What kind of animals would you like to see at the Steel City Reptile Expo?

Only 11 days until the next Steel City Reptile Expo and we need your feedback.

What kind of animals would you like to see at the Expo?

What would you like to see more of?

What would you like to see less of?

Your feedback and comments will help us (and you) in 2 ways:

1.) It will help us when choosing our vendors.

2.) It will let our vendors know what animals to bring with them to the Expo.

Please leave a comment below and let us know how we can serve you better.


  1. Shannon says:

    I would like to find some land turtles. I have never been to any kind of reptile expo before but me and my family have been looking for turtles and all we can find is aquatic turtles so it would be great if there is a large variety of land turtles/tortises at this expo for a cheap price. That is what we are hoping to find some cheap land turtles.

    • laura says:

      my friend and I are looking for sand dwarf geckos female and male we have had pet stores look for us but no luck

    • BILL MORGANO says:

      we would love to see aquatic reptiles,turtles frogs and possibly salamanders. always looking for the unuasual but looking to save money.our whole family is coming a future keepers and possibly breeders.
      thank you bill and family

  2. Ryan Bing says:

    I would like to see Boa constrictors, ball pythons, Kenyan sand boas, and venomous reptiles.

    I have yet to attend a show yet, so I can’t really say what I want to see less.

  3. Ron Porreca says:

    I would like to see more turtles (hatchlings and adult; land and aquatic) and turtle supplies. My seven year old son and I attended the last expo and had a great time. There really isn’t anything that we would like to see less of. In fact another more we would like to see is more room for more vendors!

  4. CJ says:

    I would like to see Angolan Pythons, Coral Albino and other albino (boa) morphs and less Ball Pythons. Sorry but everyone is on the Ball morph bandwagon and it’s getting old now.

    Thank you! ;)

  5. jason says:

    i would like to see frilled lizards, tree boa’s and maybe a alligator snapping turtle. i would also like to see custom tanks and enclosurs for sale. also in the past i have had a hard time buying live feeder mice due to other venders buying them up in bulk for their own animales. it would be nice to give the customers a chance to buy the feeders and once the expo is over then give the venders a shot at the feeders

  6. Troy says:

    I have been to every Steel City show (save one) since the show began, and have regularly attended the All Ohio Shows and the Hamburg, PA shows. I have seen the Steel City show evolve over time. You guys are doing an excellent job; however, there is always room for improvement.

    What would I like to see more of?
    Hmm. Well, above all else a greater selection of species, particularly uncommon species. Chelonians in particular, it would be great to pick up a Fly River turtle without having to take a gamble on shipping or driving 800 miles. An alligator snapping turtle or two would be great too. The amphibian diversity is fantastic for a show of this size, encourage these guys to keep coming! Lizard diversity has been lacking of late as well. Try to get some varanid guys in particular. I think the BP raffle is an awesome idea, but I have some suggestions to improve it–have more than one prize, with a high end specimen being the grand prize if you will. Stuff like gift certificates to the next show, free supplies, books, animal+setup etc etc.

    What would I like to see less of?
    In short, the immensely common species–leos, beardies, balls, BCI. You guys do a better job than most at keeping your show from being overrun by the common stuff, and I think that is better for the show and the vendors (less competition, more variety). Just keep on keeping that number down. I also would like to see you guys do a better job at quality control. I have seen a growing number of sickly, generally unhealthy specimens over the last few shows. They are the minority, don’t get me wrong (like 10% or less of the total livestock); but still, people notice; and those vendors should be made to shape up or not come back.

    All in all this is an excellent show, you guys are doing a great job at growing it and I hope you guys usurp the Hamburg show (then the Daytona show :) )

  7. keith taylor says:

    I would like to see more variety. There are a lot of vendors but most carry the same breeds. More lizards, turtle, tortises and some other out of the ordinary stuff would be a great addition. Informational or demonstration booths could also be a big help for those new to the reptile scene.

  8. Lisa says:

    I would like to see more leopard geckos. Of all different kinds for my husband who is a huge fan of them. I’m planning on going with him to the Expo and this will be my first time at a reptile show and I just want him to find everything he likes so our first together is exciting. Thanks Lisa Johnson

  9. Justin says:

    More of.
    Different types of lizards, amphibians, inverts, anything different and exotic that you can find in retail pet stores. Feeders and other supplies and accessories are nice also, would love to see caging/tanks.

    Less of.
    Snakes, seems 90% of show is snakes. Bearded dragons and leopard geckos, they are common and can be found anywhere.

