From snakes to chameleons, the San Francisco area has an excellent selection of cold-blooded friends and supplies. Slither over to one of these bay area shops for all of your reptilian purchases.
This reptile haven happens to be located in Berkeley (between Virginia St & Hearst Ave) — but it’s definitely worth the short drive. The selection of reptiles, amphibians and other critters in this store rivals a zoo. Despite the size, the exhibits are well arranged. The store is clean and not overcrowded. East Bay Vivarium also hosts parties. They will delight your guests with a creepy critter show.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.;
Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Animal Connection is in the outer Sunset neighborhood between 30th and 31st Ave. The store is large, well stocked and tended to with care. If they don’t have a product you need, they will order it if possible. They care about their animals and customers and it comes through in their service.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cal’s Pet Supply is located in the outer Richmond neighborhood between 21st and 22nd Ave. The store is small and clean, with an excellent stock. The owners are wonderful and have a local flair. Cal’s has a boutique feel without the boutique price tag.
Hours: Call for hours
For a truly hands-on experience, check out this store in Campbell. They have a “wall of fear” board with pictures of kids holding some of the giant reptiles. The store will let your kids do the same on a weekday if they are not too busy. Call ahead for a special treat — find out when reptile feeding time is and plan your visit around the event.
Hours: Mon to Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This store is not just a traditional pet store. They get their animals from local animal shelters and rescue centers. In addition to selling high quality pet supplies, they are helping their community and the animals in it
Looking for something a bit more traditional? Check out this local pet adoption service specializing in finding home for senior dogs.
Jennifer Azevedo is a writer living in San Francisco. Her work can be found at http://www.examiner.com/new-moms-in-san-francisco/jennifer-azevedo