in the reptile world, the National Reptile Breeders’ Expo, advertised as the world’s largest reptile and amphibian meeting. 

I’ve attended Daytona many times and this year I’m sorry things are too busy for me to get down.  I usually drove and I am already missing the event, the amphibian feel of the air as I slipped out of North Carolina into the first truly reptilian East Coast state, South Carolina.  Then on to Georgia and into Florida. 

Reptile people know:  there is no feeling in the world like crossing the membrane that separates Florida from the rest of the country.  It’s the feeling children get knowing they’re almost to Disneyworld.  It’s that feeling, on steroids.

National Reptile Breeders’ Expo 2008

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Originally uploaded by B Christy

 

I shot a tiny bit of video at the 2008 National Reptile Breeders’s Expo last weekend. Friday was set up and it was raining, which made it a great moment for a tub of albino bullfrogs. Their tub blew off a loading truck and the frogs hopped among busy human legs as others scrambled to catch the little golden creatures. Here’s the opening.

Day 1, DAYTONA! National Reptile Breeders’ Expo

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Well Hurricane Fay has not dampened the big show.  The Ocean Center is filled to the brim here in Daytona Beach for the National Reptile Breeders’ Expo.  Roxanne Johnson of Borders-Waldenbooks is manning a table dedicated to THE LIZARD KING.  Roxanne is phenomenal!  She’s new to the herp world, but she comes with key creds: she has a young son who loves turtles, and she rescued an alligator snapping turtle they named Petey.  We’re looking at bearded dragons for her between book sales. 

The response on set up day was phenomenal.  Many have heard about the book, and we’re having some real fun getting all the major players to autograph a copy for the benefit auction Saturday night to improve conservation of the gharial, a rare Indian crocodilian.  Playboy donated a complete centerfold collection for the auction.  There is great enthusiasm over that book, too, and I got to hand it personally to legend Rom Whitaker world-renowned for his work for reptiles in India.  It was a great thrill.

Speaking of Playboy–news there deserves its own Post.  Tomorrow will be a busy day (I hope!).  We’re table #730