“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. They also have very long life ratings and can last up to five years before maintenance is required. Another great feature is that they generate…”

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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…”
by Owen Maercks on May 1, 2014
“      I am often asked, almost exclusively by folks outside the herp hobby or trade, “What’s trending in your business?” Those within the field know that “trending” is hardly an applicable word—the popularity of various exotic species seem to fluctuate on 10-year cycles, in contrast to the typically fast…”