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Reptiles such as snakes and lizards routinely make the list of the most reviled creatures by humans around the globe. This aversion, often exacerbated by media stereotypes painting these reptiles as vicious creatures, prevents these same people from understanding the benefits of reptiles and complicates the work of conservationists to preserve habitat, protect species, and study these creatures. Reptile enrichment specialist Jessica Hartman, makes the case that reptiles are vitally important to the ecosystem and imagines a world where the important study of these vertebrates leads to advances in cancer treatment, coronavirus research, search and rescue, and more. A native of central Florida, Jessica spent her formative years fascinated by the state’s bountiful variety of reptiles and amphibians. Today, she is an entrepreneur turned passionate conservationist with a mission of bringing people closer to wildlife. Her focus is educating youth on some of the world’s most misunderstood and detested species. Jessica founded a regional reptile outreach and educational program where she frequents local schools and learning centers to bring attention to problems such as habitat destruction, pollution, and human-wildlife conflicts. She started a local Reptile Youth Alliance with a goal to spread awareness about these issues and support local conservation efforts. Currently working with the National trust of the Cayman Islands Blue Iguana Conservation and Breeding Facility, Jessica intends to bring a group of volunteers to the island in 2021 to participate in the preservation efforts of a group of endangered cyclura iguanas. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at​

2nd Location in Eustis is OPEN!

We are very excited to announce that our 2nd location in Eustis, FL is NOW OPEN!!!


Be sure to check out our new children's book, Starla is Different. The main character is Starla the boa, a resident animal at our Eustis location!


When Abby and Lincoln find themselves lost in the forest, a chance to make an unexpected friend in Starla the Snake emerges. In this amusing and educational book series, Starla teaches the kids about kindness and embracing our differences.

*Highlighted throughout the book you will find Starla's Splendid Vocabulary, a fun way to build a strong vocabulary which can help children in all areas of communication and improves their imagination.

*Starla's Fun Facts on Boa Constrictors and a glossary of terms for Starla's Splendid Vocabulary are found in the back of the book.

Safari and Scales Podcast

Elizabeth Tran

Learn about trash fashion and sustainability with special guests Elizabeth Tran. 

Erica Huffstodt

Erica shares about working with Gorillas, Big cats, and Bats!

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Large Selection of Healthy Reptiles and Quality Supplies!

We are dedicated to bringing you top quality service, great selection and guaranteed low prices. Quantity buying allows us to sell our vast selection of REPTILE SUPPLIES at unbelievably low prices. We also offer REPTILES and other exotic animals from around the world. We carry every supply needed to care, maintain, and breed healthy reptiles.

Special Order Reptiles

Scales and Tails works closely with the best breeders to bring you healthy animals. Looking for something we don't have in the store? No problem. We can order that for you and have it shipped to our store for free. 


Saltwater fish, invertebrates, corals, freshwater fish, live plants, fish tanks and aquarium supplies.

Our experienced Aquarists offer a wide variety of in stock products, and services for all your aquaria needs. We support the aqua culture industry, providing our customers with captive bred fishes and corals when they are available. 


Interested in Volunteering? 

Are you interested in snakes,  turtles, lizards, and fish? Do you like biology? Would you like to learn all about reptiles and marine life?



1871 N. Nova Road

Holly Hill, FL 

Also in Eustis!

804 S. Bay Street

Eustis, FL 32726




Tues-Fri: 11:00am-6:00pm

Sat: 11:00am-6:00pm


Wed-Thurs: 11:00am-5:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm-6:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Sun: 10:00pm-2:00pm


Scales and Tails is proud to be a member of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce

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