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How To Breed Green Anoles and Raise the Youngsters

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: October 11, 2013

With proper care, the Green or Carolina Anole, Anolis carolinensis, is quite willing to breed in captivity.  However, being relatively inexpensive, it is often considered a “beginner’s pet” and not worthy of serious attention.  This is a serious mistake, as anoles of all species are among the most interesting of…

Scorpions as Pets – an Overview of their Care

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: January 26, 2012

I can’t remember a time when scorpions did not fascinate me, and their lure grows stronger with each new species I encounter.  In the past, I’ve written on the care and natural history of Emperor, Flat Rock, Asian Forest and other popular scorpions.  Today I’d like to present a general…

The Best Foods for Poison Frogs, Mantellas and Other Tiny Amphibians

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: April 18, 2013

I began working with Poison Frogs and Mantellas in zoos just as the secrets to longevity and breeding were being discovered.  Today, captive-bred animals are almost mainstream.  This is wonderful, but there is a downside – they are sometimes viewed as “simple to keep”.  But while these tiny gems can…

Venomous Snakes: Care and Habits of the Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: September 3, 2014

Big and bold, the Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin is one of the most frequently-encountered of the USA’s venomous snakes. Stories of its alleged ferocity abound, and many folks living within its range are convinced that it goes out of its way to attack people. I’ve had the chance to work…

Guam Brown Tree Snake Eradication: Bad News for People & Wildlife

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: March 16, 2014

As a Bronx Zoo animal-keeper in the early 1980’s, I became involved in a breeding program for Guam Rails and Micronesian Kingfishers. Both birds were facing extinction due to a most unusual threat – the introduced Brown Tree Snake, Boiga irregularis.  Back then, major problems caused by trans-located snakes were…

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