While thousands flocked to the Vista Saturday to celebrate comics and pop culture, a different fandom gathered at Jamil Temple. While you might have seen someone downtown dressed as the comic book villain Copperhead, at the temple actual copperheads were waiting.

Repticon returned to Columbia Saturday and continues on Sunday, offering just about everything those who love reptiles and other exotic animals could want.

“I just think they’re so cute,” said Amy Cachia as a small snake slithered between her fingers. “Not everything has to be furry.”

Fur is far less common than scales at Repticon, a show which has been touring nationally for more than a decade. In addition to the many animals for sale, experts also display other reptiles and explain how to take care of them.

Countless products are also available for owners of the pets, whether new to the arena or veterans.

A steady stream of visitors arrived Saturday to check out the snakes, lizards, spiders and other animals on display, with some bringing their own pets and others taking home new friends.

The event continues Sunday. More details and ticket information are available at repticon.com.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Columbia, Richland County

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