Pet Dragons Aren’t Just for the Movies

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Family-friendly Reptile Rally activities include a Meet and Greet where guests will be able to interact with not only the bearded dragon, but various reptiles such as the Russian tortoise and ball python. Current pet parents who want to show off the beautiful colors reptiles are known for can do so during the Raddest Reptile Contest. For those unsure of which reptile is right for their family, Petco staff will host fun reptile matchmaking games that will help kids become acquainted with a new forever friend that is just right for them. Although classic “Dating Game” TV host, Jim Lange, won’t be present, Petco staff will help guests find their perfect match while showing attendees how to care for the reptiles’ complete health, including their physical, mental, social and emotional health. Fun facts that attendees will learn during Reptile Rally include:

  • Tortoises are one of the oldest creatures on Earth and they have very long lifespans. Russian tortoises can live up to 50 years with proper care!
  • A cuddly snake? Ball pythons, once comfortable with their pet parents, are known to gently curl themselves up around their pet parent’s arm when happy. They are extremely gentle, docile and graceful animals.
  • Bearded dragons get their name from its scaly throat, or “beard,” that it will puff out if feeling threatened.
  • Bearded dragons are relatively new to America. They were first introduced to the country from Australia in 1990.

To learn more about reptiles and why they make great pets, check out this video featuring Petco Associate, Rachel and her reptile pal, Khan.

Reptile appearances and in-store selection may vary by location. For more information on the Reptile Rally event, please visit

About Petco

Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,200 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico, including more than 50 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop, and  The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $110 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year.

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