The owner of a pet store hopes surveillance video will help catch thieves who took a Chameleon.
The process of traveling from the treetops in Africa to our homes here in the U.S. is not an easy one for T. melleri. After the stress of capture and a long journey, often with very little, if any, food and water provided, a wild-caught chameleon will eventually arrive at a pet store, reptile show or other way-station before ultimately arriving at its final destination in our homes, and the care it receives and the amount of stress it endures will vary. No matter what, though, expect any T. melleri you bring home to be thin and dehydrated at the very least.
If you’re looking for exotic pets, like snakes, chameleons, lizards, turtles or monitors, Lori’s Amazing Pets is a great choice. Located in Hiram, this amazing pet store specializes in birds, reptiles, fresh and saltwater fish. The store’s resident mascot is a wonderful Blue Rhino, the only one in the state of Georgia. So, if you’re looking for expertise and personal advice, head over to Lori’s Amazing Pets and Supply.
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Over our first few articles, we’ve taken a fairly holistic approach to how the proper inclusion of reptiles in your pet store can really assist your bottom line. This month, we’re going to shift gears slightly to talk about a specific animal, the veiled chameleon, and how it can do wonders for your store’s profit margin, despite something of a negative reputation.Your store likely already carries many of the supplies necessary to house veiled chameleons, ready to sell to new reptile owners. Gated cages are particularly easy to find and are made by numerous manufacturers. One item of note, however, comes in terms of lighting. Veiled chameleons require both UVA and UVB lighting, which becomes another advantage for the pet store owner.This level of feeding is of particular interest to a savvy pet store owner. With a veiled chameleon running through approximately 30 to 60 crickets in a week, a chameleon owner will need to buy crickets every 7-10 days. And, since crickets aren’t among the supplies carried by most “big box” grocery stores, a veiled chameleon in the home means a visit to your pet store on a near weekly basis.Our experience, in fact, shows that by dropping the price on a veiled chameleon to a mere 100 percent markup, a pet store owner can see over double their usual profit, when other necessary materials are factored in.A key thing to remember here is that reptiles have to be priced properly in order to ensure turnover in your store. In our experience, veiled chameleons tend to vary wildly in terms of price, sometimes even approaching a 400 percent markup over wholesale. However, by reducing price in accordance with our recommendations earlier in this series, a savvy pet store owner can more than make up the difference in profit by selling necessary add-ons.Keeping in mind the various maladies to look for, a chameleon may be carefully chosen from either a reputable pet store or from a breeder. Breeders can be located through recommendation of a veterinarian, reptile shows, or magazines. Mail order chameleons should be avoided; not only can you not see what you are purchasing, but also shipping is often highly stressful for them.