Will indigenous reptiles be on sale?
Only in Natal as in other provinces permits have to be approved first.
Can I buy snake food like rats, mice and frogs.
Frozen rats and mice are allowed to be sold. No other live vertebrates other than reptiles are allowed to be displayed or sold. No birds, monkeys, tenrecs or chinchillas are allowed.
Can I bring my own reptiles with?
This cannot be allowed because the reptiles at the expo are checked by a vet and we cannot check every reptile that then comes to enter the building. Walking around with your own reptile is also not allowed.
How should I transport my purchases?
All reptiles have to be sold in containers and venomous snakes have to be in sealed containers. Place them in the shaded area of the car and drive home straight away. Even stopping for a few minutes and leaving the reptiles in a closed car can cause them to over heat and die. If you can place them inside a cooler box or even just in a thick cardboard box will be much better than leaving them open while driving home.
Do I get any sort of guarantee with the reptiles I buy?
Livestock does not have any guarantee and it is up to the buyer to make sure it is the type and gender that they wanted before leaving the expo. Dry goods will have to be cleared with the supplier on purchase.
What time does the expo open and close?
See advertising material.
If I pay for the Saturday can I come in for free on the Sunday again?
No, each day requires an entrance fee being paid. If you have paid for any given day you can leave and come back again on the same day. Just make sure you get a stamp on arrival or on leaving.
Can I pay with a credit card or cheque?
Most exhibitors will not accept cheques and some will have credit card facilities available however cash is the easiest method of payment.
May I take photographs?
Yes you may take photographs of anything you like with the exhibitors permission, however if your flash is affecting the animals the owners may ask you to stop. Please heed these requests.
Can I hand out business cards or flyers to exhibitors and patrons?
No, we do provide for people to advertise in the booklets handed out at the door and we would not like those people to get upset.
Can I bring my reptiles to be sexed?
Yes, provision can be made for this although prior approval from the organisers must be obtained in writing.
How often are the expos held?
The SOS² Reptile Expo is held once a year at Emperors Palace and in September in Natal. Other expos are also held from time to time. Check the tab for Other Expos.
How far is the airport and accommodation?
Emperors Palace is a short journey from OR Tambo Airport and accommodation is available at Emperors palace. There is a shuttle bus running between the airport and Emperors Palace throughout the day.
Gateway Hotel is a 5 minute drive from the airport. Unfortunately shuttle busses are not available.
Where is Emperors Palace?