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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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Ball Python Morphs With Problems

Dec 28, 2020

Ball Python Coiled

Whether you are looking to breed ball pythons or looking to acquire one as a pet, it is important to take into consideration the genetic issues that certain morphs have. Some of these issues can greatly affect the snake, causing it to struggle eating, and in some cases if the problem is severe enough, the snake may have to be euthanized. Other morphs have symptoms that are much more mild and manageable. Here is a list of morphs that commonly experience issues:

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How to Pick the Best Live Plants for a Bioactive Terrarium

Dec 28, 2020

Chameleon on a plant

Choosing the right plants for your reptile’s enclosure can be a bit of a challenge. After all, they will need to look nice, be non-toxic, and survive the conditions in your reptile’s tank. Since the goal of creating a bioactive enclosure is to mimic your reptile's natural environment, it should be safe for you to go with plants that would naturally be found around your reptile in the wild. I have put together this article to help make choosing the right plants for your terrarium a little easier. I have also included a list of common pet reptiles, along with what plants would do best in their enclosures.

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Best Substrate For A Bearded Dragon

Dec 28, 2020

Bearded Dragon

The best substrate for a bearded dragon is a very controversial subject within the bearded community. Everyone has very strong opinions on what they feel is the right substrate, but often, no one can agree on one. This can make it hard for a new bearded dragon owner to decide which substrate is best for their beardie. When picking out a substrate, it is important to choose one that is easy to maintain, and won’t have negative side effects on your reptile. I have broken down each substrate that bearded dragons can and cannot use, to help you decide which is best for both you and your bearded dragon.

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My Snake Has Mites! Now What?

Dec 9, 2020

Corn snake soaking

Chances are if you have at least one reptile you’ve heard of mites. Mites are tiny black bugs that can be seen crawling around your snake. These parasites feed on the blood of snakes and lizards. Snake mites are usually found in groups around the eyes, nose, and vent. You may also see the small black dots on your hands or clothes after handling a snake with mites.

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How Much Do Snakes Cost?

Dec 8, 2020

Rosy Boa

A common question people ask is “How much does it cost to own a snake?”. There is no one answer, as there are so many variables that go into this question. What kind of snake are you looking at? Do you want a fancy morph (colors and patterns on the snake), or are you looking for a more natural look? Depending on the morph, the price of a snake can vary widely. To better answer your question, here is a table of some of the most common pet snakes along with their general price ranges:

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