On Saturday, the Charleston Area Reptile Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dunbar Rec Center, 2601 Fairlawn Ave. The event aims to bring to West Virginia high-quality exotic animals that normally wouldn’t be found in pet stores and also educate the public on exotic animals and their care. Visitors can see a variety of reptiles (including crested geckos, pictured), plus amphibians, insects, arachnids, exotic mammals and more. There will also be face painting and children’s activities, a petting table, craft and supply vendors and raffles. Raffle funds will benefit the Mountain State Exotic Rescue, whose goal is to create an animal shelter to take in the state’s abandoned and neglected exotic animals. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Visit www.charlestonexpo.org.
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