by Owen Maerck on Dec 29, 2014
“The sale of baby turtles, and particularly baby red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans), has a long and controversial history in the United States. Knowing the ins and outs of how to operate within the strictures of the law, and basic ethics are key for any herptile retailer. After all, the goal should be to cater to customers in a way that both promotes the well-being of the turtles themselves and allows families to have positive…”

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by Owen Maercks on Dec 1, 2014
“When I see kids wandering through my store, wide-eyed and slack-jawed, I try to imagine the store through their eyes. It must be amazing. Lizards as big as they are, tortoises that fit in the palms of their hands and snakes capable—even if unwilling—of swallowing them whole. Such a store…”
by Owen Maercks on Nov 1, 2014
“It used to be that the go-to land turtle pet in the United States was the box turtle. In some parts of the country, that is still true, as they inhabit a wide swath of our natural habitat. In terms of our industry, however, box turtles as pets are on…”
by Owen Maercks on Oct 1, 2014
“A significant part of my time working with clients and their scaly pets is devoted to troubleshooting health problems. I always ask for a description of the basic husbandry that has been given to the pet in question. If the pet is a tortoise, the customer will inevitably say, “Every…”
by Owen Maercks on Sep 1, 2014
“Every week or so, I take a journey down to the local fish wholesalers, where I purchase assorted feeders, dry goods and the occasional oddball fish—herp people are big on things like lungfish, electric eels, and the like. Before I leave, I always ask the guy who takes care of…”