  10. Richard Bitar says:

    I would like to see more corn snakes, kingsnakes, pine, and gopher snakes at the show. Also, I think you need to have more land turtles (tortoises, box turtles). I like your selection of reptile supplies and especially the frozen rodents. Tegu and monitor lizards, including the spiney tailed monitor would be interesting to see at the show. I would also like to find some of those black plastic hide boxes for snakes such as those manufactured by Reptile Basics or Neodesha. I have purchased these online, but seldom see them at the shows.

    I can’t think of anything I would like to see less of.

  11. Shawn says:

    This my family’s first time coming to anything like this. I’m looking for snakes but will look at all animals.

  12. Christina Chikuni says:

    I’d like to see more leopard gecko venders, especially the mid range morphs. And while leopard geckos, bearded dragons, and snakes are already the most common animals at the show, that is what many newcomers come to see. I have invited many people who would have bought their reptiles at local pet stores to come to the steel city show to get better quality animals at comparable prices.

    I would also like to see a wider variety of feeders, especially insects.

  13. Stacy says:

    I would like to see more Chameleons, land turtles, and lizards. ( other than Gecko’s and Anole’s.)
    I would love to see more frogs and amphibians. I would like to see the vendors who do bring these species; bring animals for sale. Hatchlings, juvies, and adults. A selection for everyone. The less experianced person looking to own may want to start with an adult who is thriving on their own. A hatchling may be too much work for a starter.

    I would like to see less of the ball python. 80% of the show seems to be snakes. Some people who find herpatology interesting and exciting may not care for the snakes as much as they do the other reptiles. They are more to reptile shows than snakes. I would like to see the door prizes become more an option for the winner as to what type of reptile they would like to own. Personally I would not want to win a snake. I would rather win a Chemeleon or a Uromastyx. I’d like to choose the pet I win. If I win I don’t want to sell my prize. I want a new baby…don’t we all?? Its one of the reasons most of us attend. We would love to have a new baby of our favorite reptile.

    I’ll be bringing my son who is 9. He is promised for good grades and showing responsability this school year he can have a turtle. I want him to have a wide variety of species for selection. Most of the time he see’s Red Eared Sliders at the local pet store. He does not realize the variety out there. I want him to get what he really wants. Who know’s, he could have this guy for the next 20-30 years if he does what he needs to do.

    Hopefully the November show you will have a variety of vendors with a wide selection of turtles.
    I’d like to make it a big Christmas suprise.

    Can’t wait to see you all at the show next week.
    Stacy and Ryan

  14. Kristen says:

    I would like to see more of a variety if lizards, tortoises, turtles, and inverts. It seems like it’s mostly just snakes. While snakes are great too, I would be so much more excited to see exotic reptiles that are more difficult to fine than anything you can find in pet stores. I would also like to see more amphibians. But definitely the lizard species..they are my favorite. I would appreciate more of a variety of them.

    I would like to see less of the common types of snakes, like ball pythons, king snakes, corn snakes, regular boas. Tree boas would be a nice sight! There’s just too many snakes, and they all look similar after a while. Need more of a diversity of snakes.

    Great shows however! Looking forward to the next.

  15. Becky says:

    I always come to the expos and usually stick with the same vendors since they’ve been reliable over the years (particularly Sam). I already have a boa lined up with someone, but I will also be looking for a leucistic TX rat and the youngest normal Burm (preferably male) I can find.

    Over the years, I’ve also been looking for a croc skink. Actually, I’m drawn to just about any kind of skink. Blueys are my favorite lizards. You can never have too many blueys at a show, in my opinion. :)

    Thanks for doing this show, Paul and Ben!

  16. jefferson says:

    I would like to see some more gargoyle geckos because me and my family are going to buy one but we don’t want one from a pet store we want a more colorful morph. I would like to see less feeder rodents because my little brother realy likes them and he whants to come… but I understand if you don’t whant to sacrifise sales :)

  17. Tammi says:

    I am a first time visitor. I am excited to see what is there. I am hoping to see orange female breaded dragons and tranchula’s. I own a orange male breaded dragon, a scorpion, and a ball python. Among other furry pets. I am so excited to see everything. I live in Beaver County so it will be a bit of a ride with the kids. I love all reptiles!! I guess next visit I will be able to give you more input.
    Thanks for putting this together.

  18. B. Pawson says:

    I would like to see more feeder insects especially non live ones. I agree with the one comment made. Venders snap up all the live feeder insects (crickets) and that leaves none for the attendees. There needs to either be more venders supplying feeders or not allow the venders to snap them up till after the show. My beirdies will eat the dehidrated insects and other canned food but there is a VERY small supply of these items at your expos.

