Looking for a friendly pet that all your mates will envy? Forget the cat – Nick Cooper recommends a blue tongue lizard.
The owner of the unconventional pet was among 10,000 people estimated to have visited Trentham Racecourse in Upper Hutt to check out more than 600 animals at the Pet Expo yesterday.
Mr Cooper, who owns Care Vets in Johnsonville, has been the proud owner of Quasi the lizard for two years.
Quasi was born in Wairarapa, and spends most of his time in a temperature-controlled tank or hanging out with his mate, Ozzie, a bearded dragon lizard.
Both species are native to Australia. "They are lovely little pets, just so docile and quiet," Mr Cooper said.
Another creature attracting attention was Mr Magoo, the sphynx cat, one of the rare breeds of cat on display.
Cosy in a racy jacket, he was accompanied by owner Diane Gaskin.
Organiser Fiona Dunkley said the expo had been a success, with the "weird and wonderful" pets – especially the large breeds of dog, such as the neapolitan mastiff – proving the most popular with visitors.
She planned to hold the expo again at the same time next year.
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