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.
I have attended Reptile shows all around the world from the one-day event held in a motel ballroom in Ft Lauderdale to the three-day show held in a multi-million dollar convention center in Japan. I can tell you that nothing compares to the anticipation and excitement that is generated by our very own National Reptile Breeders Expo which is held every August in Daytona Beach, Florida. According to the show’s aging website, the Daytona reptile show is touted as the largest reptile meeting in the world and although this may not be a fact, the buildup to the show and the buzz heard all through the reptile industry in the week leading up to the show cannot be argued with.
The NRBE has been run expertly and efficiently by the show’s promoter Wayne Hill for the last 26 years and whether you like him or hate him it is hard to deny that the show has been a major part of this industry for the last quarter of a century. It saw its heyday before the Internet took over and buying reptiles became as easy as opening the browser on your smartphone or tablet. The Daytona reptile show has been the main show of the reptile breeding season and as smaller shows came and went this one has kept moving ahead bringing reptile buyers and breeders together from across the globe.
National Reptile Breeders Expo
My experience with the show has been as rocky as most other vendors. I have gone from having a few animals on the side of someone else’s table to having as many as six tables covered with hundreds of animals. I have had my best show and my worst show of all time at the same exact venue. I have attended the last twenty five shows and have been a vendor at the last twenty three and can honestly say that for most of us the calendar year starts and ends in August with this two day reptile show.
It has been a long many years since I used to save a bit of money daily to be able to buy one snake at the National Reptile Breeders Expo show but that mentality has not changed. Most people I talk to this week are buzzing about the animals they have produced or been able to buy from other breeders to bring and sell this weekend. People are talking about the albino turtles they are hoping to sell to the Chinese market and the rare colubrid or uromastyx clutch they are hoping to find the perfect buyer for. Others are excited about bringing lots of cash to get great deals for their websites or pet stores on Sunday afternoon. What they all have in common is the joy and fever of the herping experience and I hope to see you all there this weekend to share that feeling.