Exotic Animal Expo – Weekend In The City

Exotic Animal Expo – Weekend In The City

This is probably one of my favourite posts to publish on this blog, ever. I briefly mentioned an event I went to last Sunday in yesterday’s post. Here’s what I did that day! If you live in a city and often get bored on days off, this can hopefully give you some ideas – you may be able to find animal expos in your town too! These events often get no advertising, so you might have to make a conscious decision to learn about them. But when you do, there’s plenty to choose from! Even in my not-so-big city there are cat, dog, reptile expos every few weeks. An amazing way to spend a few hours on a weekend day!

I don’t share much personal info on this blog (there are more interesting topics to write about than myself!), so I never really had a chance to mention how I love reptiles and other exotic pets. I don’t own any myself (yet – I hope to move abroad in a few months and I wouldn’t want to put any animals through the stress of long, long transit). So, having to wait until I can finally get my own bunch of reptiles, I spend hours watching  exotic pets’ care videos on YouTube.

Last year, I discovered that if enough effort is put into searching for interesting events in my area, it’s actually possible to find some! The first of these niche events I went to was a carnivore plants expo – it was amazing, with hundreds, or even thousands of the most curious bloodthirsty plants in one place! But last weekend, last weekend was even more special. I found out about this exotic animal expo and I instantly made it the main event of the month. Here’s what they had!

Lizards. Hundreds of them, dozens of different species. The first table I saw after entering the venue had this cute little dragon patiently sitting on his piece of wood, basking under a heat lamp. How he was so calm, I’ve no idea. There were hundreds of people all around him!

Exotic animal expo in Poland - containers with bearded dragons

There were dozens of chameleons, in all different morphs and sizes.

Exotic animal expo - containers with baby chameleons

Leopard geckos, one of my favourite lizards. So cute with their leopard flecks and vibrant colours!

Exotic animal expo - containers with leopard geckos

Yes, there were endless amounts of them!

Exotic animal expo - a full table of leopard geckos in containers

More lizards. Shame on me, I don’t know the species!

Exotic animal expo - lizard with a long tail

Alright, now here’s the main point. The main reason why I went to this event, if I’m honest. My absolute favourite lizards, which will definitely be my first purchase once I’m settled abroad. Crested geckos! The cutest, the most adorable little guys. And there were so many of them, ahh!

Exotic animal expo - crested geckos in plastic boxes

Oh hi there! This one was really curious to find out what all those people around him were on about.

Exotic animal expo - a baby crested gecko

Here’s a close-up of my favourite gecko species. Cuteness overload! They may look like they’re rough, but in reality their skin is the smoothest, the softest thing you can imagine. And look at these little paws!

Exotic animal expo - crested gecko baby on a hand

Here’s my photo of the year, possibly. It’s only the end of January, but it will be really hard to beat! After over a year of being deep in love with these geckos, I finally, for the very first time, got to handle one. My goodness, it made my day, my week, my month. No exaggeration! I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled. And I’m even deeper in love with crested geckos now. Ahhh! The happiest moment of recent months, no doubts. πŸ˜€

Exotic animal expo - me holding a crested gecko

Alright, a breathe Alphe, breathe (I still can’t get over that one happy moment – even now, over a day later). Let’s move on to other reptiles – snakes. This cutie was truly interested in the lid, possibly examining it in hopes to find a way out. Or perhaps, hoping that there’s a Harry Potter somewhere in the crowd, able to make the lid disappear?

Exotic animal expo - a snake in a plastic bin

More snakes. I definitely saw a ton of royal pythons, corn snakes and milk snakes, but there were numerous other species too (I wish I could name them all, I’m not a snake expert yet).

Exotic animal expo - a table full of snakes in containers

Corn snakes – black and orange morphs (well, the colours have proper names but again –  I’m not that much of a snake expert. Yet).

Exotic animal expo - containers with corn snakes

Anyone hungry? Lizards need to eat too. And not all of them eat lettuce. In fact, most of them prefer some yummy protein over salads. πŸ™‚

Exotic animal expo - boxes full of cockroaches


Exotic animal expo- a huge box full of dubia roaches

Besides snakes and lizards, there were also millipedes (harmless and nice) and scolopendras (also known as centipedes – aggressive and venomous)…

Exotic animal expo - crested geckos and millipedes


Exotic animal expo - a scorpion in a box


Exotic animal expo - a box full of frogs

…giant snails (busy with their cucumbers, not bothered by the crowd surrounding them).

