Despite—or perhaps because of—the aura of danger they carry with them, scorpions can make an intriguing pet.
With a well-crafted environment to live in, dart frogs make for a low-maintenance and visually appealing pet.
Funny cat videos may be more of an internet sensation, but herptiles can offer just as much humor and charm as the feline set.
Becoming a knowledgeable and honest source of information on heating and lighting options can help retailers build trust with their customers.
Although they may be less popular than some other lizards, blue-tongued skinks have numerous qualities that make them wonderful pets.
Retailers in the herptile trade need to be prepared for these common inquiries from curious customers.
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 establishment of a community cage of herps is an exciting goal, but it really only works under the strictest and most controlled circumstances.
A specialty retailer’s perspective on legislative impingements on selling big snakes and its impact on the pet trade.
Thanks to its charming nature and delightful appearance, the crested gecko is reigning supreme as the industry’s most popular pet lizard.
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.
While not all bullfrogs make for perfectly dreamy pets, some species are positively charming and easy to keep.
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.
Hardly one-dimensional, green snakes, water snakes and garter snakes can be both fascinating and a bit tricky to own and care for.
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.
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.
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.
Bites from a beloved herptilian pet, while relatively infrequent, are always a possibility, so retailers and pet owners alike need to know how to both avoid and treat animal bites.
While the sale of crocodilians in the pet trade is illegal in some places, pet specialty retailers that are not subject to such bans should be aware of the species that make for fantastic pets for capable owners.
While various regulations may limit the sale of certain boas and pythons in the pet trade, there are some species that will meet consumer demand for big snakes.