Despite their tough-guy attitudes, reptiles can be delicate creatures to keep. Lighting, temperature and humidity can affect whether a reptile will absorb calcium, deflect parasites or avoid a scale and skin disease. You can’t stock a lizard’s preferred optimum temperature zone (POTZ), but you can stock vitamin, calcium and humidity boosters with special formulas for indoor and outdoor pets. 

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Essential Elements

Calcium is the bone-building element that grounds the entire skeletal system, and it’s directly related to a reptile’s heartbeat, metabolism and nerve signals. If a family reptile is suffering from a dietary issue, chances are it’s related to calcium. Maybe they’re not getting enough, or need an accentuating element like magnesium or vitamin D to metabolize and digest it properly. 

Essential vitamins for reptiles

Liquid Calcium-Magnesium Supplement 

EXOTERRA BY HAGEN

Selling point: A combination liquid power pack of calcium and magnesium to maintain strong bones. 

Marketing tip: Passes directly into the small intestine, which means high absorption rates. 

exo-terra.com, (800) 724-2436

Reptile Cactus 
TIMBERLINE

Selling point: Serve up fresh calcium to herbivores and omnivores with this 80-gram cup of fresh-cut Nopales cactus.

Marketing tip: Play up the garden-fresh element and keep the cactus crisp in your store’s cooler. 

timberlinefresh.com, (800) 423-2248

Ultrafine Calcium Powder 
REP-CAL

Selling point: Oyster shells are ground into an ultra-fine powder in this phosphorous-free calcium carbonate, combined with vitamin D3 to boost absorption. 

Marketing tip: Mix it with fruits, vegetables and RepCal’s Herptivite for a full meal. 

repcal.com, (800) 406-6446


Shape Shifters

Even reptiles can use spa days, especially those that frequently lose a layer of skin. Give transforming creatures the comfort of an easy peel with the same approach you’d take at Club Med: Apply balms, lotions and steam to shed that tired old hide. For an added spa element, give out sachets of almond leaves as a DIY water conditioner.

Balms and lotions for reptiles

Repti Shedding Aid
ZOO MED

Selling point: Jojoba oil and vitamin E conditions reptile skin and provides a visible sheen as it helps snakes and lizards shake off dried-out skin. 

Marketing tip: The conditioner gives new skin a healthy luster, too. 

zoomed.com, (888) 496-6633

Shed-Ease Reptile Bath
ZILLA 

Selling point: Aloe vera combines with other emollients to soften old skin in 20 minutes and slide it off. 

Marketing tip: Also helps with shedding linked to stress, poor health, improper diet and lack of humidity. 

zillarules.com, (888) 255-4527

Bamboo Humidifier
GALÁPAGOS

Selling point: Fill this natural bamboo humidifying element with wet moss to promote shedding in woodland reptiles and amphibians. 

Marketing tip: It doubles as an egg incubator or tarantula hide. 

galapagospet.com, (805) 618-2829


Supplement Surge

Keeping a balance of vitamins and minerals is key to good reptile health, but what do you do with a picky eater? Serve up fresh greens with a dressing or find supplements that align with the pet’s preferences. Forget the jelly pot and excite your customers with vitamin and mineral fortified treats made just for their pets. 

Supplements for reptiles

Miner-All 
Sticky Tongue Farms

Selling point: Includes naturally grown aquatic vegetation, which brings 50 vital minerals like zinc, iron and copper.

Marketing tip: Available in two formulas, for indoor pets and sun bunnies.

stickytonguefarms.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Banana Cream Pie
Repashy 

Selling point: The recipe combines bananas, dates, honey, mango and watermelon — perfect for frugivores, which are herbivores and omnivores that prefer fruit. 

Marketing tip: Target owners of skinks, bearded dragons, iguanas, anoles and tortoises.

repashy.com, (855) 737-2749

Reptile Salad Dressing
Nature Zone 

Selling point: A splash of flavor encourages appetite and new food acceptance, with vitamins that brighten skin color and boost the nutrition of mixed greens.

Marketing tip: Available in strawberry for bearded dragons, cantaloupe for tortoises and musk melon for iguanas.

naturezonepet.com, (530) 343-5199


This article originally appeared in the May-June 2017 edition of PETS+.