Exotic animal expo - giant African snails

More lizards, a few boxes full of tiny baby turtles, and tarantulas.

Exotic animal expo - containers with crested geckos

A giant jungle nymph, I believe? It was massive – you can see the bottom of big plastic bottles in the background, for comparison!

Exotic animal expo - a yellow giant jungle nymph

There were also full kingdoms for sale. Ant kingdoms. For those of you who don’t know, ants are a huge thing nowadays, there are plenty of companies specialising in selling ant colonies and enclosures for them.

Exotic animal expo - ant colonies, ant enclosures

Last but not least, a bunch of sweet fuzzy rodents, to add some contrast to the post (and the expo). NOT feeder rodents. Just some sweet little mice/hamsters/guinea pigs/rabbits to keep as pets.

Exotic animal expo - containers with hamsters

And that’s it! Naturally, I didn’t manage to photograph every single animal – there were literally thousands of them. But I tried my best to capture most species!

So if you feel like there’s nothing to do in your city, try and scan local news websites in search for expos like this. Not everyone’s a fan of reptiles, but there are expos of all different kinds – with cats, dogs, plants, robots and AI and many more. Of course, a lot depends on where you live – huge cities might host such events every weekend, smaller ones may only have one or two a year. But regardless, simply try and search for such niche events in your area. It’s a great way to break the routine of city life. πŸ™‚

P.S. Don’t be concerned with the size of the boxes the animals were in. They all had enough space and – in most cases – they were only put in these enclosures temporarily, for the day. The animals looked perfectly fine and healthy and the breeders all seemed professional!

A giraffe in its green enclosure and blue sky in the background
Zoo trip – Chorzow
Lighthouse in Margate
Afternoon in Margate
Kew Gardens - tall palm trees
Kew Gardens in the rain

21 thoughts on “Exotic Animal Expo – Weekend In The City

  1. Amazing little critters, Alphe. I kept snakes years ago, some kind of Boa Constrictor and another snake, can’t recall what it was but it bit my buddy on the finger! I would enjoy that display too.

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    1. Oh did you? Amazing! I’ll probably end up building a mini zoo at home at some point in the future, including snakes, of course πŸ˜€


  2. They look so cute. My son love reptiles and we had bearded dragon, he, actually it was a she was so sweet. Unfortunately she passed away after some years. My son has moved out now but has a blue tongued skink. Not my kind of animal, I would prefer your Gecko he really looks sweet.

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    1. Oh amazing! Bearded dragons are super intelligent (at least that’s what I heard, would you confirm?) and I’d love to have one in the future. Blue tongue skinks look a bit like snakes with tiny legs (am I the only one seeing that?) πŸ˜€ Not my cup of tea in terms of looks (I like my sweet geckos or dragon-like lizards), but I know blue tongue skins are known for sweet personalities, a lot of people actually call them dog lizards (and they can eat dog food!) πŸ˜€

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      1. That is exactly what I said, when I saw the skink first, I said to my son – a snake with legs…. I don’t really touch him, but I had no problems with Lizzy, our dragon. she was so sweet, loved walking around in the frontroom…. We fed her crickets, that was fun too.
        This was our Lizzy, I know you would have loved her too. https://www.viewbug.com/photo/19068221
        She was very sociable and I would say clever.

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      1. No. In fact to my knowledge we dont have any poisonous snakes in this area. They just freak me out. I think it’s their eyes. I think Im more of a warm blooded furry critter lover.

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        1. Ah well, it’s a common fear so I’m not surprised πŸ™‚ I live in an area where we don’t really have any snakes at all, venomous or not. I think I’ve only seen a live snake in the wild twice. I only ever experienced them in a controlled environment and even handled some as a child at various events, so luckily I grew up fear-free, as far as snakes go ^^

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          1. I don’t think I could survive in a poisonous critter area. Although our mosquitoes can be the size of birds in the summer. Or at least it feels that way. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I watch a ton of pet YouTubers! Maybe not Taylor as I got bored with her videos, but I think she was one of the first pet YouTubers I came across. Currently, I mainly watch a bit smaller channels, such as LeopardGecko (about, would you believe, geckos), and Exotics Lair and The Dark Den for spiders (I have no idea why I started watching them in the first place, being an arachnophobe all my life, but I think after a year or so of watching them my fear isn’t as bad anymore?!).

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