Serpents For The Takin'

I was set to rip on people who might want to attend this weekend's North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show at the Arlington Convention Center. Seriously, who wants a rattlesnake or lizard for a pet? People with intimacy issues? Or how about this slogan: "You've made a fortune with that meth lab. Now it's time to step up to an exotic pet"? But then I remembered I own a cat, a sweet creature that, should I drop dead on my living room floor and lie unfound for 48 hours, would eat my face. While purring. Probably before its food bowl was empty. So, who am I to judge? If all things scaly are your bag, check out this show, featuring 100 dealers offering more than 10,000 pet-friendly and unusual cold-blooded, captive-bred companions. A weekend pass to the show is $15 for adults. The convention center is located at 1200 Ballpark Way; show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit or for more info.
Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2008
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Patrick Williams is editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.
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