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Goodness snakes alive: Expo brings strange pets to Lima

LIMA — Snakes generally get a negative rap. Probably it goes all the way back again to the biblical tale of Adam and Eve in the Backyard garden of Eden.

Boosting snakes is a pastime that’s not for all people, in particular those people who are a little bit squeamish.

At the Lima Howard Johnson’s on Sunday, 1 of their meeting rooms was filled with snakes and lizards and other exotic pets for the BRM Exotic Expo.

The BRM Unique Expo is operate by Angel Johnson and Richard Stevenson, who personal a pet retail outlet in North Baltimore.

They have an expo in Fremont each thirty day period and resolved to appear to Lima to see how items go.

“I’ve been doing work with reptiles for more than 20 a long time and then took it as a small business about seven several years in the past and then beginning accomplishing the expos about four decades ago,” Johnson stated.

Stevenson says element of what they do is teach the public.

“There’s a great deal of misconceptions about reptiles owing to animal rights activists, and that generally presents them a lousy name. Reptiles have two factors on their thoughts — they want to consume and drink and reproduce. Which is all they want to do. They are peaceful, they don’t bark. They really don’t put fur all more than the spot. It’s quick to feed them and uncomplicated to treatment for,” Stevenson stated.

Larry Fortune, who owns Creek Water Reptiles and Rodents out of Wakeman, experienced a table set up at the expo.

“My stepdaughter bought a female snake, and I figured if I was likely to have a female, I may possibly as properly breed her, and it just dominoed from there. I begun receiving a couple ball pythons and then began acquiring to feed them, and everything’s just expanded considering that then,” Fortune mentioned.

His booth attracted very the crowd when he brought out his 9-foot-long Platinum Motley Tiger Reticulated Python.

“It’s absolutely a speaking piece,” Fortune stated.

Samantha Vermule, from Fort Jennings, also established up a table to offer some of her pythons.

“I grew up around exotics. I grew up on a farm with deer and aiding out close friends that had snakes — particularly ball pythons and Burmese pythons, and they experienced a touring petting zoo. As I acquired older, I resolved I wished a snake and obtained a standard ball python, and then as I learned extra about the genes, I acquired extra into determine out what I could make out of different genes,” Vermule claimed.

Her collection has developed to close to 20 or so with distinctive variations and colorings.

The upcoming BRM Exotics Expo exhibit is on Aug. 15 at the Howard Johnson in Lima. One more one particular is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Organizers of the BRM Exotic Expo, Richard Stevenson and Angel Johnson have no panic of this Banana Lemon Blast Ball python.

A crimson-eyed tree frog was one of the many exotic animals for sale Sunday at the BRM Unique Expo in Lima.

This ocellated uromastyx, in any other case known as the Spiny Tailed Lizard, was notify and ready to go residence with an individual Sunday at the BRM Exotic Expo in Lima.

Larry Fortune, a vendor at Sunday’s BRM Exotic Expo, obtained comfortable with his Platinum Motley Tiger Reticulated Python.

Achieve Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.