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.
Perhaps not the best choice for novices, chameleons can make for fascinating, charming pets for someone adept at tending to their specific husbandry needs.
Children represent a tremendously important segment of pet specialty stores’ customer base. Here is some advice about working with their youngest shoppers.
Retailers can find creative ways to reveal the shy creatures hidden in the nooks and crevices of its herptile displays.
The oft-maligned roach is here to stay, so retailers might as well profit from the inherent-and perhaps surprising-upsides to having roaches as pets.
Getting a handle on the dry goods segment of the store is key to a retailer's bottom line.
There is no shortage of native toads to be found in the U.S.-for free-but these awesome creatures may still deserve a space among the herptile pets that retailers offer for sale.
The wealth of herptile-related misinformation that persists among the general public can sometimes be as entertaining and funny as it is frustrating.
Corn snakes may be the gold standard of snakes in the pet trade, but the world of rat snakes has so much more to offer.
Retailers should be as proactive as possible in educating their customers on the husbandry of species they sell.
The laws on selling baby turtles are clear and specific, and responsible pet retailers need to understand those parameters and how to operate within them.
As more kids take an interest in herp-keeping, it is wise for retailers to tailor their businesses to appeal to children and their parents.
The Mediterranean tortoise offers turtle lovers a variety of fascinating alternatives to the beloved box turtle.
There is a right way and many wrong ways to hibernate-or rather, brumate-a pet reptile, if it is even necessary at all.
Aquatic salamanders and newts inspire awe and wonder, and retailers would be wise to consider them a must-have in their aquatics section.
According to Rita Zarate, vice president of sales and marketing for Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc., LED lighting provides functional benefits to terrariums and value to the owners of herptile pets.
American rat snakes are as varied as they are fascinating, and a cool selection of these animals is sure to impress more than a few customers.
A new regulatory board in West Virginia threatens to outlaw common pets like gerbils, hamsters and salamanders.