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It's not quite double the price, ...
It's not quite double the price, but it really depends on what you're buying," said Pete Bandre, owner of Incredible Pets in Melbourne.
He doesn't sell raw game meats but does carry established brands of all-natural pet foods.
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"It probably won't get larger than a kitten, but the requirements of the cage are going to be much bigger," said Pete Bandre, owner and president of Incredible Pets in Melbourne.
Buying an exotic pet is not as easy as buying a cat or a dog.
"For starters, a (customer) needs to already have a veterinarian lined up before they purchase animals here," Bandre
But as exotics become more expensive along with the state's tightening restrictions, Bandre
said it's less likely that people will purchase exotic pets without thinking twice -- maybe three times.
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In 1997, a group of juvenile boas were imported from Suriname by Zoo Botanica of Miami and were later acquired by Peter Bandre of Incredible Pets.
FLORIDA TODAY asked domestic ...
FLORIDA TODAY asked domestic pet experts (Pete Bandre, owner of Incredible Pets in Melbourne, John Norris, owner of Bayside Pets in Palm Bay and said Sara Lippincott, manager of shelter outreach for PetFinder.com) for tips.
...Some of the best starter pets are freshwater Japanese Betta fish and grommies, said Pete Bandre, owner of Incredible Pets in Melbourne (www.incrediblepets.com), which recently added a new aquarium section to the store.
"Those require very little care," Bandre
said."They don't have to have actively moved water."
Freshwater fish that do require filtration systems are still good pets for youngsters, though, Bandre
said, as long as Mom or Dad is willing to help clean the tanks.
Feeding freshwater fish and sliding your finger up and down the glass might seen fun to a young child, but might not be too exciting for a pre-teen or teenager, however.
says small lizards are good for kids ages 6 to 9, and snakes are better for teens and pre-teens.
"It depends on what their interests are," Bandre
At Incredible Pets
, South American monkeys are usually in stock, Bandre
said, but folks should only consider them as a pet if they're willing to keep them for 15 years or longer and give them as much attention as they would a child.
"You really have to entertain them and make sure they have a certain amount of socialization," Bandre
Plus, the rarer the animal, the more expensive.
In 1997 a group of juveniles ...
In 1997 a group of juveniles boas were imported from Suriname by Zoo Botanica of Miami and were then later aquired by Peter Bandre of Incredible Pets.