If you have managed to find a reptile store in your city considers yourself very lucky. Most of us are stuck with great challenges in our choices of where to buy our reptiles and get advice about our pets.
If you are one of the unlucky people living in a city without a good reptile store you still have some great options. The first option is to check into your other local pet stores and find out how complete a reptile collection they carry. Ask them some critical questions about reptile care, habitat, or other questions to determine their expertise. Usually, you will find a pet store in most larger stores where at least one of the owners or staff are very knowledgeable about reptiles. This contact can be just what you need.
The next stop should be at your pet supply supercenter. It is going to be rarer, but sometimes you will find an employee who understands reptiles very well. Most of the time they have a great collection of supplies, reptile habitats, and even live reptiles for you to choose from. Their biggest failing is almost always in the knowledge area.
If you are feeling like a great adventure start checking to see if you can locate professional breeders for your species of reptiles. The breeders are going to be the most knowledgeable person you will find, but are not normally going to have supplies and other materials you need for your pets. They will be able to point you in the right direction for finding the best sources in the area.
What if you start striking out on all of these options to find someone to help you? Then your best option is to deal with online sources. They can give you advice via email, chat, and telephone. Many of the online sellers have contacts with pet stores and other breeders you do not know about.
If you are really an avid reptile fan it may be time for you and some of your other reptile owning friends to ask a very serious question. Is there a large enough demand in your city for a reptile store? It is possible you or another reptile lover may look at this lack as an opportunity to take their passionate love of reptiles and turn it into a career. A good reptile store in a medium to a large city can have a great business. Fans of reptiles will quickly learn it is the perfect place to buy new pets, get supplies, and find an understanding friend.
While you may have trouble finding a dedicated reptile store do not let this slow down your love and ownership of reptiles. It is easy to find quality pets and advice with just a little effort on your part. The biggest tragedy is when people give up and never buy their first reptile. They are a joy to own, and most species recommended for beginners are very easy to take care of.