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 when asked. It is a story I have heard widely repeated from a number of sources who were active in the herp community at the…”

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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…”
by Owen Maercks on Apr 1, 2014
“Regular readers of this column will know that every month, I try to pass on tips and inspiration to bring greater success and pleasure to those who have chosen to work as reptile-sales associates. This month, however, in recognition of April Fool’s Day—one of my favorite holidays—I am going to…”
by Owen Maercks on Mar 1, 2014
“  One of the things I have noticed in the big chain/box store pet departments that makes me wonder—and smile—is the stunning lack of proper caging and supplies for the animals they choose to market. It is one of those shortcomings that independent retailers like me can use to maintain…”