Store of the Month – May 2022

NJ Exotic Pets

240 NJ-17 South, Lodi, NJ 07644

Store Hours:
Monday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm


10 years ago, Joe Aversa took over an aging Pet Store called the Aquarium on Route 4 in Elmwood Park, NJ.  Two locations and a name change later has brought NJ Exotic Pets to where it is today. Opening its doors to the public in June of 2021, NJ Exotic Pets set out from the start to give customers not only a pet store, but an ‘experience’ to enjoy.

Walk through a cave of creepy-crawly pet displays, see a barnyard of potbelly pigs, skunks, and hedgehogs, or visit their aviary with toucans, macaws, and conures.  Store artwork and displays were custom-designed and created by one of the store’s employees. It’s easy to forget you walked in off the street and you’re not in the jungle or a country barnyard.

Joe’s teammate at NJ Exotic Pets is Megan, the store’s long-time manager, Megan, and her staff are always eager to help customers with any of their reptile, small animal, or avian needs.  Along with their specialty and huge selection in reptiles, they also have a reputation for carrying unusual exotic mammals.  It’s not uncommon to see coatimundis, kinkajous, skunks, hedgehogs, and multiple varieties of opossums!

So, if you’re looking for a truly unique pet store experience a stone’s throw away from the Big Apple, check out NJ Exotic Pets!!!