The Retail Store

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptile Retail StoreAt House of Reptiles we specialize in reptile and amphibian care. The owner and staff have over 70 years combined experience in the care of these exotic animals. At our store we have over 200 animals representing more than 100 different species (see Store Animals) of lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and invertebrates (tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes and cockroaches). Besides having the largest selection of animals and products available in our area, our customers also enjoy seeing our display animals – like “Lilith” (our 14′ Burmese python), “Dziko” (our adult female leopard tortoise), and “Pago” and “Priscilla” (our adult pair of Argentine black and white tegus).

Reptile, Amphibian and Invertebrate Care

We have a full library of books for sale, care sheets for over 200 different species of animals that are free for our customers, as well as a number of other free information sheets including:

  • Calcium and Phosphorous Content of Common Vegetables and Fruits
  • Dealing With Your Pet Snake‘s Aggressive Behavior
  • Feeder Animals and Nutritional Comparisons
  • One Snake Per Cage Is Better
  • Toxic/Edible Plant List
  • How To Find Your Missing Snake
  • Using Frozen/Thawed Versus Live Rodents as Reptile Food
  • Getting Your Pet Snake to Start Eating
  • Salmonella
  • Feeder Invertebrate Care

We keep and maintain a current list of veterinarians in the Portland area who specialize in reptile and amphibian care, and we offer several health-care remedies used by herpetoculturists to treat a variety of conditions. We maintain a wide selection of “feeder” animals including five sizes of crickets, two sizes of mealworms, superworms, waxworms, black soldier fly larva, orange spotted and hissing cockroaches, live mice (all sizes), and frozen vertebrates (mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, soft fur rats, chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits).

We place a large emphasis on the proper care and feeding of these animals. Too many pet stores see reptiles and amphibians as just another revenue stream, and offer these animals without adequate (or accurate) care information. These stores are too often staffed by people who’ve never kept herps and who’ve received little, if any, training in the care of herps. Part of the reason we started the store in the first place was because we believed that it could be done properly.

Snakes at House of ReptilesSnakes, Lizards, and more

We are constantly striving to provide the largest selection of products that are the best available for keeping these kinds of animals healthy and content. We keep the store animals in the kinds of set-ups that customers will use in their homes, instead of the large commercial rack systems that other stores use. That way people can see exactly what we are talking about when we describe critical aspects of care to them. Since we have our own personal collections of reptiles and have successfully bred many different species of snakes and lizards, we have the expertise that can only be acquired through many years of experience.

Reptile Services

Our array of reasonably priced services includes:

  1. Live Animal Presentations: We make fun and educational reptile presentations to classrooms, birthday parties, libraries and other groups. See link on website for further details.
  2. Animal Care Services: We provide turtle beak trimming ($15), lizard and turtle nail cutting ($10), shed assistance and eye cap removal ($10), snake sexing ($10) and feeding assistance ($7.50 per day + food).  (Those services are free to customers who have purchased their animal from us.)
  3. Photo Shoots: We keep a wide range of animals that can be made available for professional photo shoots. The fees are based on time utilized, not number of animals requested – ask us about the complete list of available animals. Available by appointment only. In our store (one hour minimum) – $150/hour. At your location (one hour minimum, with one staff) – $175/hour. At your location (one hour minimum, with two staff) – $200/hour.
  4. House Calls: We make house calls to set up an enclosure or to troubleshoot problems with an animal’s environment. $50 for locations within 15 miles of our store.
  5. Store Tours: Conducted before or after the store is open to the public; this is a guided one-hour tour through the retail store and the Venomous Reptile Museum for groups of 10 or less ($75), or 11 to 20 ($125).

In keeping with our commitment to education, we offer teachers a 10% discount on all animals and supplies that are used in the classroom.

The Venomous Reptile Museum

In February 2012, we opened our latest venture – the Venomous Reptile Museum. It is located in a portion of the retail store that we renovated to house it and began with around 20 animals and have added several since then. For a more complete description of the museum and listing of animals, you can check out the link on this website.

If you are shopping for gifts, we also have a wide selection of reptile and amphibian related books, DVDs, t-shirts, posters, mugs, toys, greeting cards and candy that any herp enthusiast would love to receive!

House of Reptiles is located at 11507 S.W. Pacific Highway in Tigard, Oregon (just off I-5 at the 99W/Tigard exit, exit #294).

Our phone number is (503) 722-1992.

We are open:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 7pm
  • Closed Thursday
  • Saturday from 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday from noon to 5pm

Come see why we are the #1 reptile and amphibian store in the Pacific Northwest.