Repticon Hopes To Dispel Myths About Cold Blooded Companions

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Updated: 3/31 1:34 am
         Some folks prefer the companionship of a dog or a cat, but for the convention goers at Repticon, they prefer to heed the call of some cold blooded companions.
         "A HERP enthusiast is anyone with an interest in a reptile, an amphibian, snakes, lizards, newts, salamanders, frogs. We include arachnids, spiders," said Mike Reed, founder of the HERP Enthusiasts group of Tennessee.
         And this event was for people looking for something a little different.
         "(Dwarf Caiman) It's in the crocodile family. It's about the same as an alligator but from a different location. He'll only get about 5-6 foot long"
         Looking for something a little bigger? Here's "Princess"
         "Princess is an 11 year old, two hundred pound Tiger Reticulated Python. She's over 20 feet. She's the largest snake in captivity in the United States. She just made the world record for that. She eats about every six to 8 weeks and she eats a large meal every time. The last one, that big lump right there is two 30 pound geese. It takes her 4-6 weeks to digest that," said Princess' owner Patrick Robinson.
         "Her jaw can retract four times to its original size that you see there, so as long as she can get the head of the animal past that jaw, she can get the rest of it. So she's capable of taking down a small cow or something like that out in the wild."
         Despite their fearsome appearance and dubious reputation, these owners say they are about the best pets you can own.
         Somebody that has allergies, there's no fur, there's no chance of rabies. Somebody with less time to spend with an animal they require less attention than a dog or a cat"
         But these convention goers hope to at least dispel the many myths about their scaly sidekicks.
         "These aren't the monsters that are often shown to be. They are actually very gentle animals. We just want people to understand what they are, how to take care of them," said Reed.
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Mike Reed - 4/1/2014 11:49 AM
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Thank you for doing a positive piece about reptiles. To often media is quick to jump on the sensational and overlook the truth. I'm glad I was a part of this story. Mike Reed
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