Water Turtle Care

Aquatic turtles spend their lives in and around water sources and are recognized by their webbed feet. Many have long necks that allow their head to reach half way around their body. The upper shell is called the carapace, the lower shell the plastron and the sections of the shell are called scutes. Various aquatic […]

Tortoise Care

The prehistoric nature and deliberate movements of a tortoise has made this gentle and interesting creature a desired pet, but care must be taken to invest in the proper housing, nutrition and care of these long-lived animals. All tortoises and turtles have basic common needs that include supplemental heat and lighting, proper substrate and specialized […]

Snake Care

Snakes are elongated, legless reptiles with dry, scale-covered skin. They lack movable eyelids and external ear openings. There are approximately 2700 species of snakes known to humans. In the wild, they inhabit a wide range of habitats: land, trees, under ground, fresh and salt water. Snakes are exclusively carnivorous (meat eating), although the type of […]

Salmonella Information

Salmonella is a bacterium with over 200 serotypes isolated from reptiles alone. It is a bacterium that has the potential of causing mild to serious disease in any species, but is considered more likely in all pet species of reptiles, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and prairie dogs. Salmonella is a zoonoses; that is, a disease that […]

Lizard Care

Common lizards kept in captivity include the Bearded Dragon, Leopard Gecko, Fat-tailed Gecko, Anole, Water Dragon, Common Green Iguana, Chameleon, Blue Tongued Skink, Savannah Monitor and Uromastyx. Care of any lizard is specialized. Reptiles are ectotherms (cold blooded), dependent on environmental temperature to regulate their body temperature. It is important to research a species in […]