Herptiles

by Owen Maercks on Aug 1, 2012
“Many years ago, I had the opportunity to meet an elderly gentleman who would, a few years later, become my grandfather-in-law. I quickly learned that he was equally eager to meet me, having heard through the family of my work with reptiles. He wanted to share stories of his boyhood encounters with snakes in Texas. Within a few sentences, our conversation took quite a surprising turn. He told me detailed tales of his multiple skirmishes…”

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by Owen Maercks on Jul 1, 2012
“The next time you walk into a competitor’s store, particularly if it’s one of the big-box stores, check out their selection of snakes. Almost inevitably, the selection of snakes you see boil down to this: corn snakes, with maybe a few color-morph variations; Colombian boa constrictors; ball pythons; and just…”
by Owen Maercks on Jun 1, 2012
“We’re in the wrong business.I can’t think of another business like ours. Imagine if, instead of selling reptiles, we sold dresses. Dresses don’t die. They don’t require daily feeding and upkeep. They don’t poop on the rack. Most important, you don’t have to spend an hour teaching your customer how…”
by Owen Maercks on May 1, 2012
“I got a call the other day from a woman who had purchased a baby bearded dragon from me a few months ago. Her dragon had recently started regurgitating its crickets. She asked if this was a problem and why it might be happening. I replied that, indeed, it was…”
by Jonathan Rheins on Apr 1, 2012
“Reptiles and amphibians are ectotherms, meaning they rely on their environment for bodily warmth. While mammals produce their own body heat, herps must move into warmer or cooler areas within their habitat to maintain a healthy internal body temperature. This target temperature is typically based on species, habitat and the…”