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East Bay Vivarium  1827 5th St.  This is the oldest retail herpetological store in the nation.  A pet shop, it has the largest selection of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids in the country.  Rumor has it actor Nicolas Cage shops here for giant monitor lizards and ball player Jose Canseco checks out the tortoises.  Others come to purchase Mexican red-legged tarantulas, mouse-sized Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and Burmese pythons.  Yet others view it as a sort of living museum. 

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