by Owen Maercks on Nov 1, 2012
“Those of you who have read my previous columns in Pet Business will be used to my tips and suggestions aimed at making independent retailers competitive in the herp marketplace. I will tell you that I am generally confident in the advice I give, given that I have been in the game for a third of a century now and have a fairly good handle on how to be creative, ethical, and have fun, while…”

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by Owen Maercks on Sep 30, 2012
“Whenever I sell a family its first reptile pet, I always let the parents know that they can expect the experience to go one of three ways: either the kids will love the herp as a pet and be satisfied on that level, or perhaps they will soon figure out…”
by Owen Maercks on Sep 1, 2012
“I was 10 years old when I set up my first desert terrarium. My mother had ordered a “desert kit” from a biological supply house—reptiles in a pet store were virtually unheard of at that time—and I gleefully unpacked the large shipping box. The box contained a 10-gallon tank, four…”
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…”
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…”