Holiday Inn hosts reptile meet-and-greet, exotic pet show


UPDATE: Due to shedding, “Jake from Snake Farm” was unable to attend Repticon.

JOHNSON, Tenn. (WJHL) — If you’ve been planning to get over your fear of snakes sometime soon, a traveling exhibit may have been your best chance to do so.

Cool Zoo, a hands-on reptile exhibit in connection with Repticon, offered exotic animal experiences at Johnson City’s Holiday Inn on Saturday and Sunday.

According to a company press release, the event’s flagship attraction, “Jake from Snake Farm”, is an 8-foot-long Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor that guests can get up-close and personal with for a fee.

“It’s an honor to provide the Johnson City community with the opportunity to receive a hands-on education on these beautiful creatures,” said Jim DeBerry, CEO of Cool Zoo. “We hope that through our efforts, people will have a newfound appreciation for these amazing animals.”

Alongside handling opportunities, vendors and breeders allowed some visitors to take home a new member of the family or supplies for scaly friends back home.

“With all of our adoptions, all of that money goes straight back into our animals,” Said Cool Zoo zookeeper Jack Messick. “So we don’t really make a dime, it’s all for the love of the animals.”

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