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 our amphibians to let me know what we might need. He typically replies, “Oh, the usual Woolworth’s assortment.” When he and I were kids, before…”

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“Pet Business: What are some of the benefits of utilizing LED lighting in a terrarium setup? How has LED technology improved upon previous technology?Rita Zarate: LED lighting has some very unique benefits for terrarium lighting applications. LEDs are very efficient and use very little energy, making them inexpensive to operate.…”
by Owen Maercks on Jul 31, 2014
“I was sitting outside my store the other day, eating lunch and watching the turtles lazily paddle around their lagoon. As a family sauntered out of the store, I heard the mother say, “I can’t believe they have so many rattlesnakes—and such a variety of colors. Is that even legal?”This…”
by Owen Maercks on Jul 1, 2014
“The evolution of legislation governing the sale and ownership of wildlife in San Francisco begins with an urban legend. There is scant documentation of the incident, but knowing the parties concerned, it seems plausible, and the politician at the heart of the story has not confirmed or denied the story…”
by Owen Maercks on Jun 1, 2014
“I cannot count the number of times folks have walked up to me in the shop and said, “You have about the scariest job in the world.” I don’t, of course. Not even close. Although, admittedly, dealing with the general public is terrifying. I do know what they are getting…”