The topic of substrate is a challenging one, since there is so much variety and a wealth of opinions in the industry.
Retailers that deal in exotic pets must navigate a jungle of challenges and scrutiny from regulators.
Stocking monitors, a large and highly variable group of lizards, can increase a store’s profile in the pet community.
An Old World species, chameleons continue to captivate the minds of reptile enthusiasts and casual observers.
Well-intentioned people who find an animal in the yard and want to keep it as a pet can become life-long customers.
Providing pet herps with a properly supplemented and well-balanced diet helps prevent common illnesses and ensure happy hobbyists.
When a family interested in purchasing their first pet walks into the store, retailers can make them comfortable with helpful suggestions and sound advice.
Lighting is a scientific matter when it comes to herptiles, so retailers must relay this important information to the consumer.
Carrying a variety of snake species can pique customers’ interest and allow retailers to offer something unique.
Unique alternatives to live foods, packaged herptile diets provide variety for pets and peace of mind for squeamish pet owners.
Amphibians are mysterious and complex, and there are a few traits retailers should explain to customers looking to purchase one of these unique creatures.
For a store that sells herptiles, offering live food means more product diversity and more satisfied, repeat customers.
Working with herptile customers to set up beautiful and functional terrariums will position a retailer as a herpetarium expert and draw repeat customers to the store.
For retailers dealing with herps, morph talk is bound to come up. Having a sound knowledge of the available morphs and morph trends could prove intensely useful.
How to use media, neighboring stores and business associates to get a store’s name out into the community.
Food manufacturers are working harder than ever to develop cutting-edge diets and supplements that are easy to use and suited for a variety of reptiles and amphibians.
Many myths about large snakes need to be dispelled so retailers and snake owners can continue to accommodate these great creatures.
To compete in the herp category, retailers should get familiar with popular pet species and related husbandry equipment.
Red-eared sliders aren’t the best pets, and retailers can help customers by recommending they purchase a tortoise instead.
Arboreal lizards are great first-time pets for reptile enthusiasts because they are fun to watch and easy to sell.