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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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Best Feeder Insects For Reptiles

Jan 22, 2021


A Chameleon Eating a Cricket

Unfortunately many commercial pet stores provide new reptile owners with false information on how to care for their new pet. Issues such as nutrition deficiency and metabolic bone disease can be common amongst uneducated and misguided keepers who fail to provide their reptiles with a balanced diet of staple feeder insects. A staple feeder insect is an insect that provides your reptile with sufficient nutritional value without creating health problems. It is important that the insects you are primarily feeding your reptile have a 2:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio (or as close to 2:1 as possible). All staple feeder insects will provide your reptile with nutritional value, a balanced ratio of calcium to phosphorus, and will be readily available.

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Best Substrate For Ball Pythons

Jan 22, 2021


A Ball Python

Substrate is what is used to make up the flooring of your ball python’s enclosure, similar to how we use carpet or tile in our homes. You may be wondering why the type of substrate you put in your ball python’s enclosure matters, after all, the type of flooring we have in our homes usually doesn’t affect our well being. The type of substrate matters because ball pythons are delicate creatures that rely on their surroundings to provide them with warmth and humidity. 

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Complete Guide To Increasing Humidity In Ball Python Tanks

Dec 31, 2020


A wet ball python

If you’re struggling to keep humidity up in your snake’s tank, you’re not alone. Ball pythons require humidity levels ranging between 50-70%, which is much higher than the average humidity that most homes hold naturally. Due to this, ball pythons can often have humidity problems, and you will need to make an effort to raise their humidity above the humidity levels of your home. You can usually tell if your humidity is in the right place or not by your snakes shed. If the shed is coming off in one or two pieces with none stuck on your snake, your humidity is probably where it should be. 

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Best Pet Reptiles For Kids

Dec 29, 2020


A kid holding a lizard

If you’re looking for a pet that requires low maintenance and doesn't take up too much space then a reptile may be the right choice for your family! Reptiles can make excellent beginner pets for kids because they don’t require very much effort and their upkeep is relatively cheap. It's important to remember, even though reptiles are low maintenance creatures, they’re still a big commitment. There are quite a few things you should consider before buying one from your local pet store. 

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The Importance of UVB Light for Reptiles

Dec 28, 2020


Leopard gecko looking at a worm

In the wild, reptiles and amphibians are provided with ultraviolet light from the sun. These ultraviolet rays cause reptiles to synthesize vitamin D3, which helps them to absorb calcium. Reptiles in captivity will not be able to get these rays from the sun, therefore we must supply them with this lighting. This can be done by providing them with UVA and UVB bulbs. These bulbs put off very little heat so they should be used with a heat bulb, not in place of one.

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