With the closing of another National Reptile Breeders Expo comes the slew of age-old questions that include “Will there be another reptile show in Daytona?” “What is happening to the reptile market?” and the good old “Did anyone make any money at the show?” All I can say is I was there with 5 tables and a bigger selection than ever and my overall view on the show was a positive one.
The 2015 reptile show was once again held in the Daytona Beach Ocean Center and like every other year it was over in the blink of an eye. We arrived at the show fashionably late on Friday and barely had time to jump through the Florida Fish and Wildlife hoops and regulatory hurdles before we even made it in through the door. Luckily our trained crew of over 15 years and 100s of shows managed to get everything set up and executed before we were booted out at 5 pm.
Saturday brought a flurry of activity including an early morning un-bagging and pricing and before we had a chance to catch our breath the doors were open and the tide rolled in. It was a great Saturday crowd and people were eager to look and ask questions and a few brave souls even whipped out their wallets and bought some snakes. In anticipation of the new surge of interest in all things non ball python we brought a nice variety of animals including monitor lizards, boas, turtles and tortoises.
The 2015 National Reptile Breeders Expo
Throughout the two-day National Reptile Breeders Expo most people were shopping for deals but had the common sense to know when a great deal was at hand and we made a few sales. The best part of the show as always has been seeing old friends after months and years and it was great catching up and discussing the trade and market values. What I walked away with is an understanding that people who are looking to buy reptiles will spend the time to search out the perfect deal for the perfect animal. After all, if you are going to have a pet reptile that may live 15-80 or more years, you should pick out the best one money can buy.
It’s apparent that the reptile market is strong and diversified and that people are spending hundreds of dollars on the right animal. Also it is good to know that the NRBE will be held again next year in the third weekend of August and we would love to see you all out there. In the meantime we have brought back quite a few select animals to offer you at xyzReptiles and we are always looking for more quality captive bred animals so don’t hesitate to drop us a line on our we buy reptiles contact form.