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Snakes, bearded dragons and chameleons all available in Truro shop

By WBMiles  |  Posted: November 07, 2013

The python Malachi is one of the snakes available at Kernow Exotics in Truro.

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Exotic animals are available at Truro’s newest shop.

Snakes, bearded dragons, tree frogs and chameleons are all hidden among the tanks and cages at Kernow Exotics on Quay Street.

The new store has been set up by father and son team Andy and James Moore.

James said: “There was definitely a gap in the market for an independent outlet dedicated to reptiles.

“Already our sales are well above what we expected, with chameleons, royal pythons and corn snakes - what we would call starter snakes - proving most popular.

“We expect to stay busy in the run up to Christmas especially with students who are traditionally among the biggest customer base for exotic pets.”

Andy said people are very welcome to come into the shop and browse.

He said: “Exotic animals are fascinating and great fun and as long as people have the correct equipment and some knowledge, exotic animals are easy to look after.”

The lease to rent the shop was negotiated by Garry Becconsall of Miller Commercial who said the business should benefit from being in the city centre.

He said: “Andy and James looked at units out of town and even considered building a new premises on a suitable plot but in the end I think they’ve made the right decision to set where there is a high footfall specifically to attract the attention of people who may never have considered owning an exotic pet before.”

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