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Putting on the Kid Gloves

Children represent a tremendously important segment of pet specialty stores’ customer base. Here is some advice about working with their youngest shoppers.

The Seemingly Empty Cage

Retailers can find creative ways to reveal the shy creatures hidden in the nooks and crevices of its herptile displays.

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.
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