Well you may be able to find a local breeder. A lot of people have had very bad experiences with the above mentioned stores and care of the animals. I really can't recommend supporting either. I've seen things like dead animals in cages, tropical species placed on sand, completely wrong labeling. Often times employees may give out wrong care advice.
There are many online reptile dealers you could use. Also online reptile classifieds for just breeders and other hobbyists. Most reptiles can be shipped overnight to your door by fedex. This is probably the most common way that people purchase reptiles nowadays. Oh be sure to try and find reviews though before you make a purchase!
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