by Owen Maercks on Dec 1, 2014
“When I see kids wandering through my store, wide-eyed and slack-jawed, I try to imagine the store through their eyes. It must be amazing. Lizards as big as they are, tortoises that fit in the palms of their hands and snakes capable—even if unwilling—of swallowing them whole. Such a store hardly existed in my own youth, despite the fact that I was at the epicenter of the burgeoning U.S. exotic animal trade—South Florida. I remember…”

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by Owen Maercks on Nov 1, 2014
“It used to be that the go-to land turtle pet in the United States was the box turtle. In some parts of the country, that is still true, as they inhabit a wide swath of our natural habitat. In terms of our industry, however, box turtles as pets are on…”
by Owen Maercks on Oct 1, 2014
“A significant part of my time working with clients and their scaly pets is devoted to troubleshooting health problems. I always ask for a description of the basic husbandry that has been given to the pet in question. If the pet is a tortoise, the customer will inevitably say, “Every…”
by Owen Maercks on Sep 1, 2014
“Every week or so, I take a journey down to the local fish wholesalers, where I purchase assorted feeders, dry goods and the occasional oddball fish—herp people are big on things like lungfish, electric eels, and the like. Before I leave, I always ask the guy who takes care of…”
“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.…”