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While reptiles are one of America’s most popular pets, finding quality supplies at independent retailers can prove daunting. The Bay Area has a number of quality spots that sell both supplies as well as diverse and varied species. Local shops carry everything from cages and heaters to tasty reptile snacks like cockroaches and silkworms. Several area stores also provide highly sought after reptile boarding services. Here are five of the Bay Area’s best shops for reptile owners.
1827 5th St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Berkeley’s East Bay Vivarium is one of the Bay Area’s best specialty shops for reptile owners. The store sells a wide variety of supplies including tanks, food, heaters, lights and supplements. For those in search of a new pet, the shop also sells pythons, boas and other snakes, as well as lizards and turtles. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and a great resource for both new and veteran reptile owners alike. The Vivarium also offers hard-to-find boarding services for vacationing reptile owners.
1223 A St.
Hayward, CA 94541
Located in Hayward, the Reptile Room is a sunny store that stocks an excellent selection of reptile supplies. Customers will find live food such as rats, mice and crickets, as well as cages and feeders. The shop regularly accepts surrendered pets and in return has a diverse number of species for sale including turtles, snakes, frogs and geckos. Staff is friendly and helpful.
841 W. Hamilton Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell’s Pets And More caters to all small pet owners of all species, including dogs, cats and reptiles. Customers will find potential pets like chameleons, snakes and bearded dragons healthy and kept in clean cages. The shop’s live food selection includes mice, crickets and cockroaches. Staff is well-educated on reptiles and their care, and will take the time to ensure owners have all the supplies and information needed to keep pets healthy and happy. Pricing is very competitive and comparable to many of the big pet store chains.
2550 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
The Animal Connection is one of San Francisco’s longest running and biggest independent pet stores. It caters to a wide variety of small pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish and reptiles. The store has one of the best reptile frozen and live food selections around, and regularly stocks everything from rats and mice to silk, meal and blood worms. The Animal Connection also offers reptile grooming and boarding services.
1041 N. Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401
San Mateo company Augie & Amy’s is a hybrid store and reptile breeder. Run by two reptile hobbyists, Reptiles @ The Shop is truly devoted to the health and well-being of the animals it sells. The dragon and chameleon room is home to multiple breeder animals and live hatchlings are available for sale year ’round. The Shop stocks a variety feeder roaches and crickets, as well as a diverse selection of worm varieties. Call before visiting to confirm the shop is open, as hours may vary.