    • Paul Wyble says:

      I am talking to our feeder vendors to see if they cant stock up on more feeders for the show. I want to make sure everyone finds exactly what they need at the show. I will keep you guys updated.

  19. Jeff says:

    Show is great! Would like to see more Hard to find species like red tailed rats or tiawan beauties. Maybe some Asian Vine snakes

  20. Christine says:

    I’ve been to the Steel City show 3 times, and have noticed the increasing improvements you guys are making, and I really appreciate it!! My husband and I go to stock up on crickets, mealworms, and feeder mice. I’d really love to see more selection in the reptile chow vendors and more tanks and terrariums, since that’s all we buy there.
    We always browse for a new addition who we just can’t pass up, but we haven’t found it yet. Considering a tree boa or chameleon, and I’d like to see more chameleons and different lizards.
    Thanks for everything you guys do! Keep up the awesome work!

    • Paul Wyble says:

      @ Christine. Thank you for the compliments and we will take your suggestions and see if we cant get another feeder vendor to attend. See you at the show.

  21. Rachel says:

    Hello! The July Expo was my first time, where I picked up a California Kingsnake. I could always see more Kingsnakes, but the show did have plenty of them already from a non-being-my-favorite perspective. From an it-is-my-favorite perspective, once I can afford another tank I’m going to be looking for a Lavender Albino Cali King. I only saw a handful there, so I’d love some more choices. I think another vendor of supplies or two wouldn’t hurt. There also wasn’t a huge selection of small amphibians/aquatics. Loved the Axolotls, though.

    The only thing I think there was a particular overabundance of was the Pythons. I suppose every year is going to have a fad, though, haha.

  22. BTENNANT says:

    First time attending the Steel City Reptile Expo but..

    What kind of animals would you like to see at the Expo?

    Ball Pythons (I’m the driver of the bandwagon) and its a huge bandwagon don’t limit this, never get sick of seeing nice BP morphs. Good bearded dragon and leopard gecko morphs.

    What would you like to see more of?

    I wanna see a good bit of feeder vendors… rodents and insects. Every expo always seems to run out of feeders, a lot of people are looking for good deals on this especially crickets 14 cents a piece at local pets stores is horrible.

    What would you like to see less of?

    I really don’t wanna see less of anything, even if I’m not interested in a specific type of reptile I still like to look around and learn about them.

    • Paul Wyble says:

      @ Btennant Were glad you are attending for the first time. Im sure it wont be your last expo. These expos are a great place to see and interact with animals that most of us would never have the chance to have an encounter with. We are currently working on making sure that there is enough feeders at the show so everyone gets exactly what they need to feed their collections.

  23. Tia says:

    I would like to see tarantula vendors at you show. I know for a fact that the same type of people that have collect reptiles also have a love for arachnids! Me being one of them! Its hard to find any breed of spider besides the Gramastola rosea (rose hair) and (Avicularia avicularia) pink toe at the pet stores. Most all other species need to be ordered on line and shipped.

    • Paul Wyble says:

      @ Tia Just wanted to let you know I am working on getting a vendor who specializes in arachnids. I will keep you updated on my progress.

  24. Mike says:

    I haven’t been to a reptile expo yet but i really hope to see some crazy amphibians, they are some of my favorite animals in the world. I am looking for some females for my leopard frogs and looking to expand my collection with some amazon milk frogs, a pair of alpine newts, a Chinese warty newt, and anything else that might catch my eye. I cannot wait to attend. I would also like to talk to anyone just to learn more about the animals i have from someone in person. Besides my leopard frogs and Chinese warty newt i have a pacman frog and two awesome horned lizards.

  25. Sarah says:

    I would like to see more chameleons, especially panther chameleons. I woul like to see less snakes.

  26. Dustin says:

    Haven’t been to this show yet, plan to go on the 17th, but I’m hoping to see some less common snake species. I’d especially be interested in seeing brazilian rainbow boas, blood pythons, green tree pythons, and asian rat snakes. Wouldn’t mind checking out the amphibian and chameleon selection as well. It seems most shows focus on having almost 90% “beginner” species and not much left for the intermediate or advanced reptile keepers.

    By that, you can probably guess what I’d like to see less of: ball pythons, leopard geckos, corn snakes, bearded dragons, etc., but it’s not that I don’t appreciate them (and their stunning morphs), just seems like that’s ALL I see at some shows, with only a handful of vendors working with the more uncommon species, and I enjoy being surprised and learning about new species.

