Reptil.TV - Folge 33 - Asien 2011

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Hello and welcome to episode 33 of Reptil.TV!
We toured the world to bring you some new footage. Well not only for you, but also for us.
First, we were in Hong Kong and visited the Hong Kong Breeders Expo.
Then we went to Shizuoka in Japan. We shoot some footage to give you an impression of the Asian market.
For us it was really interesting and I hope you'll like it too! Enjoy!
Welcome to Reptil.TV! I am travelling Asia and right now I am in Hong Kong.
At the Hong Kong International Reptile Breeders Expo and I would like to show you a little something about the Asian reptile market.
Here we have a funny Chinese invention. You can fish for frogs and salamanders. Let's have a closer look.
It looks like fun - I assume and hope that they don't distress the frogs and salamanders
Here you can buy these small nets.
And a small bowl for it. In the back they have these bowls with spoons.
And then they have these pools.
There are frogs or salamanders in these pools.
The kids can then fish for these animals. They pay for their bowl and then they can fish for them in the pool.
They are allowed to keep and take home their catch.
And that's how it looks like. The kid in the back is cheating a little. He's using a cricket box for fishing.
This kid already caught something. He's showing us how they do it.
This kid is rascal, the methods he's using are quite dubious. The other kids are very careful - he's doing it the hard way.
Here we have the pool with the salamanders.
The funny thing is, that some kind of paper is stretched over the nets.
Over time, when it gets to wet or they are too fast - the paper tears.
If the paper is torn, then the game is over.
Here you can see: the net is torn, so the game is over. She caught three animals with her net. For those animals she paid about 3€.
This is the booth of Reptile State. They are a relative big vendor here in Hong Kong.
The media are very interested in the show. Apart from me, you can see other channels shooting footage with their cameras.
They look like they are shooting for TV channels and not for YouTube.
Let's have a look at the animals they are offering. They look like domestic species.
Here we are at Turtle World's booth.
As the name hints - they mainly have ocean turtles.
You can see many African turtles - there are many Pardalis Sulcata.
It's alarming what they know about how to keep turtles - especially about tortoises.
Many people asked me at my booth what these turtles eat. They've got one for years, with bumps as high as the alps ...
... but have no idea how to keep them. They've never heard anything about vitamins, calcium, ultraviolet light or how to feed them …
... utterly devastating - even if they go to the vet, he doesn't know it much better. They often advise to feed pellets in order to prevent an intestinal obstruction.
Here we have our booth.
Unfortunately my animals didn't get here in time - so I'm here without any animals.
The expo will still be open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - with a little luck, my animals will arrive Monday afternoon.
So I should be able to sell some animals.
We decided to present the animals that we'll sell on posters - theoretically they should arrive on Monday.
I hope I can raise some interest in my animals.
Here we are showing some episodes of Reptil.TV - so we can increase our fan community by a few billion.
As you can see, the Asian people set high value on quality.
That's the reason why you can buy the heating cables from M&S Reptilien.
It's not my booth, it's an Asian trader.
As you can see, many families with children visit this expo.
I would say that the professional audience accounts for roughly 10% of the visitors. 90% are families with children that what to experience turtles.
They even have a petting zoo, where you can examine the turtles. This young girl is feeding a turtle.
This is the 'Beetles House' - it's really nice. You have to pay admission.
Then the children or adults can go inside and watch beetles, I think they even are allowed to catch them.
If they want to take them home, then they have to pay for them.
Let's go inside.
Let's look if we can find some beetles.
Here you can see some beetles. They explained that they are some giant beetle species.
Martin from pet factory in Germany is also at the expo. He knows a lot about beetles - so we'll interview him later about these insects.
Some are on the floor and I have to be careful not squash them, while walking around with my camera.
I don't have to pay them - but it would be a shame for these beautiful beetles.
And because they would scold me.
I'm here with Martin Höhle, he is a leading expert on bugs - and a seller - in Germany.
He'll explain some facts about the beetles for us.
Stefan: Hi and welcome. Martin: Hello Stefan. It's almost a family reunion here in Hong Kong.
We Germans have a good representation here. And as you may have noticed - they gave me the nickname 'The German Giant'.
Although I work with small animals - that delightfully can even rest on your microphone - I hope they don't disturb your audio.
Stefan: Could be.. audio ... I think so .. no maybe not. Martin: Nothing should happen.
Keeping insects is just as common here in Asia, as keeping guinea pigs or hamsters in Europe.
Due to this fact, this Expo is like Mecca for me. And gets even more intense in Japan.
Martin: I brought along some nice animals I'd like to show you. Stefan: Alright, what's this here?
This expert on my hand is called a 'Duck Beetle' in English and is a Stag Beetle species. This big, they can really pinch you.
Stefan: So if you hold your finger in front, it will pinch you? Martin: I wouldn't do it. They've got their calipers build in. They can apply a fair amount of force.
