REDDING, Calif. -

The inaugural Redding Reptile Expo saw hundreds of people slither down to the Holiday Inn on Hilltop Drive to check out countless species of snakes, turtles, lizards, spiders and more.

The event was an opportunity for reptile lovers to purchase rare breeds and for the general public to learn more about animals that aren't often considered as loving companions.

"People are just afraid of reptiles, snakes and stuff, and this really shows that they're great pets," said Steven Streich, owner of Redding reptile store, Critters and More and one of the event's organizers.

On hand were vendors peddling hundreds of rare and exotic animals, as well as feed and accessories from all of the West Coast.

Streich says the expo is a boon for the local economy.

"We've had people coming from Washington and Oregon; all over Northern California," he said. "So it's bringing a lot of people and a lot of business into the Redding area."

One vendor even traveled from as far as Alaska for the opportunity to cater to the niche market.

The event was considered such a huge success, organizers are already dreaming of how they can improve on and grow the expo next year.