The re-legalization of salamander and newt sales within the U.S. could open up new opportunities for herptile retailers.
Herptile retailers should be ready and able to help aesthetics-minded customers transform a bare-bones enclosure into an attractive piece of décor.
Retailers should take advantage of any opportunity to channel the widespread human fascination with prehistoric creatures into a passion for herpetology.
Whether in giant form or one of the more moderate sizes, the amiable tortoise can be an enjoyable and rewarding pet.
For customers looking to venture off the beaten track in snake ownership, sand and rosy boas can provide an intriguing alternative.
Exotic animal retailers have a unique opportunity to bring wonder and new learning experiences into local schools by encouraging and facilitating classroom pets.
Being well-informed on species-appropriate substrates is key to helping customers maintain their pets’ wellbeing.
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.