Bullsnake Care Sheet

Make no mistake – bullsnakes are impressive reptiles. Large in size, bulky, beautifully patterned and with a variety of strategies to ward off potential predators these snakes can put on a real show when they feel threatened. Indeed, my first ever experience of this species was a large adult specimen, in a pet shop where …

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Rainbow Boa Care Sheet

My first proper introduction to rainbow boas was as a teenager, when I started to date a girl who kept one as a pet. I was immediately taken with the incredible iridescence shown under natural sunlight (or the right artificial lighting). It is this ever-changing color that has resulted in their common name of “rainbow …

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Keeping Indian Stick Insects

Indian stick insects are some of the easiest of all pet invertebrates to keep in captivity and of course have been kept by school children for decades. Indian (or laboratory) stick insects will feed readily on common food plants such as bramble or privet, which can be kept alive for around a week if inserted …

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Setting Up A Vivarium For Fire Bellied Toads

Fire bellied toads (Bombina bombina) are one of the best amphibians to keep in captivity. These toads are typically very attractively colored having a base color of brown or black with bright orange markings on the underside as the name suggests together with, in some specimens, fine green marbling on the back. As well as …

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Types Of Tarantula

There are over 600 recognised species of tarantula though typically only a tiny percentage of these are seen regularly in the pet trade. This huge reservoir of tarantulas can be divided up in a wide variety of different ways based on habitat, size, colouration and more so an article discussing the different types of tarantula …

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Blue Tongue Skink Care Sheet

The blue tongue skink has become one of the most popular pet lizards in the world. If you’re currently doing your research before purchasing your first blue tongue skink then read our detailed blue tongue skink care sheet for all the key information you need to know… Blue Tongue Skink Cages Blue tongue skinks are …

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Kenyan Sand Boas: Care, Habitat & Captive Husbandry

Sand boas have become incredibly popular pet snakes over the years, and it’s not difficult to see why. They’re beautiful snakes to look at with all their yellow and brown coloration, and a number of color morphs are available now, really extending the possible range. They’re typically quite easy to care for in captivity and …

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Flowerhorn Cichlids Care Guide

A bright and beautiful addition to your aquarium, the flowerhorn cichlid is unique as it is a hybrid. Cichlids are not very particular about choosing their own kind as a prospective mate. This means different types of cichlids mate with other cichlids to give birth to interesting hybrids – for example the flowerhorn. The origin …

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Nassarius Snail Care

The Nassarius snail is an easily-maintained marine (saltwater) species. The care levels  they require are minimal – not only will they source their own food on most occasions but they can also help to keep your tank clean by feasting on unsightly detritus. Nassarius snails will slowly comb through the bottom of your aquarium, scavenging …

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The Best Reptile Hides – An Examination of the Options

A bearded dragon eating insects.

As the reptile-keeping hobby has grown, so too has the selection of reptile-keeping equipment on offer. These days there are more reptile hides than ever before available; some custom-made for the reptile-keeper, with others being easily re-purposed from other sources. In this article we’re going to look at some of the options available to you, …

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An Introduction To Keeping Giant African Millipedes

Giant African millipedes are gentle giants. Ranging in length from around 15cm to up to 30cm in length for the giant train millipedes these strange invertebrates can make fascinating yet easy-to-care for pets for people who are looking for something “a little bit different”. Due to their calm nature and ease of care they can …

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Reasons For Keeping Exotic Pets

If you ask many exotic pet keepers why they look after an assortment of strange and unusual animals many will simply say “because I love them!” and in my heart I know I feel a similar way. I want to surround myself with exotic pets just like other people love to watch the football or …

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