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(credit: Lauren S./Yelp)


If dinosaurs ever piqued your interest, you might be a candidate for owning a reptile. Being a pet owner of a snake, lizard or turtle comes with different responsibilities than having a dog or cat. The rare and exotic experience of having a reptile in your home is unique and satisfying for many. Today’s pet stores offer more than the reptile and accessories — it’s also about educating new and current owners. Orange County’s best pet shops both educate owners and provide healthy reptiles.
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(credit: Reptile Island)


Reptile Island
3960 Prospect Ave.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 524-8442
www.facebook.com/ReptileIslandYL

Emphasizing education and at-home care, Reptile Island helps customers find the right reptile pet for their home. The store carries (in aquariums and tanks) lots of different and interesting cold-blooded reptiles such as frogs, iguanas, turtles, snakes, beardies (bearded dragons) and insects like tarantulas and arachnids. To give reptile pet owners the right tools in caring for their reptiles, this store has an exceptional reputation for customer service and knowledge of reptiles. Shoppers also come here for cork bark, Exo Terra plants and vines, the ZooMed product line, NewTek domes and Exo Terra terrariums.

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(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)


Reptile Rescue Orange County
Newport Beach, CA
(949) 291-0701
www.reptilerescueoc.org

Just like puppies and kitties, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates need loving and caring homes, too. This is the mission behind Reptile Rescue Orange County (RROC). They are a non-profit organization helping to provide caring and responsible homes for these types of pets. The rescue group focuses on rattlesnake removal and relocation, habitat design and manufacturing, boarding services as well as educational presentations and birthday parties. If you are thinking about adopting a snake (python or boa?), gecko or tarantula, RROC is serious about its adoption policy. Ensuring that the reptile is properly placed is a number one priority for RROC. Representatives from the organization provide new pet owners with the potential risks, feeding responsibilities and suitable home set up.

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(credit: Reptile zoo)


The Reptile Zoo
18822 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 500-0591
www.thereptilezoo.com

Whether you are window shopping or in for the long haul of bringing a reptile home with you, The Reptile Zoo offers both experiences. The store has pythons, boas, tortoises, lizards and the like to purchase and bring home. In addition, customers come to the store for food and feeding accessories, terrariums, incubators, lighting and heating, plants and décor. The other part of the store is literally just like a zoo. Entertaining for both kids and adults, The Reptile Zoo allows visitors to come in to check out hundreds of reptiles on display including a rhino iguana, 100-pound African Spur Thigh tortoise, an endangered Indian python and so many more. Kids love the interactive exhibit where visitors can get up-close and personal with a Ball Python, bearded dragon, Sulcata tortoise, leopard gecko and others. It’s a $3 admission.

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Super Pets
1807 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 633-1841
www.superpetsonline.com

Animals are a passion at Super Pets, a family-owned business in Orange County. In addition to dogs, cats, fish and birds, Super Pets has a wide selection of unique reptiles and exotic amphibians. Lizard breeds include bearded dragons, skinks, iguanas, geckoes, monitors and chameleons. The snakes at Super Pets comprise of boas (Rosy, Red Tailed, Central American), pythons (Carpet ad Ball), and Milk and King snakes, and frogs such as the Pac-Man and Tree frog. Tortoises, tarantulas, scorpions and giant millipedes are available, too. At Super Pets, reptile owners stock up on foods and supplies from Exo Terra, Zilla, Lee’s, Zoo-Med, Reptomin, Tetra and Tetrafauna.

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(credit: Samia N./yelp)


The Sand Bar Pet Shop
25571 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 768-0422
www.sandbarpet.com

The Sand Bar Pet Shop is a boutique family-run business that offers a variety of reptiles, fish, and dogs and cats that are, for the most part, locally bred. This pet shop, which is clean and orderly, keeps a healthy stock of geckos, snakes, amphibians, lizards, turtles and tortoises, skinks and arachnids, and employs a philosophy of keeping humans and pets healthy and safe. Reptile pet owners can shop for products by Zoo Med Laboratories, Zilla, Exo Terra as well as corkbark by the pound. Eric and Darby, owners of The Sand Bar Pet Shop, are known for doing the kid birthday party tour in Orange County — the parents and kids both love seeing these scaly and slithery reptiles up close.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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