Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career of over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo. Today I’d like to offer some gift suggestions for the herp enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. I’ve made my choices with younger folks and novices in mind, but all are useful to long-term keepers as well (indeed, we dinosaurs often stick to “ancient” products and ignore new innovations!). I believe that the products I’ve highlighted are important because they will start hobbyists thinking about concepts that are often overlooked early-on, such as water quality, temperature gradients, UVA, dietary variety and reading materials. Some of my recommendations will need to be fine-tuned to fit individual species. Please post below and see the linked articles for further information, and be sure to add your own thoughts and gift-giving suggestions.
When I first began using sophisticated testing equipment in zoos, I was surprised to discover how widely humidity and temperature levels can vary within even small exhibits. Back then, hobbyists were pretty much limited to aquarium thermometers and the like. Today, pet owners have a wide assortment of professional-quality hygrometers and thermometers from which to choose. Read More »