SARASOTA - Snakes, spiders, lizards and more were on display at Repticon, Sarasota’s Reptile an Exotic Animal Show. This family friendly event, not for the faint of heart, gives you an opportunity to not only learn about these exotic animals, but also purchase pets, supplies, and merchandise from many local vendors. Show manager Mike Dean says there is a big interest in exotic animals.

“It’s a fun atmosphere. Like I said, people like these guys as pets, they’re friendly and low maintenance. But our biggest thing, like I said, is we try to do educate people on how to take care of them. They’re not scary, creepy, they can be really great for kids," says Dean.

He says the event has been running for 16 years now and attendance continues to grow.

Visit Repticon for more information.