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Feeding Leopard Geckos – Beyond the “Cricket and Mealworm” Diet – Part 1

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: February 26, 2010

The Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius), a pet trade staple, is sometimes promoted as an easy-to-keep “starter-lizard” that requires little more than heat and some vitamin-powdered crickets.  Those who follow this advice may keep their pet alive for a few years, and may even feel satisfied that they have provided it…

My Animal Collection: How a Herpetologist Keeps American Toads, Bufo (Anaxyrus) americanus and Related Species, Part II

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: November 17, 2008

Click: My Animal Collection: How a Herpetologist Keeps American Toads, Bufo (Anaxyrus) americanus and Related Species, Part I, to read the first part of this article. Temperature American toads are, in contrast to many amphibians, quite resilient in terms of temperature tolerance.   However, they do best at moderate temperatures, and…

Ant Control for Reptile and Amphibian Owners – Diatomaceous Earth

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: May 15, 2012

Drawn by uneaten food, shed skins and other organic material, ants sometimes become pests around reptile, amphibian and invertebrate collections. As pesticides are harmful to humans and other creatures alike, eliminating ants in areas used by pets and people takes some care.  Today I’d like to highlight a substance that I…

Chameleon Diets – The Best Foods for Pet Chameleons

Relevance: 23%      Posted on: September 2, 2011

Most chameleons will eagerly accept crickets and mealworms.  However, even if you use reptile vitamin/mineral supplements, a diet comprised of 2-3 insect species is not suitable for chameleons - or for hardly any reptile or amphibian.  Your lizards will survive on such fare for awhile, but will inevitably develop nutritional…

Live Food Care – Reptile, Amphibian, Tarantula and Scorpion Diets

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: March 16, 2012

I’ve covered a number of less-commonly kept food animals in this care guide, along with pet trade staples.  Please consider as many as you can, as dietary variety is critical to the health of most pets.  The extra effort on your part will be very worthwhile…novel foods also inspire enthusiastic…

The Orange Spotted Roach: an Interesting Pet and Valuable Food for Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates, Birds and Fishes – Part 1

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: December 1, 2008

Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. The orange-spotted or guyana roach, Blaptica dubia, often starts out as pet food but winds up as a pet. It's small wonder, as these attractive insects are very interesting in their own right, and most agreeable to exhibiting their natural behaviors to the patient observer. Coming into Their…

Cricket Care and Breeding – Keeping Your Live Food Alive

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: February 14, 2012

The Domestic, Brown or House Cricket, Acheta domesticus, is the most widely-used live food for reptiles, amphibians, tarantulas, scorpions and other pets. At once hardy and delicate, it eats just about anything and is easy to breed, yet a colony can be wiped out in hours if conditions are not…

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