Owning a reptile comes with its own set of responsibilities, separate from warm, furry pets. First-time reptile owners can attest to the confusion — crickets, not kibble — and the calming effect these creatures have. These area experts know and have everything reptile lovers new and old need to keep their cold-blooded critters going.
2813 Veterans Memorial Highway
Austell, GA 30168
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; closed Sun
AniMart Pets in Austell is Atlanta’s premiere exotic pets retailer. The locally owned and operated store doesn’t sell cats or dogs; just birds, fish and reptiles. This wonderful family store has been in business for 25 years and its incredibly helpful and knowledgeable staff can help you choose the right exotic pet. Their reptile selection is extensive and their specialty is snakes of all kinds, including pythons, boas, king snakes, milk snakes and more. Frogs, lizards, turtles and spiders are also available for purchase. In addition, AniMart Pets also offers a wide selection of exotic pet supplies to keep your reptile healthy. If you’re looking for a top-notch reptile specialist, AniMart Pets is the perfect choice.
6449 Bells Ferry Rd.
Woodstock, GA 30189
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned, family owned and operated pet store, look no further than Animal Atlanta in Woodstock. This shop has been in business for 22 years and the owners really know their stuff. In fact, Animal Atlanta is so popular that local celebrities and sports stars shop shop at Animal Atlanta for their own pet needs. The store not only sells cats, dogs, fish and birds, but also a wide selection of reptiles and amphibians, including frogs, crabs, Chinese water dragons, newts, salamanders, skinks, iguanas and more. If the furless pet is your choice, then a trip to Animal Atlanta is worth your time.
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Lori’s Amazing Pets and Supply
45 Darby’s Crossing Ct.
Hiram, GA 30141
Hours: Mon – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m; closed on Tues; Wed to Fri – 12 to 7 p.m; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
Atlanta Exotic Pets
4015 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Ste. 340
Norcross, GA 30092
Hours: Mon, Tues and Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed – closed; Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For professionals in the wide world of exotics, Atlanta Exotic Pets promises a great variety of reptiles and arachnids. Expect pet owners who understand reptilian needs from how to set up a frog’s terrarium to what exactly you’re supposed to feed a uromastyx. This shop also boasts an array of supplies for any reptile, and a solid series of books and magazines just for reptile lovers. Come here for ball pythons and other snakes, lizards, uromastyx, frogs and turtles.
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