Stefan: That would really hurt? Martin: With some species you would even see a drop of blood.
Stefan: Let me try. Martin: You're not afraid of pain, are you? Stefan: I won't do it, okay?
The Bug on your mic is harmless. It only eats fruits, just like the Stag Beetles.
He can't really fight with his calipers. He uses his horn to fight of his rivals in love - he pushes them away. He uses it as a sort of catapult. He goes under the other male and tries to hurl them away.
When we were young, we were in the same situation, weren't we?
Right, we had to push away our rivals in love.
Stefan: This one here, without anything is the female? Martin: Yes that’s the female.
Stefan: And she belongs to this male? Martin: Yes, she belongs to the male sitting on your mic.
If we would put the males together and the female would be in the vicinity, then they would probably start to fight.
There is a tradition in Thailand. There the beetles are called 'Quang Beetles', they have to fight against each other.
It's like cockfighting, they bet on the animal that is supposed to be stronger. They even have tournaments where they compete against each other.
Keeping beetles has a big tradition here in Asia.
And the ones we can see, you said that they are from Japan?
No, they are domestic forms. You can find this one in the woods around Hong Kong.
I already was there and will go into the woods again on Tuesday. I want to look for what I can find. Maybe I'll find something interesting for my customers.
A brief statement about the price. They really look nice. What would you pay for an animal like this. So that we have a rough idea.
If we look at the European price, you would pay between 25€ to 50€, depending on size and quality. So they are still affordable
But you have to say, that these animals have an expectation of life between a half and three quarters of a year.
That is for the adult beetle. If you also count the larvae stage, then they have a bigger expectation - because most of their life they are larvae.
But these beetles are also bred?
Mostly they are farmed and of course, some are also harvested from the wild.
Many animals have become a 'pest animal' in some plantations.
We know things like this from the past too. If you think about May Beetles, there used to be awards for catching them - at least back in the old days.
The same thing applies here. In banana plantations they are harvested - if they hurt the plants and there is an overpopulation.
Ok. A brief statement about the Expo. What's your impression?
Hong Kong still is the hub for the Asian market.
You can do business with Japan and mainland China is strong here. But you also have people from the Philippines, from Thailand.
You have the complete Asian market. I believe this market is just starting to develop.
Where you can get to know Asian people - people who are in the hobby sector,.
It’s just great for networking and getting to know people who are into the business.
Stefan: Alright, thank you very much. Have fun. Martin: You will return it, won't you?
Stefan: No, I'll carry him around like that. Martin: Ok, then have a great time you two.
Here we have a booth that have a really nice presentation.
The company is called 'Reptile State' - I believe they are from Hong Kong.
He we have bags and belts.
I have to admit, I can't identify the leather type.
Wait, up there we definitely have a reticulated Python, a Broghammerus.
One of these belts is also from a Broghammerus.
The price of these belts are distressing, 150HK$ to 200 HK$. That would be 13€ to 23€ for a belt.
Here you can see the same thing, only inside a jar. A pity for the animals.
Here some other bits and pieces.
Bags and wallets.
Of course, they also try to promote wildlife conservation.
They tell you which animals you aren't allowed to sell.
And they distribute these flyers. We also had one at our booth.
I have to ask myself the question if they didn't want to see the handbags and wallets, while they were distributing these.
But of course we have to be careful scold them. Asians are not known for being the leaders in wildlife conservation.
So if they are trying to promote wildlife conservation - here at this expo - then this is a first step into the right direction.
I'm here with Erika and K. K.. Right, he has to look after the dress code, so you can read our tags.
Erika and K. K. are the hosts of the Hong Kong International Reptile Expo. I want to ask them how the show doing so far and if they are satisfied.
Erika, K.K. How is the show this year? Everything going fine? Do you like it?
This year going fine. And everything is smooth. This year the weather in Hong Kong is not so good. I hope today much more visitors.
Stefan: So you mean that the weather outside is too much rain or something, then people don't come too much, or what? K. K. Usually this.
What people are coming here to the show? Do you mainly have Chinese people, or they come from everywhere in the world? Where are people from? Maybe Erika can tell us where the people are from.
Yes. We have people from the mainland China and Hong Kong and some are from South East Asia.
So mainly Asian customer reptile people are here? So for the Asian market this is the show to be, or what?
Yes. Some are hobbyists and some are families, and also the business owners.
Because we want to sell animals here, the families are of no real interest to us, you can make some sales but we are happy if the reptile people come around.
No matter if they are here in private or if they are shop owners.
Stefan: Okay, so see you next year at the Hong Kong Show. Erika & K.K.: Thank you.
If you look behind me, you will notice that I'm not at Hamm. And not in Hong Kong.
Here we are at the Reptile Japan Breeders Expo.
