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Reptile Lighting – Combo Units for UVB Lights, UVA, Heat and Night Bulbs

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: July 8, 2013

Although I have kept reptiles and amphibians since childhood, and worked in zoos for most of my adult life, I remain amazed by the array of herp-care innovations that are available to us today.  True, not all are necessary (and some are downright ridiculous!), but many are indispensable to serious…

Holiday Gifts for Reptile and Amphibian Keepers, Young or Experienced

Relevance: 67%      Posted on: November 29, 2013

Today I’d like to offer some gift suggestions for the herp enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list.  I’ve made my choices with younger folks and novices in mind, but all are useful to long-term keepers as well (indeed, we dinosaurs often stick to “ancient” products and ignore new innovations!).  I…

Typical and Atypical Habitats of the Red-Eared Slider – Field Observations

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: February 23, 2009

  I have run across colonies of feral sliders in Nassau (Bahamas), Baja California, Nevada, northern California, Japan (including in temple ponds in historic Kyoto!), Venezuela, St. Lucia and St. Croix.  Such sightings, of course, are not noteworthy, considering that this plucky survivor is well established in 25 or more…

Why Do My Crickets Keep Dying?

Relevance: 20%      Posted on: November 5, 2015

We all love our reptiles, but most of us loathe their lunch. Many reptiles that we commonly keep as pets are insectivores, and the most commonly available feeder insect is the domestic cricket. Yes, you read that correctly, “domestic.” Scientifically referred to as Acheta domesticus, the type of crickets sold…

Reptile UVB Bulbs: Insights on the Best from Zoo-Based Herpetologists

Relevance: 15%      Posted on: May 27, 2014

I recently attended the NY Turtle and Tortoise Society’s (always fabulous!) annual conference on turtle and tortoise care and conservation, and had a chance to catch up with friends and former zoo co-workers. I learned that certain UVB bulbs manufactured by Zoo Med have been used to achieve significant improvements…

Bearded Dragon or Leopard Gecko? Comparing the Ownership Costs

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: September 19, 2014

Both Bearded Dragons and Leopard Geckos are about as close to “perfect” as a reptile pet can be, and either is a great choice for new and experienced owners alike.  But the costs of ownership, both short and long term, do vary between the two.  Novice reptile enthusiasts sometimes obtain…

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