Jungle Bob’s love for reptiles started at a young age. After moving from the jungle of Manhattan, NY to Long Island where a small lake filled with frogs, toads, turtles and a variety of snake species quickly grabbed Bob’s interest. As time went by, Bob watched his favorite pet store change ownership three times in ten years. Bob could not understand why such a cool store could be going through so many changes? So to make a long story short, he became the fourth and final owner of that store and Jungle Bob’s Reptile World was born.
Located in Centereach, NY just over an hour outside NYC, Bob made an early decision to not only become a pet store, but to become a destination for all things reptile. Bob and his two sons, Tyler and Dylan anchor a team of seasoned professional reptile owners with over 150 years of combined experience.
Walking into this store is truly an experience. Whether you are visiting his Food Court to stock up on a variety of feeders or looking for the newest products from Zoo Med, Jungle Bob’s has it all!
Besides Bob’s large variety of reptile products, he distinguishes himself by educating people of all ages. Averaging over 150 outreach performances a year, Bob visits schools, camps, nature centers, senior citizen centers, and will even come to your birthday party. These educational yet entertaining interactive shows have become a driving force to properly introduce non-reptile people to these amazing creatures, and it has become a lifestyle for Bob.
“We forget that some kids have never seen a Bearded Dragon or a Corn Snake. I personally really enjoy seeing that light in a kid’s, or parent’s, eye when they first encounter them. It is the same bell that went off in my head years ago…as it did for many others who are in the hobby.”
- Jungle Bob
Bob’s Outback Nature Center is open April 15th to October 15th (weather permitting), where they perform daily Animal Encounters. The Outback is also known to throw a birthday party or two, and the list of guest speakers runs the gamut from staff members, breeders, and even paleontologists.
Open seven days a week and 362 days a year, Jungle Bob’s has everything for the advanced hobbyist, to the newest member of the reptile keeping community. Next time you are out on Long Island or need an escape from the concrete jungles of NYC, be sure to visit Jungle Bob’s Reptile World, it truly is an experience you will never forget!