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Making Headlines

When herptile-related incidents make front-page news, it helps to know how to respond. Here are six tips to bridge the distance from media shy to media savvy.

Starter Herps

Sometimes steering customers away from the pet they think they want and toward a more appropriate choice is a retailer's best sales strategy.

The Tiny Tank

Cultivating a microcosm of the natural world in a tiny tank is possible with the appropriate selection of animals and equipment.

Unwrapped Opportunity

Pet-themed giftware offers pet specialty retailers high margins, making it a lucrative category-especially during the holiday season.

Fear and Loathing in the Pet Store

Exotic pets are often unfairly maligned and reviled by the public at large. But given a little education and some patience, even the most skittish of potential customers can learn to appreciate herptiles.

Day For Night

It is uncommon-perhaps, nearly unheard of-but having a designated “dark room” can give customers a chance to see a retailer's nocturnal creatures in all their glory.

The Unlikely Pet

Scorpions may be more likely to appear as antagonists in people's nightmares than as pets in their home, but they make for surprisingly easy going and interesting pets.

Taking It Outside

Retailers that can help customers successfully set up an outdoor habitat will reap a host of benefits.

Giants Among Lizards

Not everyone is in the market for small, cute and cuddly. Some folks are looking for pets of some size and heft-the reptile industry meets the demand.

Talking Turtles

Water turtles can be a delight to own, but retailers need to help customers understand what they are and are not getting when they buy one as a pet.

Bugging Out

By explaining the virtue of some of the coolest pet bugs the industry offers, retailers can win over even the most reluctant customers.

The Human Element

Although animal care knowledge is critical, pet retailers and their employees must understand that selling pets is ultimately a people-business.
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