by Owen Maercks on Apr 27, 2015
“When I was a boy growing up on the edge of the Everglades, my mom always let me feed my pets. Every evening, right about sunset, she would take a pie plate, spread some wet dog food out across its bottom, and then hand it to me. I would go out on the back porch, place the doggie dinner at the bottom of the steps, get comfortable and wait. As the sun loomed larger and…”

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by Owen Maercks on Mar 30, 2015
“As the monthly herptile columnist for Pet Business magazine, I aim to share ideas and what I laughingly refer to as the wisdom I have gathered from 36 years of reptile retailing. But over the years, I have also accrued a backlog of stories and amusing anecdotes along the way.…”
by Owen Maercks on Mar 1, 2015
“I went to my first reptile breeder’s convention in 1985. Looking back, I am breathless at the vast expanse of things I didn’t know, but that first show was an eye-opener. Like most American hobbyists at that time, my perception of rat snakes was limited to those native to the…”
by Owen Maercks on Feb 1, 2015
“In the pet specialty business, one distinction that separates the sale of herps and fish from dog and cat sales—and, to a lesser extent, bird sales—is the amount of education retailers need to impart to customers before a new pet can safely go home. In truth, all pets need an…”
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…”