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Images: Chicagoland Family Pet Expo

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An African Spur Thigh Tortoise, the third largest in the world.
  An African Spur Thigh Tortoise, the third largest in the world.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Maureen O'Connor of Danville, right, gets fitted with a snake necklace by Rachel Fessler of the Chicago Herpetological Society.
  Maureen O'Connor of Danville, right, gets fitted with a snake necklace by Rachel Fessler of the Chicago Herpetological Society.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Paying a dollar to get kissed by Isabella the Boxing Terrier is Kelly Steele of Hanover Park controlled by Cheryl Eitz of Schaumburg.
  Paying a dollar to get kissed by Isabella the Boxing Terrier is Kelly Steele of Hanover Park controlled by Cheryl Eitz of Schaumburg.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
This breed therapy dog has a face only a mother could love.
  This breed therapy dog has a face only a mother could love.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Italia Perrone of the Greater Chicago Rescue shows off a new way to walk or hold your dog, such as demonstrated with this Cavalier named Atticus.
  Italia Perrone of the Greater Chicago Rescue shows off a new way to walk or hold your dog, such as demonstrated with this Cavalier named Atticus.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
A Blue Tongue Skink
  A Blue Tongue Skink
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Tracie Nauertz,23, of Carol Stream gets hands-on experience with a Mexican Black King snake.
  Tracie Nauertz,23, of Carol Stream gets hands-on experience with a Mexican Black King snake.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Vera Perekoteyeva,24, of Palatine hangs with a few friends handled by Herb Schmitz of the Avicultural Society of Chicago.
  Vera Perekoteyeva,24, of Palatine hangs with a few friends handled by Herb Schmitz of the Avicultural Society of Chicago.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Lauren Kelliher of Buffalo Grove talks to people about her two-legged Pit Bill named Fifty.
  Lauren Kelliher of Buffalo Grove talks to people about her two-legged Pit Bill named Fifty.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Norman is a champagne-colored German Shepard owned by Lou Basgall of Rolling Meadows.
  Norman is a champagne-colored German Shepard owned by Lou Basgall of Rolling Meadows.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Brittany Habbick,26, of Schaumburg and her Dachshund Marley.
  Brittany Habbick,26, of Schaumburg and her Dachshund Marley.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Labrador-Pointer mix puppies.
  Labrador-Pointer mix puppies.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Ashleigh Roese,14, of Schaumburg holds a White Texan Rat snake.
  Ashleigh Roese,14, of Schaumburg holds a White Texan Rat snake.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hayley Heier,5, of Romeoville pets a donkey.
  Hayley Heier,5, of Romeoville pets a donkey.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
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