  27. Nate Gorby says:

    I would like to see more aquatic turtles. More scorpion variaties. Also some more crocadillians and ball python morphs. Thanks. I also hope to see more vendors.

    • Paul Wyble says:

      @ Nate We always have vendors bringing some aquatic turtles but in 2012 we have a vendor who does a lot of the turtle species. Don Hamper has signed up for our 2012 shows so you will see a nice selection. As far as ball pythons you will always see a lot of those lol. But I will be bringing a lot of my ball morphs so you will get to see a lot of the combos that you normally do not see.

  28. Draven says:

    I’d love to see more uncommon stuff, some varanids would be nice, as would some more aquatic, and land, turtles and some tortoises. Some more Boid localities and such would be nice. As would a few more inverts. Some Asian Rat snakes and Aussie Snakes would be nice too.
    As for less…less ball pythons. Sorry guys but the Ball Python thing is getting old. Also, just less of the huge pythons, retics, burms, and condas. I am a huge fan of the big snakes but feel having them at an expo spawns too many impulse purchases. And I would like to see no crocodilians of any kind, most of the private sector has no place owning these. I feel we should keep it a hot free show too, for the same reasons mentioned above for crocs and large snakes.

  29. Christine says:

    I don’t know why anyone would want to see less snakes.. There are a lot of vendors with corns and ball pythons, but think of the new people checking out the expo for the first time. Those two types of snakes in particular, while definitely easily available at pet stores, are so good mannered and lovable, prefect for enthusiasts and beginners alike, so why cut them short! Plus who doesn’t love seeing all the morphs you would never see anywhere other than an expo :)
    the more the merrier, and while we’re giving the legless critters some love, I’d like to see legless lizards also! Thanks again!

  30. Steve Doss says:

    I have been to a couple shows as a vendor and have made plans to bring my cages to the shows starting in Oct. I have met alot of awsome customers and vendors and really like the promoters and what they are doing. If anyone has any questions or would like to pre-order caging please check out the site and drop me a line.
    Thanks guys and see ya next month!

  31. Dynamic Reptiles says:

    Hello Everyone, We are Venders at the Steel City Reptile Show and after reading ALOT of your feedback i have answers to alot of your questions.

    1. baby turtles: We sell all kinds of Land & Aquatic Turtles. only problem with that is its seasonal stuff. once winter is the breeding season and summer is when they hatch.

    2. Lizards: We Also sell them but the only problem with that is 94% of lizards are Wild Caught or Farmed. We cherry pick are lizards for the best quality but everyone knows how W.C. stuff is. if you want Captive born lizards then thats bearded dragons, geckos & chameleons.

    3. Mice & Rats: We also Breed mice & Rats and we do sell them at shows once in awhile. problem with that is once again its seasonal. summer they breed alot and winter they slow down :( we will work on producing more rodents for the show.

    4. Crickets & feeder bugs: We also sell Roaches & Crickets and i admit they sell fast. we just took 50 boxes to another show and sold out by 11am No it wasnt other venders buying them up it was customers that came to the show. 50 boxes takes up a whole van so its kinda hard to take everything to shows but we will work on that also. So for the November Show we will try to have some stuff for everyone:

    Turtles : land and aquatic
    Feeder mice & rats
    Crickets , Roaches & Worms

    and of course We do the BIG STUFF!!! Burmese , Retics , Anacondas,Rocks & Boas!!!
    We have been saving the 2011 C.B. Baby Green Anacondas for this show Produced By Dynamic Reptiles!!

  32. Jeff says:

    I like the expo and the improvements that have been made, but I have run into 2 or 3 vendors whose tables I routinely skip because they have so much wild caught and/or imported stuff. I think the push should be more towards promoting captive-bred species and preserving wild populations.

  33. Melissa says:

    I’ll be visiting for my 1st time. I am hoping to find some sort of land turtle/tort but am really hoping for a small russian tort at a cheaper price than the local pet stores.

  34. patrickwv says:

    I would like to see poison dart frogs. Does anyone know if there are any froggers that attend this?

  35. Lee Rice says:

    I thought I saw some Trantulas at the last one in Mars PA and am hoping to buy one. If not some real chamealons but tratnulas are easier to care for aren’t they? and less people running around and saying “you dont want a copper head”.

  36. Kolby Leverenz says:

    I love scorpions, Last time I was at the expo I only saw 1.. So, Maybe some Emperor’s, Asian forest? Also, MORE HOGS

  37. Nancy says:

    I have never been to your show, but at other shows there is always a definite lack of enough crickets for sale, frogs (esp. tomato frogs) and frog items and land turtles.

