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The Top Pet Products of 2018

The 17th-annual Pet Business Industry Recognition Award celebrates the best that the pet care category has to offer.

Safe and Sound Snakes

Retailers should convey to their customers that rear-fanged snakes are harmless pets.

Selling the Dinosaur

Retailers should take advantage of any opportunity to channel the widespread human fascination with prehistoric creatures into a passion for herpetology.

Living Terreria

Creating living habitats for herptiles will not only inspire customers, it will help stores stand out from the crowd.

Herptile Supplements

It’s imperative that retailers educate their customers on the importance of supplementing diets for herptiles.

Good Newts

The re-legalization of salamander and newt sales within the U.S. could open up new opportunities for herptile retailers.

Homey Touches

Herptile retailers should be ready and able to help aesthetics-minded customers transform a bare-bones enclosure into an attractive piece of décor.

Holiday Herptiles

With the holidays approaching, retailers should figure out the best method for marketing kits to potential shoppers.

The Scorpion King

Despite—or perhaps because of—the aura of danger they carry with them, scorpions can make an intriguing pet.

Turtle Time

Though many families seek out turtles as pets, it’s important for retailers to educate them on the specific needs of these herptiles.

Stocking the Shelves

Knowing the best products to order and stock are key to maintaining a successful herptile business.

Hidden Gems

For customers looking to venture off the beaten track in snake ownership, sand and rosy boas can provide an intriguing alternative.

Ballin'

When it comes to snakes, ball pythons are superstars and retailers should educate themselves on this species.

Rose Hair Alternatives

There are a plethora of tarantula species to satisfy any customer.

Monitor Lizards

Monitor lizards can be great pets, as long as consumers choose the right breed for their lifestyle.

Size Matters

Retailers should encourage sales of herptiles as more people downsize their homes.

Reptiles with Class

Exotic animal retailers have a unique opportunity to bring wonder and new learning experiences into local schools by encouraging and facilitating classroom pets.

All For Show

While reptile shows might not be an instant moneymaker, savvy retailers can use them as valuable marketing and bargain-shopping opportunities.

Serpent Sales

Corn snakes are imperative to a successful herptile business.

Silver Lining

Being well-informed on species-appropriate substrates is key to helping customers maintain their pets’ wellbeing.
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