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Reptile Category

Nov 1, 2019

The Heat is On

There’s no better source of warmth and light for reptiles than the sun, but as pets, these cold-blooded animals need specialized products within their indoor home in order to maintain proper body temperatures. Without access to direct sunlight, companion reptiles require a temperature gradient in their habitats. That means a heat source on one side […]

Oct 1, 2019

Vibrant Lizards

When it comes to reptiles as pets, lizards are a favorite for many consumers. Many lizards make good pets because of their gentle demeanor, ease of care and the availability of a multitude of interesting colors and patterns. In fact, in his September 2018 Management piece, John Mack, founder and CEO of Reptiles by Mack, […]

Sep 1, 2019

Core Comforts

While some pets have the freedom to regularly roam unattended and explore a variety of areas inside their owners’ homes, snakes and other reptiles are not afforded such opportunities as curling up on the living room couch or catching some rays while camped along a windowsill. A herp’s terrarium is its true home, and within […]

Aug 1, 2019

Hungry Herps

When it comes to a diet for pet reptiles, the two most obvious options are live and frozen foods. Live food can be something as simple as crickets and mealworms to feeder fish, mice or rats. Frozen food includes any food that must be kept below 32º F. Stocking live or frozen food is more […]

Jul 1, 2019

Herp Habitats

When it comes to reptile owners, millennials, followed by Gen Xers, account for 35 percent and 31 percent, respectively, of all reptile owners in 2018, according to the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey. Generally, these owners spend plenty of time researching the type of reptile best fits their lifestyle, which is vital for a […]

May 1, 2019

Good Grub

Reptiles are unique pets compared to their furry or feathered counterparts. The care that goes into maintaining their well-being differs, but like any pet, they require an adequate, healthy diet. The herp diet is as diverse as the animals that encompass this category. From carnivores to herbivores and everything in between, each type of reptile […]

Apr 1, 2019

Replicating a Natural Habitat

When it comes to reptiles, giving them a space that has everything they need is crucial. This is what terrariums are for. Simply put, a terrarium is a container designed to hold small plants or animals in a controlled environment. But while the terrarium itself is simple, the environment it ultimately creates is much more […]

Mar 1, 2019

Reptile Care 101

The number of reptiles kept as pets has increased greatly over the past several years. Over the last decade, more species have become available to herp enthusiasts, more stores are carrying them and more consumer reptile shows are taking place in metropolitan areas. These are all factors that are contributing to the increase in herp […]

Feb 4, 2019

Bottom’s Up

Every part of a pet’s environment and habitat plays a role in their health, including the floor. Although it may be not seem like much, the substrate in a reptile’s terrarium helps control odor and temperature. It also gives reptiles a surface that feels much like nature. That replication of the creature’s natural environment is […]

Jan 7, 2019

Getting an Extra Boost

Although reptiles don’t rank at the top of pet ownership in the United States, people who own herps are passionate about these creatures and are dedicated to the well-being of their beloved pets. Vitamins and minerals are key elements to any diet, providing the nutrients necessary to function well. This is even more vital for […]

Dec 4, 2018

Looking Back at the Reptilian Winners of the Last Year

As the days grow longer and the nights grow colder, and we take some time to celebrate a year gone by with friends and family, we often take a moment for self-reflection and self-improvement. We take stock of our successes and failures, as we contemplate where to go as the New Year opens. And, of […]

Nov 6, 2018

Advancements in Reptile Breeding and Care Impact Industry

While I spend much of my time in these articles offering advice for pet retailers and pet store owners, it’s to everyone’s benefit to take a step outside of the store and examine where all these animals are coming from and what advancements have occurred within the realm of reptile breeding. As we’ve discussed in […]