While New Hampshire may not be known for harboring exotic wildlife, that is not the case in Plaistow. Located off of 125 South, Zoo Creatures is a retail pet store with a twist.
“We sell everything from snakes to lizards to frogs to tortoises,” specialist Dan Bilodeau, store manager says. Zoo Creatures has an extensive selection of reptiles, birds, and aquaria, ranging from small lizards to massive pythons, and everything in between. Reptiles are of particular interest at Zoo Creatures, and they breed rare and exotic reptiles onsite.
The second-story of the Zoo Creatures building is actually how the pet store came to be. In 1998, Kevin McCurley started the New England Reptile Distributors (NERD). Dan explains, “Kevin started breeding snakes in his house, and when the time came to expand, he started NERD.”
NERD now serves as both a breeding facility and an educational tool geared towards the general public. They have tours every Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m., where one of the specialists will take out the animals and talk about them in detail - participation and questions are always encouraged. NERD also hosts parties and events both onsite and off. They’ll travel to schools and campsites, bringing animals for a show-and-tell event. Or, for a party of a life time, you can book a party right at the facility.
“We have a room that’s modeled to look like a cave. We book functions in there and bring the animals right in. We even partner with a local pizza parlor down the road for catering,” Bilodeau explains.
What could be cooler than learning about your favorite reptiles in a place that looks and feels like their natural habitat?
Employees of Zoo Creatures and at NERD are trained and specialized to work with whatever species they focus on at work. Everyone Dan hires at the store has specific interests and knowledge in their section. This is a lot of experience in one place considering Zoo Creatures boasts dog boarding, grooming, and daycare, small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, as well as all of the supplies you could ever need for all of these animals.