<b><u>Answer to Q#1</b></u> You have to keep in mind that stores will be stores, you cannot quarantine and sick animals will get in from time to time (though some more than others). However some stores are able to control this much better than others. General pet stores (both private and chain stores) are quite frightening in the reptile department, I have yet to encounter one that was even halfway acceptable. Reptile specialty stores are definitely a step up, but still many aren't that far off from how their animals are kept, etc.
<B><U>Answer to Q#2</B></U> I don't want this to come across as being biased because I work there, but rather more of an insiders opinion. Kris' Reptiles is definitely one of the best stores I've been in. Doesn't even smell like a store, smells like flowers most of the time
The animals are cared for, their needs are put first and foremost, if an animal needs veterinary care, that's what it gets. They are well fed, water bowls are kept clean and filled (several times daily for the ones that like to make us work
), and cages are spot cleaned daily and fully cleaned as needed. Snakes are provided with feed and shed records. And if we don't feel you are capable of caring for the animal properly, or you don't have the necessary experience for the animal, we have no problem refusing a sale