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Monday, June 10, 2013

Reptile Rally to Make Snakes, Alligators Seem Not So Abhorrent After All

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM

click to enlarge Why would you want a kitten? Just look at that face.
  • Why would you want a kitten? Just look at that face.

Since it's rattlesnake season and all, we'd thought we'd try to put a positive spin on reptiles, especially those who are looking for someone to love, not to eat.

This coming Saturday, Petco is hosting a reptile fete of sorts throughout San Francisco where you can learn all about why these cold-blooded critters make great pets -- and maybe, if you're warm-blooded enough, you'll decide to take one home with you.

You wouldn't be the only one shacking up with a snake or turtle -- according to the Pet Product Association, there are some 13 million reptile owners across the United States -- and at least two of them live right here in the Bay Area.

In any event, the reptile rally begins at 12 p.m. where guests can chill with seemingly not-so-chill animals like the bearded dragon and a snake. If you already know how awesome reptiles are, then bring your leathery-skin pet in to the store and enter them into the Raddest Reptile Contest. Also, if you're having trouble deciding between the python and a turtle, Petco staff will host a reptile matchmaking game to help you get to know the animals before taking one home.

On that note, here's some interesting facts:

• Tortoises are one of the oldest creatures on Earth and they have very long lifespans. Russian tortoises can live up to 50 years with proper care.

• Ball pythons, once comfortable with their pet parents, are known to gently curl themselves up around their pet parent's arm when happy. They are extremely gentle, docile and graceful animals.

• Bearded dragons get their name from its scaly throat, or "beard," that it will puff out if feeling threatened.

• Bearded dragons are relatively new to America. They were first introduced to the country from Australia in 1990.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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