Exotic Reptiles Store Near me
Run, Don't Walk- AWAY FROM ACKS!
So I was looking for a community based, clean, caring alternative to the chain pet stores found everywhere, so I decided to give Ack's a shot. Being also well-versed in reptiles (particularly chelonians) and very active in the local herpetology networks, I was excited to visit an exotics store with interesting stock! So I made the drive to Cicero.
Didn't take long after entering for my heart to sink and my stomach to churn. The uromastyx were emaciated, the sulcatas were pyramiding... (raised scutes from nutritional problems), the collared lizards and horned dragons were covered in feces, the snakes had piles of soggy old shed in addition to their feces, there was species kept together that have vastly different temperature and humidity requirements, and that's merely a start of the complaints pertaining only to thecold blooded section of the store!!!
Now I am admittedly NOT as well versed in mammals and birds, but even I can tell you an african grey should not live in a cockatiel cage, and fennec foxes should not be laying recumbant with a gaping wound on its side.
And the list could go on... I assure you that I am not simply a woman with a grudge (I actually found the staff pleasant and friendly). Nor am I aposer orliar who doesn't know my stuff- trust me, I do. I am a considerate, intelligent individual who will unfortunately need to return to the chair stores- in this case, the lesser of the evils.