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Meet the Green Frog – Typical Pond Frog of the USA – Part 3

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: June 2, 2010

Please see Parts 1 and 2 of this article to read about the natural history of the Green Frog (Lithobates/Rana clamitans) and some personal observations on its behavior. An Agreeable Personality Green Frogs make wonderful pets…even wild-caught adults settle down and hand-feed in short order (please see video below). This is in…

Breeding Leopard Geckos

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: February 3, 2012

At some point, lizard keepers usually think about breeding their favorite species.  The ever-popular Leopard Gecko, Eublepharis macularius, is an excellent choice for both novice and advanced hobbyists.  It is a reliable breeder, yet the conditions that must be established if one is to succeed are similar to those required…

Leopard Gecko Care – The Ideal Gecko Terrarium – a Zookeeper’s Thoughts

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: June 7, 2013

Leopard Geckos (Eublepharis macularius) possess distinct personalities, accept handling, are easy to breed, do not require UVB radiation and are content with modestly-sized terrariums - surely as close to a “perfect reptile pet” as one can imagine.  However, while some have reached ages of 20+ years, Leopard Geckos will not…

Beyond Webs – Swimming, Spitting and Other Spider Hunting Methods – Part 2

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: October 28, 2010

Please see Part 1 of this article for a look at the unique hunting techniques employed by Fishing, Trap Door and other spiders. Orb Webs I’ve been avoiding “traditional spiders”, but wanted to include an observation I made over 20 years ago in Costa Rica.  I was tossing katydids into the…

The Best Diet for Captive Newts and Mexican Axolotls

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: October 3, 2011

I usually hesitate to recommend an “all purpose” diet for any group of creatures, as even slight differences between species can be greatly affect their nutritional needs.  However, long experience with many newts has led me to a diet that works well for nearly all those that one might encounter. …

Scorpions in Captivity – An Overview of Popular Species – Part 1

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: February 4, 2009

  As is true for tarantulas, reptile enthusiasts (myself included) are often interested in scorpions.  Today I would like to provide an overview of these most ancient of animals (they were likely the first creatures to leave the sea for a terrestrial existence), with specifics concerning some readily available species…

Pet-Safe Cricket and Roach Control for Reptile and Amphibian Owners

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Almost every zoo building in which I’ve worked was home to roach (2-3 species) and House Cricket populations.  In most, pesticide use was not an option. An older animal keeper whom I befriended let me in on his favorite insect pest control technique – the molasses trap.  He was content…

Vitamin D3, UVB and Pet Reptiles: Important New Information for Pet Owners

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: February 2, 2014

We’ve long known that many reptiles need Ultra Violet B (UVB) light exposure in order to manufacture Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3, which is essential for proper calcium uptake, is also present in many foods, and some reptiles can utilize it in this form.  However, there are some gray areas.  It…

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