Bosc Monitor Care Sheet (Varanus exanthematicus)

Bosc monitors are one of the more popular large lizard species kept in captivity. Hailing from Eastern and Northern Africa, the bosc monitor is capable of growing up to five feet (150cm) in length, though in reality most specimens top out at a more modest three to four feet in length (90-120cm). While these certainly …

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Leopard Gecko Temperature: How Warm Should My Vivarium Be?

What is the best temperature for leopard geckos?

Like other reptiles, leopard geckos are cold-blooded. Instead of producing their own heat like mammals, they instead regulate their temperature by moving around their environment. Leopard geckos may bask in the morning sun to warm up or shelter beneath a rock ledge to keep cool in the hottest part of the day.  Providing a suitable …

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The Beginners Guide to Keeping Terrapins at Home

In the past terrapins have been unfortunate enough to earn a rather bad reputation. When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles entered public awareness in the 1990’s thousands of school children decided that they wanted to keep their very own Leonardo or Donatello. Sadly, the solution offered up by pet shops was far from ideal. The …

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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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6 Reasons Why You Should Join A Reptile Society Today

It still surprises me just what a small percentage of the exotic pet keepers I come across actually belong to one or more reptile societies. It’s not through a lack of societies – most Western countries have a number of reptile-related societies as well as smaller niche societies dedicated specifically to groups such as tarantulas, …

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7 Useful Tricks For Handling Livefood

One cause for concern when you start keeping exotic pets is that in many cases you will need to learn to deal with live food in the form of crickets, locusts, mealworms and the like. While many people quickly get used to this task and treat it as a necessary evil of keeping exotic pets …

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