During Repticon, big rats were sold frozen in packs of five for $26. For those who wanted to buy in bulk, tiny and hairless rat pinkies retailed in bags of 100 for $75.
People at the reptile show were passionate about their pets. "If you went a week without watering a pet hamster, you have a dead hamster," said Steve Beamer, 38, who runs a snake business out of Nashville, Tenn.
"Our hardest sales are with the mothers," Beamer told Orlando Sentinel. We'll spend much more time [with a mother] on a $40 sale than a $1,500 sale."
One of the most popular reptiles at the show was "Khan," one of only 11 captive-bred, black dragons in the United States.
Another fan favorite were the "morphed" ball pythons, snakes that are produced by cross-breeding two different ball pythons to create a uniquely colored snake. At Repticon Orlando, there were pythons called creamsicle, butter, butter cinnamon and Honduran milk.
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