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Geckos – Setting Up a Terrarium, Gecko Supplies, and Gecko Facts

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: July 29, 2013

Gecko fans are fortunate indeed (I included, as I’ve worked with a great many in zoos and the field)…over 150 species are available in the pet trade, many of which do quite well in modest enclosures.  Among geckos we find lizards of every conceivable description - rainforest dwellers, desert specialists,…

Has Anyone Observed This?….. Madagascar and Standing’s Day Geckos (Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis, P. m. madagascariensis, P. standingi) maintain excellent health and reproduce without a UVB source

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: August 1, 2008

It is well known that many species of lizard, turtle and crocodilian require ultraviolet light of a specific wavelength (290-310 nanometers) in order to synthesize Vitamin D3.  This vitamin, in turn, allows the reptiles to make use of the calcium in their diets.  Such reptiles (which generally bask in the…

Attracting and Collecting Earthworms – a Simple Technique

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: December 28, 2010

Earthworms are one of the most nutritious food items available for amphibians, and for those reptiles, invertebrates and fishes that will take them.  Collecting them (in one piece!) can, however, be frustrating, and they are quite costly at bait stores.  One trick I stumbled upon years ago has greatly simplified…

Hermit Crab Social Behavior – Not Such “Hermits” After All!

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: May 17, 2010

Researchers at Tuft’s University and the New England Aquarium have uncovered an amazing example of social behavior among the common pet trade Terrestrial or Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus). Crab Real Estate Markets Hermit Crabs protect the soft parts of their bodies by moving into the discarded shells of snails…

The Veiled Chameleon: an Ideal “First Chameleon” and its Care

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: April 17, 2009

  Chameleon fanciers are indeed fortunate that the chameleon best suited for captivity, the veiled or concave-casqued chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is also among the most beautiful and interesting of the group (it is also pathologically anti-social, but so are most of its relatives!).  Turquoise, emerald green, yellow and tan, each…

Leopard Geckos in the Wild – the Natural History of a Popular Pet

Relevance: 15%      Posted on: August 19, 2011

The Leopard Gecko, Eublepharis macularius, is one of the most popular of all reptilian pets, and much has been written on its care and breeding.  But this lizard’s other side – how and where it lives in the wild – is less familiar.  Classification First a bit on where the…

Feeding Captive Savannah Monitors (Varanus exanthematicus) and Black and White Tegus (Tupinambis merianae): Zoo Med’s Canned Tegu and Monitor Diet

Relevance: 15%      Posted on: January 30, 2009

  Browsing the pages of Herpetologica and other journals over the years, I several times came across field studies indicating that certain populations of savannah monitors consumed diets composed entirely of invertebrates.  In certain seasons, the lizards gorged on either locusts or land snails exclusively for months on end.  When…

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