Written by Coco Oei
Slithering and scaly, there’s no denying that reptiles are one of the most misunderstood creatures to exist. These cold-blooded critters get a terrible reputation for being menacing and even deadly. Fortunately, we have Fullscale Reptiles and Exotics’ owners Kerwin Ang and Brickzon Sy to show us why they love reptiles and why we should, too!
Located along the busy streets of Binondo, you might miss the stained-glass door that leads to an incredible pet experience. The cozy apartment-turned-reptile facility can be found on the same street as Country Chicken and beside Polland Hopia Bakery Co. It may be difficult to spot, so if you need to find your way around, we highly recommend calling the owners beforehand.
But don’t be fooled by their seemingly low-key location; Fullscale Reptiles and Exotics is one of the most trusted and legal pet suppliers of high quality exotic animals in the country. Each animal is guaranteed to have come from reputable breeders all the way from Europe, Africa, and the US. And some they’ve bred on their own! You can see just how reliable of a source they are by how Ang and Sy sincerely entertain all your concerns and queries about the ins and outs of the business.
Have fun exploring the store and meet all of the exciting exotics such as tiny tortoises, lovable lizards, bearded dragons, cuddly Bengal cats, and even colossal 15-foot pythons! Contrary to popular belief, reptiles are actually affectionate, easy to take care of, and, more importantly, the next best thing to dinosaurs.
Photo: Kerwin Ang
When taking a tour inside the facility, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty as you’ll be able to interact with some of the reptiles. While you’re at it, why not take a few #scalefies too? The owners are very accommodating and know the exact quirks and kinks of their captive-bred animals to ensure the safety of their customers.
Ang shared that owning reptiles has always been a childhood dream. But now, he considers it an enjoyable hobby that he and Sy have turned into a successful career. As the saying goes, “If you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.” This definitely rings true for these two, by the way Ang and Sy fully dedicate themselves to their love for animals and their enthusiasm to teach you how to properly care for your animals.
Ang and Sy, experts in their own right, encourage not only enthusiasts of exotic animals to take part in the hobby, but for anyone out there willing to give these animals the TLC they deserve. Plan a visit and find your new best friend at Fullscale Reptiles and Exotics!
Fullscale Reptiles and Exotics
St. Binondo, 923-A Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila
0917-914-9391 (Kerwin Ang)