What’s on your gift list this year? If there’s a video game console, a bigger TV, a bottle of designer perfume, or all of the above about to take chunks out of your bank account, you may already be thinking of making a trip to tax-free New Hampshire to do your holiday shopping. Our next-door neighbors over there make it a point to live free or die, and when it comes to refusing to pay $1.65 for a buck-fifty candy bar, they do not fail (nor does the Granite State exact a tax on earned wages). Only the frigid and remote Alaska can also boast both benefits to the average shopper. It can sound like a foreign concept, even as close by as we Portlanders are. Well, it’s about to get even more exotic.


That is, as exotic as the show for lovers of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates called the New England Reptile Distributors (in a bid for the admittedly clever acronym NERD) Reptile Tour, on display at Zoo Creatures in Plaistow, NH (149 Plaistow Rd) every Saturday and Sunday through year’s end, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Snake souls and lizard lovers can fill their cars with goodies from the mall right down the road (it has Walmart, Staples, Home Depot, Hallmark, Bed Bath & Beyond, the usual) and then take a break from the retail madness to see the scaly creatures in the NERD reptile-breeding facility presented in show-and-tell format, with hands-on audience participation encouraged, for $8. Zoo Creatures asks that you call ahead at 603-382-3338 on the day of the tour to reserve space for your party, and arrive fifteen minutes early to sign in. Online ticket sales are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nerd-reptile-tour-tickets-34429203675.


Sound like crass commercialism? Oh, it’s cold-blooded.

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