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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

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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…

“My Emperor Scorpion Has Babies…What Should I Do”?

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: April 30, 2013

Emperor Scorpions give birth to live young, and most hobbyists are thrilled when this happens.However, scorpion reproduction breaks many of the “rules” that apply to other pets.For example, a female that has been alone for 14 months may one day be found with 30 tiny white youngsters, or “scorplings”, on…

The Best Small Snake Pet? Suprise! The Brown Snake

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: May 6, 2014

The first wild snake I encountered as a child, on a dead-end street in the Bronx, measured a mere 10 inches long. However, it excited me as much as did the huge anacondas and pythons I visited regularly at the Bronx and Staten Island Zoos, and the American Museum of…

Pet Lizards – Fascinating Species for those who keep Reptiles as Pets

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: August 30, 2013

 From minute House Geckos to massive Water Monitors and endangered Rhinoceros Iguanas, an amazing array of fascinating lizards is now available in the pet trade. Fortunately, many are being bred in captivity, and new discoveries concerning their needs occur regularly.  But the range of choices of pet lizards can be…

The Natural History and Captive Care of the Frilled Dragon or Frillneck Lizard, Chlamydosaurus kingii – Part II, Frilled Dragons as Pets

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: July 31, 2008

General Although not what might be termed an ideal “first lizard”, frilled dragons make fascinating, long-lived additions to the collections of those with a bit of reptile-keeping experience.  This week we’ll take a look at how to provide for these unique animals in captivity.  Please see Part I of this…

The Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, – Care in Captivity – Part 1

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: July 11, 2008

Welcome to our new blog location! Please see here for more background information on this animal’s natural history and life cycle in the wild.   General Despite living largely underground in the wild, captive spotted salamanders adjust well to artificial caves and shelters, where they are more easily observed.  Well-adjusted captives quickly…

Snake Lizards – Legless Lizard-eaters in the Wild and Captivity

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: August 1, 2012

While working at the Bronx Zoo some years ago, I was delighted to receive a surprise shipment of New Guinea Snake Lizards (Lialis jicari).  Also known as the Long Headed Scaly-foot or Flap-Footed Lizard, it and the related Burton’s Snake Lizard (Lialis bertoni) have long fascinated herpetologists and hobbyists alike. …

Reptile and Amphibian Foods – Breeding and Rearing Grasshoppers and Locusts

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: November 25, 2011

The Domestic or House Cricket is perhaps the world’s most popular herp food, the closely-related locusts, grasshoppers and katydids have been neglected as a food source here in the USA.  However, many are easily collected and bred in captivity, and offer important nutrients lacking in commercially-bred insects.  What’s more, they…

Giant Turtles – Working with the World’s Largest Freshwater Species

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: February 10, 2012

Turtle enthusiasts seem always to remain interested in even the commonest species. I’ve worked with world-renowned herpetologists who keep Sliders and private breeders who care for 2,000+ turtles (not a misprint!) yet find a place for Common Snappers.  I’m the same way…as I write, I’m watched by a Stinkpot that…

The Best Live Foods for Pet Salamanders – Ensuring Dietary Variety

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: December 10, 2013

  Although many salamanders will eagerly gobble-up crickets and mealworms, a diet restricted to these food items usually leads to nutritional disorders and reduced life-spans.  This holds true even if supplements are used.  A varied diet is essential if you are to have success in keeping salamanders long-term (my 32…

Do Newts and Salamanders Make Good Pets? Five Points to Consider

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: March 13, 2015

Despite my very wide interests (my career with animals has, quite literally, spanned ants to elephants!), I’ve always been partial to newts and salamanders. I focused on them from my earliest days working for the Bronx Zoo, and had the good fortune to author two books on their care and…

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