The first Scales ‘N Tails Store opened it’s doors in Northglenn, Colorado in 1996 and reptile ownership has been spreading like wildfire ever since. It has been a pleasure for us to see the many people who have discovered the joy and satisfaction that comes with owning a pet reptile. For over 20 years, Scales ‘N Tails has been there to support reptile enthusiasts! We have grown to have 9 locations, spread across two states, and we have a strong desire to continue to add new locations.

Scales ‘N Tails was founded by Jim Whitt and Jim’s appreciation for reptiles started in his youth; while spending his free time in the high desert surrounding Las Vegas, Nevada. His commitment to animals and his dream of owning a business lead to the opening of the first Scales ‘N Tails store.

The company started Franchising in 2011 after one of Jim’s friends had interest in purchasing one of the stores. The business model has proven to be successful and more locations have opened; and more are in the works.

At the end of 2019, Jim realized that the business was expanding so fast that he needed to bring on a partner. In 2020 he teamed up with Matt Panos who had been his Zoo Med sales representative for over 10 years. Matt has been keeping and breeding reptiles for most of his life and has many connections with suppliers, distributors, and animal wholesalers throughout the industry. Together, Jim and Matt hope to continue to grow and educate people about the reptile hobby for many years to come.

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