A fact or two about my strange outfit. I'm not in a football stadium. my Japanese associate said that the Japanese totally dig Germany and German football in particular.
That's why I am wearing the official dress of the German national team.
He said that would be a good promotion here. I do almost everything to bring home the bacon.
So that's the reason for - in my opinion - slightly silly outfit.
A few facts about the Japan Expo. We want to show you some interesting stuff. Last year we also wear here. And I hope you'll like it. Have fun!
There is an enormous hype about Bearded Dragons here. They walk around and carry their Dragons in a basket.
The other one sitting on the shoulder. Actually a humanization of these animals.
Here you can see two of my handsome customers. Right now they are choosing some animals.
In the back, you can see the ocean turtles, just like last year.
I'm here with Ken Gubersky - KGB Reptiles. He is from Canada. As you can see, it is an international expo.
If you ever wanted to see someone who is unbelievable rich - then have a look at Ken!
I'll tell you why in a moment.
Stefan: Ken, you told me you have quite a bunch of Bananas. How many Bananas do you have? Ken: Bunch of Bananas
I have six. Six Bananas.
He owns six Banana Balls, including one male and five females.
If you sum it up, the Bananas are worth roughly 150,000$ - 200,000$. This is how an immensely wealthy Canadian Ball Python breeder looks like!
Stefan: I just told them, that you are one of the poor people, breeding cheep kind of Ball Pythons. Ken: Normals!
How do you like the show here in Japan? Is it good for you?
Yeah, it's the third year that I'm here. It's difficult with the language but the people like the reptiles. The show is full all the time. It's a good crowd.
This expo really is interesting. Moreover, it's great that you even get to know people from all around the world.
Stefan: Thank you. Ken: Thank you.
As you can see the tattoo subculture has reached Japan.
For me it's interesting to see, is that the people here are really fancy. Tattoos everywhere and fancy and eccentric clothes.
With the customers you can see at the moment, they're typical for this type of Japanese outfit.
Here we have Reptilmania from Spain
He's got some rare animals on display.
Let's have a closer look.
He's opening up a box for us, so we can have a closer look at the animals.
They definitely are beautiful creatures.
As I recall, they are from Mexico. Tree dwellers.
They really are beautiful!
I'm here with Nobu, as you can see he's from Zoo Med Japan. You also have to back up small firms like Zoo Med.
So Nobu, what is the difference of the Japanese market to the European marked?
Japanese people like turtles and tortoises, probably 60% are here for turtles and tortoises.
European people like lizards and snakes. In the United States probably 90% like snakes,.
He is quite right. Snakes hold a dominating position in Europe. Here you can see lots of ocean turtles.
Stefan: Especially the turtles are popular here? Nodu: Yes.
And you think the show was successful? There were a lot of people here?
This year we had a total of 20.000 visitors in two days.
So we see that it is really successful here. This is the biggest expo in Asia I guess, or not?
Nobu, thank you very much. By the way, he also is my associate here. He's the one to give all sorts of advice here.
The idea with the jersey of the German national Team came from him.
He also is very helpful in getting in contact with the Japanese. He is a big help! Thank you Nobu for your help!
Just like this women, you see many people carrying their Bearded Dragons on their shoulders. I counted at least 30 people that carried them on their shoulders.
Down here is the 'frog level'.
All day long you hear those announcements!
Here you can see an acquaintance from last year. Woodbell Japan. They have several shops in Japan.
I believe they are one of the biggest shops in Japan.
A fennec or something similar. Kept on a leash, that's crazy.
That's funny. That really is awesome!
I've never seen anything like this. I'm no expert on mammals, but this is very alien to me.
If you look at his arms, you can see that his animal scratches him from time to time.
She's got a cute domestic pig. I have to admit, that's almost even cooler.
Awesome! I would prefer one of these over that giant hamster!
Here we have a showman with his Black-headed Python. He's happy because it supposedly is very gentle.
That is one cool display!
That's quite a nice booth.
They present their animals in a nice way. Good work.
Keeping them inside these boxes is against our own rules for keeping snakes. Nevertheless beautiful.
Here we have Ball Python Japan's booth.
Talking about Ball Pythons, they probably are the biggest vendor in this field, or at least one of the biggest.
Here we have one last highlight!
It's an Australian Moloch, a Moloch Horridus, also called Thorny Dragon
Now we're back in Germany.
Back from Asia.
We have to take into account, that different countries have different customs. You could argue about how they can keep their animals like that.
As said before, different countries have different customs.
Think about the slogan: If you want to go abroad and change the world, then go around your own house three times.
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Remember: Check my Balls and check my DVDs!
There I did go over to Japan. [with Saxon slang]
We don't have to overdo it!
Stefan: That was really good, wasn't it? Off: I'll mark your report sheet as: your the best.
Stefan: That was nice! Off: Yes, that was nice. We'll shoot this take one more time.