If you were at Hogwarts with Harry Potter and his pals, which house would you be in? Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin? If you said Slytherin, have we got an event for you to check out this Sunday! 

Photo of Show Me Snakes founder Micky Meyer displaying a snake specimen, courtesy of Show Me Snakes LLC.

Maybe you’re already a reptile owner. Or thinking of becoming one. Or maybe you’re just intrigued by the cold-blooded creatures and would like to learn more. Either way, you won’t want to miss the Columbia Show Me Reptile Show coming up at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday, Jan. 29.

The show will feature a variety of vertebrates, including a range of reptiles, along with an array of amphibians, including newts. Plus, you’ll find everything needed to care for them. The show will also offer entertainment such as educational stations, face painting, food, and other activities.

Show Me Snakes founder Micky Meyer wearing a live boa, courtesy of Show Me Snakes LLC.

The show’s brought to you by Show Me Snakes out of Troy, Mo., a company that organizes educational reptile events. The educational aspect of its shows is something the owners and employees are passionate about.

Of its shows, the company says on its website, “Show Me Snakes felt a responsibility to the reptile community to not only be a memorable experience; but to also inspire passion in education for conservation in those who love the “abnormal” pets known as reptiles. Show Me Snakes desired to create a space where people could share their unique passions as well as encourage safe and responsible keeping, and to embolden the curiosity occasionally hidden behind fear. Show Me Snakes believes it has a duty to transform that fear into fascination.”

Photo of Show Me Snakes founder Micky Meyer at one of his company’s shows, courtesy of Show Me Snakes LLC.

The company held its first show in October of 2015 at the District 9 Machinist Hall in Bridgeton, Mo, and now stages at least 25 shows a year, plus special events.

“Our show comes to Columbia 4 times a year and this one will feature 45+ vendor tables full of reptiles, amphibians, and some other small exotic animals like hedgehogs and sugar gliders,” says Micky Meyer, founder of Show Me Reptile Shows.

“It’s a fun time for all ages. Entry is $10 and we welcome kids 12 and under free with paid adults. We love families and work hard to always keep it free for kids. The show features captive-bred and raised animals. Tickets can be purchased at the door.”

So why not slither hither?