Opening in 1985, the Pet Zone has been a hub for reptile and aquatic enthusiasts in northeastern Pennsylvania for almost 30 years. While the store is full line and carries anything that you could need for a variety of pets, they specialize in reptiles as well as fresh and saltwater fish. If there is a product you need, chances are they have it, and if not, they can get it in short order. They can also custom make fish tank and terrarium stands and hoods.
When the store first opened, owner Bill Pambianco Sr. and his wife Michelle specialized in exotic fish and birds. As his son Bill Jr. grew up and showed interest in the store, his expertize and fascination with reptiles soon carried over into the store. This expertize included the breeding of many of the reptiles available at the store. Store bred Ball Pythons, Bearded Dragons, Burmese Pythons, Crested Geckos, and more are available for sale. The store has remained family owned and operated ever since.
One of the things that make Pet Zone special is their dedication to education. For years, Bill Jr. has been running a traveling exhibit to educate the public on reptiles. He has taken his interactive show to schools, fairs, trade shows, and more.
A few years ago he took this to new level by creating ‘The Cave’, a reptile zoo and education center located right in the basement of the store! ‘The Cave’ provides education and hands-on demonstrations ever Friday and Saturday for anyone who stops by. The public also gets the chance to view a number of animals feeding, including two American Alligators and a number of venomous and non-venomous snakes and lizards. Along with being open to the public on weekends, ‘The Cave’ is also open to groups for special events. They have hosted school groups, boy scouts, girl scouts, birthday parties, and more.
So, if you would like to see a pet store that is more than a pet store, pay a visit to the Pet Zone!