Kellyville Pets, Australia’s largest independent pet store and animal welfare advocate, has launched petopia®—an online pet education, conservation and exploration platform, featuring the world’s first ever online Reptile Masterclass Series.
The petopia online Reptile Masterclass Series includes courses covering bearded dragons, pythons, turtles and (coming soon) frogs, and teaches prospective and existing reptile carers how to successfully look after these animals in captivity.
Each masterclass includes over two hours of engaging, cinematic content and is divided into easily digestible chapters focusing on topics including natural history, anatomy, habitat, general husbandry, diet, and conservation.
“Reptiles have always been a popular pet as they don’t require a large space to live, they leave no mess, they don’t smell, and make no noise,” Kellyville Pets general manager Richard Sheen said.
“But over the past year and a half, we have seen a huge increase in the interest surrounding these unique pets.
“Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, new reptile keepers couldn’t partake in our in-store reptile courses that we have been operating for the past 25 years. There was also no similar course offered online,” Sheen added.
“As strong advocates of animal welfare and responsible pet care, we wanted to create an educational platform that delivered the most accurate and up-to-date information on how to look after animals, that could be accessible to pet parents of all ages—and not only in Australia but on a global level.
“So, petopia and our online pet masterclasses were born.”