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Turtle Docks and Basking Platforms in Professional and Private Collections – Product Review

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: January 21, 2009

Plastic turtle docks and basking platforms are wonderful innovations that I have found very useful both at home and in public exhibits that I have designed.  The models I mention here look quite natural right out of the box, and when covered with some live algae and surrounded by live…

The Penn Plax Turtle Pier – a Useful New Basking Site for Turtles and Amphibians

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: June 30, 2010

After decades of struggling to create makeshift land areas for semi-aquatic reptiles and amphibians, I was very happy when pre-formed Turtle Docks, Turtle Logs  and Turtle Banks became available.  Today I’d like to review the recently-introduced Penn Plax Turtle Pier, which eliminates certain drawbacks associated with the previously mentioned products.…

Albino and Leucistic American Bullfrogs, Rana catesbeiana (Lithobates catesbeianus): a Request for Your Input

Relevance: 46%      Posted on: December 10, 2008

  Albino and leucistic American bullfrogs are becoming quite popular in the pet trade.  The two females that I'm holding in the accompanying photograph are approximately 1 year old, and were received as tadpoles.  The other photograph shows two others in an exhibit I prepared for the Maritime Aquarium in…

Turtles Have Shells But They Still Need a Place to Hide! – Part 1

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: October 30, 2009

One of the most over-looked aspects of proper turtle care is the provision of a secure place to hide.  It makes sense that a hiding place would seem unnecessary – after all, turtles can simply withdraw into their shells when threatened.  However, it’s not that simple (as usual!). Shelter Use…

Turtle Eye Ailments: Vitamin A Deficiencies and Eye Infections

Relevance: 35%      Posted on: August 7, 2009

Pet turtles, especially hatchlings and young specimens, are very commonly afflicted with Vitamin A deficiencies and eye infections, both of which usually render the eyes swollen and/or difficult to open. Eventually, the turtle will become listless, cease feeding and decline rapidly in condition. Addressing Eye Problems While turtle eye drops…

Supplies for Red Eared Sliders and Similar Turtles

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: March 28, 2013

Tempted to buy that tiny green turtle being offered for a mere dollar or two?  While Red-Eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) can make an interesting and responsive pets, their care is far more complicated (and expensive!) than most new owners expect.  In perhaps no other animal is the distinction between…

Filtering Turtle Tanks – The Zoo Med Canister Filter and Submersible Models

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: January 8, 2010

Maintaining clean water is one of the biggest challenges facing aquatic turtle keepers.  Here at ThatPetPlace we stock a number of filters designed especially for use with turtles.  Most are submersible and will function even in very low water…one, the Turtle Cliff Filter, also doubles as a basking site and…

A Sub-Surface Basking Site and Shelter for Semi-Aquatic for Turtles, Newts and Frogs

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: January 10, 2012

I’ve found the Penn Plax Turtle Pier to be one of the most useful of all basking platforms.  In addition to providing a haul-out site that does not take away from the swimming area, it can be used by reptiles and amphibians in a variety of other ways.  Today I’d…

Using Driftwood as a Resting Site for Aquatic Reptiles and Amphibians – Part 1

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: May 10, 2011

Pieces of driftwood attached to slate bases have long been used to decorate tropical fish aquariums.  However, their important value to folks keeping certain semi-aquatic turtles, newts, frogs, crabs and other creatures is often overlooked.  Today I’d like to highlight some interesting herp-oriented uses for driftwood. Submerged vs. Exposed Basking…

The Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina – Miscellaneous Facts

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: June 6, 2008

Last time I wrote about the natural history of this behemoth of freshwater turtles, and I plan to address its care in captivity (for those of you who are up to it!) shortly. There is so much of interest concerning this impressive beast, however, that I find myself compelled to…

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