Lincoln reptile shop to expand with unusual pets

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A Lincoln reptile and pet shop is looking to expand following month on month growth in sales of unique critters from far and wide.

Lincoln Reptile and Pet Centre has imported and exported some of the world’s most unusual insects and animals from Europe, like blue iguanas, to redistribute them to their new forever homes.

The company sells everything from giant prickly stick insects and spiny flower mantis to skunks.

The businesses imports its stock from across Europe, collecting them six to eight times a year. It also gets bespoke requests for certain animals, but always makes sure that only people who are able to look after these animals receive them.

Alyss Dickinson, Partner of Lincoln Reptile and Pet Centre said: “We ship all over the UK using a reptile carrier and get asked about international trading too. We just sent some snakes out to Germany last weekend.”

They are now looking to expand with a second site, in addition to its one on Newark Road, Lincoln, in 2018, which will allow the company to create an additional 10 jobs for the area.

Alyss Dickinson, Partner of Lincoln Reptile and Pet Centre said: “The business is getting more and more successful on a monthly basis. It’s prompting us more now to get a second shop, which is looking like 2018, which will be bigger in addition to this one.

“We want to focus on the aquatic side including tropical cold water and marine life. We would look at employing people who have already got the qualifications to deal with them.

“We’re still in the very basic planning of it but it will create up to about 10.”