Store of the Month – August 2019
Reptiles N Reefs
629 North Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89014
|Monday:||11:00am – 7:00pm|
|Tuesday:||11:00am – 7:00pm|
|Wednesday:||11:00am – 7:00pm|
|Thursday:||11:00am – 7:00pm|
|Friday:||11:00am – 7:00pm|
|Saturday:||10:00am – 6:00pm|
|Sunday:||10:00am – 6:00pm|
Our Store of the Month for August is Reptiles N Reef’s in Henderson, Nevada! Like many reptile enthusiasts, store manager Ty Pillers was inspired to dive into the world of reptiles while watching Steve Irwin as a kid. Wrangling crocodiles may not be a daily task for Ty, but tanks full of reptiles, amphibians, insects (tarantulas, millipedes, centipedes, true spiders), fresh and saltwater fish, and corals are constantly rotating through his store. At work Ty is particularly fond of their prehensile tailed skink, but at home cares for a savannah monitor and a pair of false water cobras (Hydrodynastes gigas).
The store is split 50/50 between reptiles and aquatics, with saltwater fish and corals being the bulk of their aquatic selection. When asked which shop animal was the most challenging to keep, Ty replied Acropora coral due to their sensitivity to water chemistry changes. Luckily, Reptiles N Reefs offers water testing to their customers (and it’s even free on some days of the month!).
Reptiles N Reefs has been open since December 2011, but it was bought by its current owner, Loren back in November 2014. “We decided to buy the store because we’ve always had a huge love for animals, especially reptiles, and wanted to do something together that we truly love. We always strive to give the best customer service because we feel like it’s important to treat people in the same way we would like to be treated. We love what we do and feel blessed to own a family operated business!”
Ty also noted the family feeling, not just for employees, but for customers. He recalled a little boy that came in to the shop one time to gift them a snake playground made of paper and tape. Their commitment to customers and sharing their love of animals is obvious to anyone who visits this store.
If you live near Henderson, Nevada and visit during the month of August, take a selfie while you’re there! If you post it with #zmstoreofthemonth, you’ll get free Zoo Med stickers and a lanyard, and be entered to win $100 of Zoo Med products of your choice!