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Horrible Ancient Animals

It’s a reptile show. It’s always a reptile show. Never in the storied history of the War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale) has there been an amphibian show, for people do not care about them. It’s reptilia that fascinate us, with their disposable skin and ancient horrible eyes. They inherited the world from amphibians more than 300 million years ago, when the vast rain forests of Euro-America dried out, killing half the world’s species, and for the next quarter of a billion years, these dumb, lazy, hungry, and occasionally ferocious beasts owned everything. Then mammals took charge. But not at War Memorial. Here, at least for the weekend, it’s the reptiles’ show — hundreds of them, maybe thousands. They shall be sold by vendors, cuddled by mammalian devotees, and their wonders explicated by human lecturers. Some mammals are for sale here too. Mostly mice. Very nervous ones. Admission is $5 to $10, or you can get two-day admission for just a couple of bucks more. Workshops on offer include “Croc Encounters” and, for some reason, “Arachnids Live,” along with some evil-sounding thing called “World of Wildlife’s Fear Factor Challenge.” The show runs 9 to 5 p.m. Visit repticon.com.
Sat., Feb. 4; Sun., Feb. 5, 2012
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Brandon K. Thorp

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