The Calgary Reptile Expo is underway Saturday and Sunday, giving lovers of the less cuddly animals an opportunity to learn and explore.

More than 40 reptile vendors from across Canada are gathered at the Midsun Community Centre to offer hands-on experience to overcome fears, dispel myths and promote responsible pet ownership.

"We have display animals, we have animals for sale — lots of different people are coming down," said Glyn Hersom, vice president of The Alberta Reptile and Amphibian Society (TARAS).

With a wide variety of reptiles available to see, Hersom says there is something for everyone.

There are snakes, geckos, turtles and different amphibians, in addition to creatures of the more creepy crawl-y variety.

2013 is the Year of the Snake on the Chinese calendar and organizers say they wanted to take advantage of the timing to help educate people about reptile ownerhsip.

"Our goal in 2013 is to educate people about these specialized and often misunderstood animals as pets," said Hersom.

The Calgary Reptile Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12.