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Published August 31st 2013
Totally reptile, totally awesome
If you are looking for a weird, wonderful and slightly scary experience, Totally Reptiles in Greensborough could be just the place for you.
The squawking can be heard before you even open the door. It is a friendly back to nature hello from the resident Eclectus Parrot. Of course he also speaks English and is quick to say hello when you go near his cage. Jody, the owner, rejected other's name suggestions, like KFC, when naming the parrot. So now he is now simply called him 'Bird'. He hops out of the cage and follows her around. When told to 'stay' Bird ignores the command because 'He's as obedient as a three year old!' Jody explains.
I first found this shop, at the back of a castle (yes really), when we found an unidentified lizard in a log. The friendly staff were quick to identify the Marble Gecko for us.
Jody is the owner and takes clearly pride in her reptiles. She is happy to let you hold her creatures if you are willing.
The most purchased reptiles are the snakes and the bearded dragons. The carpet snakes are a bargain starting from only $160. Jody thinks the dragons are the ideal pet because they are friendly and easy to hold. Personally, I think there's a reason they are called dragons.
I fell in love with the turtles. The baby turtles are just about the cutest little creatures I've ever seen. At 4mths old and with a shell of 4cm I could watch them for hours and I'm sure the staff wouldn't mind.
The most unusual pet Totally Reptile sell is the bird eating spider. I wasn't too keen on even photographing the arachnid but luckily it was only a baby. It grows up to 22cm when measured from one leg to the opposite leg. Apparently they eat crickets, meal worms and the odd baby rat. That's definitely off my possible occupation list.
Baby bird eating spider
Totally Reptile sell all sorts of lovable creatures including fish, snakes, lizards and dragons, birds, turtles, yabbies, frogs, scorpions and as if there weren't enough creepy crawlies around ... a new one for me … a litter bug! The shop sells everything for the reptile such as the enclosure, food and lighting. They also supply the forms for licenses if needed. My 10 year old could fill it out.
Normally I wouldn't like the thought of a python being so close to me but the scare factor probably increased the enjoyment in a strange, sick kind of way. This was certainly a different way to spend some time on the weekend and I was lucky enough to leave empty handed. For a fun and educational weekend outing it's worth a visit.