The night festive stall or Gerai Perayaan in Kuala Belait started on July 15 at Tudong Saji, Kuala Belait, and among the notable attractions there is the stall exhibiting exotic animals.
The main organiser of the exhibition, Awg Airil Shamril, said that the exhibition showcases various species of pythons, lizards and tarantulas.
There has been a high demand for exotic pets, and the locals are starting to take interest in rearing exotic animals other than the usual cats and fishes, and this reflects the changing mindset of people towards exotic animals, said Awg Airil Shamril.
Exotic pet lovers, as well as curious visitors, flocked the exhibition to not only view the displays, but also asked for advice on how to rear them as pets.
As an exotic pet owner himself, Awg Airil Shamril said there is a portion of the Bruneian community who have misconceptions of such animals. He added that people have the general idea that all reptile and spider species are aggressive, but that these animals will in fact only attack if threatened.
In addition, these exotic animals are not costly to rear, as tarantulas can feed on crickets while snakes can survive on quail eggs, he explained.
This hobby is popular not only among students but also adults, Awg Airil Shamril said, hence the decision to set up the exhibition with the hope that people will also learn about the different types and behaviours of exotic animals.
Meanwhile, Hero Pet Mart was also invited to participate in the reptile exhibition from July 15 to 19, which will allow visitors to purchase some pet accessories.
More information about the exotic pets exhibition at the KB festive stall can be found on Awg Airil Shamril's Facebook page.
The exhibition is open from 6.30pm until 11pm, with tickets priced at B$2 per children and $3 per adult.