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This story appears in the September 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

As a girl, Coby Steffani didn't concern herself with typical girly things. While her friends were playing with Barbies, young Steffani was out catching reptiles and spiders--and hoping for an opportunity to put her longtime love for all things scaly to good use. "I've always been a little different," she says with a slight laugh.

Steffani's unique ambition has paid off: She just celebrated two years in business at Reptropolis, her San Clemente, California, reptile store. Steffani spends her day surrounded by monitor lizards, frogs, turtles, tortoises, chameleons, geckos, boas and pythons--and she's loving every minute of it.

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