A pet store with a difference will be opening its doors in Buckingham on April 12.
Bicester Exotics will be selling reptiles, spiders, amphibians, pet housing and pet food from its Nelson Street store.
Owner Steve Higgins, 43, from Bicester, has been breeding tarantula spiders for several years and after a lot of interest has decided to give up his full-time job as a technician at Oxford University and open a shop selling what he loves.
Speaking to the Advertiser and Review, Mr Higgins said: “I find reptiles and tarantulas fascinating.
“There are lots of different varieties and temperaments – some are placid and docile, some will give you a bite if given the chance. They also come in all sorts of different colours. There are also lots of different species being discovered all the time.
“I have always wanted to work for myself. The opportunity came along when I found this empty shop in December. I have been doing a lot of research and this is something I have wanted to do for the past 30 years.”
He added the shop would be catering for reptile enthusiasts from across the country with nearly all the stock coming from breeders in the UK.
He said: “Most are captive bred in this country. The animals will come from people who are already breeding them or specialist suppliers.
“There is a huge variety of different animals that are available.
“I am also looking at getting a few frogs.”
He added keeping reptiles was growing in popularity and there were now more reptile owners than cat and dog owners in the UK.
The shop is on 63 Nelson Street, next to Howes the Florist.