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Ultimate Garter Snake Care Sheet

Jan 5, 2022


Garter snake moving through vegetation

Garter snakes are small, high energy snakes that make great pets for both beginners and experienced hobbyists. In captivity, garter snakes can live to be up to 10 years old, so you should take their long lifespan into consideration before taking the leap into ownership. Garter snakes typically grow to be between 23 and 30 inches long, however some individuals can reach up to 5 feet. Unlike many snake species, garter snakes are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day, and tend to sleep at night. This is just one of the many reasons why garter snakes are an excellent choice for kids. Their overall care requirements are also extremely low maintenance when compared with other reptiles. 

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How to Tell if your Leopard Gecko is Sick

May 31, 2021


A climbing leopard gecko

Whether you own leopard geckos, or are planning to own them in the future, it is essential to understand their common illnesses. Reptiles are excellent at hiding when they’re sick — after all, a sick reptile in the wild becomes an easy target. Having a full understanding of what causes these common health issues in leopard geckos and what signs to look for can be the difference between life and death. This article is intended to guide you through common leopard gecko health problems, what signs to look for, and what causes them. If you have an emergency, you should call a reptile veterinarian. 

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Bearded Dragon Vs Leopard Gecko

May 10, 2021


A leopard gecko

So you’ve decided you want a lizard, but you’re having trouble deciding between a bearded dragon or leopard gecko. It's understandable to be conflicted — it's a big decision, especially if it's your first lizard. The good news is, both bearded dragons and leopard geckos make excellent pets for both beginners and experienced reptile keepers. They each have their own pros and cons that we will go over together to help you decide which lizard is the right lizard for you!

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Bearded Dragon Health Issues

Apr 16, 2021


A bearded dragon

Before making the leap into owning a bearded dragon, it's important to have a full understanding of the possible health issues your new friend could have so that you can be better prepared to care for them. Bearded dragons tend to hide their symptoms when they're feeling sick. This is because in the wild, a noticeably sick bearded dragon is more likely to be picked off by predators than a healthy one. This article will guide you through common bearded dragon health problems, what signs to look for, and what causes them. If you have an emergency, you should call a reptile veterinarian.

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Best Substrate for Corn Snakes

Apr 16, 2021


Two Corn Snakes

Substrate is what makes up the flooring of your corn snake’s enclosure. Which substrate you choose matters because not all substrates are created equal. Some substrates are designed with dry, desert dwelling reptiles in mind, some are best for humid, tropical reptiles, and some shouldn’t be used for any reptiles despite them being advertised towards them! The good news is, compared to most reptiles, corn snakes aren’t too picky when it comes down to what substrate you give them, so you have a wide variety of options. That being said, let's jump into it!

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Ball Python Health Issues

Apr 15, 2021


A Ball Python

Ball pythons are one of the most popular snake species to own due to their calm nature and beautiful morphs (colors and patterns). Whether you are planning on purchasing one, or already own one, it is important to have a full understanding of the common health issues that ball pythons have so you can be better prepared to care for yours. Ball pythons have evolved to become excellent at hiding when they’re sick. This is because in the wild, a sick snake is an easier target than a healthy snake, and is more likely to be picked off by predators. This article will guide you through common ball python health problems, what signs to look for, and what causes them. If you have an emergency, you should call a reptile veterinarian.

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Ultimate Bearded Dragon Care Sheet

Feb 18, 2021


Bearded Dragon on a Log

Bearded dragons make excellent pets, and are perfect for both a first time reptile owner, or an experienced hobbyist! Native to the dry bushlands of Australia, these medium sized lizards typically grow to be between 15 - 24 inches long. Bearded dragons generally live to be between 5 and 10 years old. These lizards have outgoing personalities, and are diurnal, meaning that unlike most reptiles, they are active during the day. There are quite a few bearded dragon morphs (colors and patterns) to choose from as well, so you don’t have to settle if you want something more exotic looking.

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The Complete Leopard Gecko Care Sheet

Feb 18, 2021


Leopard Gecko in a Cave

Leopard geckos are docile lizards that are full of personality, and make excellent beginner reptiles. In the wild, leopard geckos are found in the semi-desert and arid grasslands of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. Wild leopard geckos are oftentimes tan with black spots — allowing them to blend into their natural surroundings. Captive bred leopard geckos come in a wide variety of colors and patterns (called morphs), so be sure to thoroughly check out all of your options before settling on one! These geckos typically grow to be between 7-10 inches long (females are typically on the smaller end of this spectrum, and males are on the larger end). In captivity leopard geckos tend to live 15-20 years.

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Snake Shedding Problems

Feb 4, 2021


corn snake shedding its skin

Snakes shed their skin regularly as they grow. How often a snake sheds its skin is determined by their age, and the type of snake. A healthy snake will generally shed its skin in one complete piece from nose tip to tail tip. The entire shedding process will take between 7-14 days. If your snake is not shedding in one piece it is often a sign of improper husbandry (wrong temperatures or too low of humidity). But don’t worry, there are quite a few simple fixes to get your snake shedding in one piece!

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Spider Ball Python Morph Problems

Feb 4, 2021


A Spider Ball Python

If you have looked at or kept ball pythons for any length of time, you have likely come across the spider morph. The spider morph is one of the more beautiful and simplistic morphs in the ball python world. The spider morph essentially reduces the color of the snake, and adds a delicate web-like pattern along their back, hence the name “spider”. It's one of those morphs that looks stunning regardless of what you mix and match it with. So what's the big fuss about spider ball pythons? Well genetically, spider ball pythons have A LOT of issues. I’m not just talking about them having simple cosmetic flaws either, they can have very extreme issues that affect their well being. 

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