  38. corie says:

    I won’t say there’s anything i’d like to see less of just because it might not be something i’m interested at the time but someone else might be so why take that away from them? What i would like to see more of are land and aquatic turtles of all ages. 3 toed,ornate, florida,etc. box turtles,and tortoises of any variety. maybe some variety of land turtle food. although i haven’t been to this particular show before, this comes from experiences from other shows. thanks for the offer of first timers free admission. I hope to actually make it to the show this time. I also would like to see vendors who sell slider turtles please make aware to potential customers the size they can grow to. i’ve seen too many people buy them unaware of the size they grow to only to have to find homes for them . This is partially the buyers fault for not finding out the size and care requirements before they buy them on impulse. Do your homework people. :)

  39. Thom says:

    I’d like to see more Bearded Dragons and Poison Dart Frogs. I don’t see many varieties of poison dart frogs anywhere and I am on the lookout for them.

  40. Tammi says:

    I am hoping to find a Female stride knee Tranchulla and a orange female Breaded Dragon Saturday. This is my first time and I am so excited.

  41. Thom says:

    I was a bit disappointed at the Nov. 5th show. It seemed like 85% of the expo was snakes. I was hoping to see more Bearded Dragon morphs, Poison Dart Frogs and Tarantulas. I didn’t see one Tarantula at the entire Expo. I’m going to check out the Feb. show in hopes of more variety. The vendors were all very friendly and helpful. I did get alot of insight on different reptiles.

  42. josh says:

    I would like to see more breeding pairs instead of just singular reptiles

  43. Samantha says:

    I have attended many of the steel city shows in the past and will be attending the upcoming show on the 26th. I would like to see more land turtles and large snakes. (Boas, pythons, and the big one my husband and I are looking for is an anaconda) These improves would be great. But I would like to say we love this show compared to many others that we have been to. There has been a lot of improves going on with this show since the first one which we attended. Thank you for doing such a great job!!!!

  44. Ryan says:

    Are there going to be any Amazon tree boas at this next expo?

  45. Michaewl says:

    More Australia pythons like GTP’s, Womas’s, and Children’s pythons

  46. Steve says:

    I’d LOVE to see some exotic animals, I remember going to a reptile show when i was no older than 10 and remember seeing a 2 headed turtle…it BLEW MY MIND.

  47. David says:

    I will be attending this show for the first time in Feb. I have been to many many expo’s in the past and I am always looking for but never seem to find any vendor who deals with Garter snakes, am looking for some of the more interesting morphs that are turning up on the internet but would rather buy in person and not deal with shipping. Will also be looking for morphs of the Leopard Gecko which I am sure I will see at the show.

  48. Brenden says:

    i would like to see more monitor lizards and exotic species of pythons.

  49. Nate Kraudel says:

    Just seing some interesting breeds of anything is fine with me. things like worm snakes, racer snakes, poison dart frogs. Anything from my list would be awesome to see. Oh id love to see FREE stuff. just kidding.

  50. Nate Kraudel says:

    I also think you guys should have more than one prize. I attend the cin city reptile show and they give away $250 dollars. Im not saying you guys should do the same because in my opinion you guys are better than the cin city reptile expo. You guys should have like three prizes like what troy said. another snake like a corn or something with a cage. or maybe an invert with a cage. You guys do a great jod and im excited to be going on april 29.

  51. Nate Kraudel says:

    I can’t wait for the April 29 expo :). I hope I win the python and maybe get a emperor scorpion. I have a corn snake and they are so awesome especially for beginners. Something I would love to see is some tailless scorpions and maybe some more centipedes. I might even get a milk snake :(). I wish it were tomorrow.

  52. Nate Kraudel says:

    ok all my last comments were just me pretty much being bored.

    What I would like to see more of:
    Alot more exotic snakes. like worm snakes,Racer snakes, African house snakes,ETC. Also the awesome cages. Last time i went some big cages were on sale for like 50 dollars it was such a good deal but i didnt have the money. A little more inverts would be cool to. Oh and more amphibians to.

    What I would like to see less of:
    Bearde dragons and common lizards. we can find these at reptile stores all over. Also only a small bit less leopard geckos. They are extreemly cool but too many breeders have them.

  53. Victoria says:

    I am looking for an Argentine Black and White Tegu and am wondering if there will be any at the show on April 29?

  54. Michael says:

    i would like to see more Chameleons i want to get one and my friend said this would be the place

  55. William says:

    Snakes and lizards under 40 dollars

  56. Marielle says:

    Tegus please

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