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Hidden Gems

For customers looking to venture off the beaten track in snake ownership, sand and rosy boas can provide an intriguing alternative.

Reptiles with Class

Exotic animal retailers have a unique opportunity to bring wonder and new learning experiences into local schools by encouraging and facilitating classroom pets.

Silver Lining

Being well-informed on species-appropriate substrates is key to helping customers maintain their pets’ wellbeing.

The Scorpion King

Despite—or perhaps because of—the aura of danger they carry with them, scorpions can make an intriguing pet.

Ribbit Ribbit

With a well-crafted environment to live in, dart frogs make for a low-maintenance and visually appealing pet.

Entertainment Value

Funny cat videos may be more of an internet sensation, but herptiles can offer just as much humor and charm as the feline set.

A Bright Future

Becoming a knowledgeable and honest source of information on heating and lighting options can help retailers build trust with their customers.

Think Skink

Although they may be less popular than some other lizards, blue-tongued skinks have numerous qualities that make them wonderful pets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Retailers in the herptile trade need to be prepared for these common inquiries from curious customers.

Fully Furnished

When facing low margins on live animals and cages, retailers can invest in a creative stock of cage furniture to help turn a profit.

The More, the Merrier?

The establishment of a community cage of herps is an exciting goal, but it really only works under the strictest and most controlled circumstances.

The Future of Giant Snakes

A specialty retailer’s perspective on legislative impingements on selling big snakes and its impact on the pet trade.

The Crested Gecko

Thanks to its charming nature and delightful appearance, the crested gecko is reigning supreme as the industry’s most popular pet lizard.

Controlling Customer Conduct

With a healthy dose of patience and good humor, pet retailers can curb disruptive customer behavior and protect their animal charges without ruffling any feathers.

A Prince of a Pet

While not all bullfrogs make for perfectly dreamy pets, some species are positively charming and easy to keep.

The Sizable Sulcata

The African spurred tortoise, or the sulcata, can make for a fantastic pet, in a colossal way, but pet owners need to be forewarned and forearmed with all the information they will need to care for these immense creatures.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Hardly one-dimensional, green snakes, water snakes and garter snakes can be both fascinating and a bit tricky to own and care for.

Hanging on the Line

Even in the Internet age, the telephone is still an essential tool that connects retailers with their customers, but it can also be a source of both frustration and unexpected comedy.

Crab Fest

The ubiquitous and relatively inexpensive hermit crab is better served by hobbyists—and retailers—who are willing to invest some time and money into providing these creatures top-notch care.

A Walk on the Wild Side

While pet specialty stores can give animal lovers the opportunity to have an up-close encounter with reptiles and amphibians, nothing can replace the wonders of meeting up with these animals in the field.
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