As a child, owner Christian Kaleta grew up watching friends catch Garter and Fox Snakes, but his interests at that time were exclusively fish. After moving to Arizona and taking a position at a full-line pet store, his interests quickly adapted to include reptiles and amphibians after interacting with the store’s exotic Panther Chameleons and Dart Frogs.
Christian began to breed his own Panther Chameleons and Armored Chameleons, and met fellow hobbyist Brian Kimball who helped change his hobby as a breeder into a business. They started producing animals in a larger quantity to sell at shows, and were soon hosting the shows themselves! It was during this time that Christian noticed the untapped potential of the Arizona reptile hobby and quickly dived into having his own exotic pet shop. In 1999, Predators Reptile Center opened its doors.
Predators Reptile Center works with schools and local community events doing outreach programs. Christian also sits on the board of the Arizona Herpetological Association. The objective of the staff at Predator’s Reptile Center is to provide a clean, fun, and informative place for customers to enjoy this hobby. They pride themselves in providing great quality, great pricing, and above all, great customer service. If you find yourself in the area, you should definitely stop by and check them out!