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The Lowly Roach

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.

High and Dry

Getting a handle on the dry goods segment of the store is key to a retailer's bottom line.

The American Toad

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.

Cold-Blooded Comedy

The wealth of herptile-related misinformation that persists among the general public can sometimes be as entertaining and funny as it is frustrating.

Old World Corn Snakes

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.

An In-Store Education

Retailers should be as proactive as possible in educating their customers on the husbandry of species they sell.

Booming Baby Turtles

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.

Herp Trek: The Next Generation

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.

A Dip in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean tortoise offers turtle lovers a variety of fascinating alternatives to the beloved box turtle.

Wintertime Sleepers

There is a right way and many wrong ways to hibernate-or rather, brumate-a pet reptile, if it is even necessary at all.

Sensational Salamanders

Aquatic salamanders and newts inspire awe and wonder, and retailers would be wise to consider them a must-have in their aquatics section.

Shedding Light on LEDs

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.

Righteous Rat Snakes

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.

Wild & Dangerous Regulation

A new regulatory board in West Virginia threatens to outlaw common pets like gerbils, hamsters and salamanders.

Herps and the Law

Pet specialty retailers in the herp arena need to know and live by the law, while also staying on top of pending legislation that threatens the hobby.

The Exotic Exotics

These shudder-inducing creatures may not appeal to everyone, but there is demand for some less-celebrated invertebrates that have crept into the pet trade.

Selling the Charm of the Crestie

There are some good reasons why crested geckoes have become so popular in the herptile pet market.

Comedy of Errors

Selling herptiles and related supplies is definitely serious business, and yet pet specialty retailing offers no shortage of amusing anecdotes.

Making the Case for Cages

In a contest between tanks versus cages, both have their strengths, but the higher cost of wood cages can be discouraging to customers. Here are 10 wood-cage selling points every retailer needs to know.

Attack of the Giant Frogs

Giant frogs are not for everyone-but it would be a mistake not to carry these fascinating behemoths of the herp world.
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