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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.
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