Reptile owners have needs of their own, apart from the usual dog or cat pet owner. There are five local pet shops in Connecticut that specialize in reptiles and their needs. While some pet shops have services and products strictly for your pet’s habitat, others sell reptiles themselves. Check out one of these locally owned businesses to find all the items you may need.

Harris In Wonderland
12 West Main St.
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 674-0160

At Harris In Wonderland, reptile owners will find an abundance of animals and supplies for sale. They sell reptiles, amphibians, lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises and sugar gliders, among other animals. Pet owners will also find a gold mine of reptile products and supplies. Examples of products include, but are not limited to, heaters, heat and light reflector domes, hide boxes, fresh air habitats, floor substitutes and misting machines. One can expect to find all of their pet needs at Harris In Wonderland.

Slither And Swim
38 Saw Mill Road
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932-9436

With 25 years of experience, Slither And Swim are pros when it comes to reptiles and fish. They specialize in reptiles and fish, providing a wide variety of animals, food and supplies for sale. They are located in Phipps Plaza in West Haven, Connecticut. They are conveniently located seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Products for sale include items for their tanks or encaptures, making it feel more like home, as well as reptile food. Animals for sale include but are not limited to tree frogs, geckos, chameleons, salamanders and snakes. Shoppers can also browse their fish and marine section and spiders. On occasion, Slither And Swim hosts seasonal reptile shows and even birthday parties.

All Pets Club
1167 North Colony Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-1899

All Pets Club is exclusive to Connecticut and has expanded to four local locations including Wallingford, Branford, North Windham and Southington. Together these four locations work together to ensure you have what you need for your reptile. Their staff are knowledgeable on providing owners with information about the reptiles, the care each requires, and what products you will need to create a safe environment for your pet. Online you can find a list of availability of each animal for sale by location and approximately how many are available. R Club members receive reduced prices on select animals or products. Reptiles available for sale include frogs, chameleons, geckos, lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. All Pets Club are also experts on dogs, cats, fish and other small animals.

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Exotic Reptilez
39 Woodtick Road
Waterbury, CT 06705
(203) 482-0313

Shoppers will find one of the largest selections in the state for their reptiles and reptiles needs. Reptiles for sale include lizards, turtles and tortoises, frogs and snakes. They also sell feeders such as crickets, mice, frozen chicks, mealworms and horn worms. Supplies are available for all your pet needs. One of the best conveniences of this pet store is that their pick-ups are available within 15 minutes.

New England Herpetoculture
5 Cross St.
Meriden, CT 06451

New England Herpetoculture is a family owned business and the best local herpetoculture specialists. They strive to help you build and create the perfect home for your reptile, as well as provide a variety of supplies that you might need. They sell live vivarium supplies and plants for your habitat. They also sell live bugs and supplies such as phoenix worms, flies, springtails, and isopods. Their products include lighting and bulbs, wood decor, caves, electrical needs, supplies for misting and fogging, and supplies for heating and cooling. It is a one-stop shop with local experts.

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