Reptiles and Common Parasites

Although we don’t often like to dwell on the thought, most animals are prone to parasites of one sort or another and reptiles are obviously no exception. The growth of captive breeding has helped to reduce much of the prevalence of parasites; wild-caught specimens – especially tortoises and snakes – …

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How Reptiles Reproduce

Reptilian reproduction forms one of the key turning points in evolution; when the first reptiles broke free from their amphibian ancestors’ dependence on water for breeding, their conquest of the land became complete – and ultimately allowed dinosaurs to rule the world for 120 million years. Today, modern reptiles follow …

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Frequent Questions About Venomous Snakes

Nothing seems to provoke quite such discussion amongst reptile fans and reptile haters alike as snakes and their venom. Admit to liking reptiles and it’s only going to be a matter of time before someone brings the conversation round to venomous snakes. As reptile lovers, we can scarcely be surprised; …

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Why Has Our Tortoise Turned Aggressive?

Well, that rather depends on your point of view! Although it’s impossible to be 100 per cent sure from a distance, it sounds like perfectly normal behaviour – but for a true pair of tortoises, rather than a couple of females (though I suppose all things are possible). If what …

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Keeping Sand Boas as Pets

The growing success of captive breeding, particularly amongst a dedicated group of sand boa enthusiasts, means that these fascinating and unusual snakes are now becoming much more frequently seen on dealers lists and even in specialist pet shops than ever before. There are many things that they are not; they’re …

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Keeping Tokays as Pets

Southeast Asia’a Tokay (Gekko gecko) is one of the largest of the world’s gecko species, only beaten into second place by the Leachies Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus) of New Caledonia. A real ‘bruiser’ of a gecko, it is important to say at the outset that the Tokay is only suited …

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Bizarre Reptile Bodies

The first reptiles appeared back in the Carboniferous period – around 250 million years ago – and in the intervening time, they have experimented with some truly bizarre modifications of what you might call the typical lizard shape. Inevitably, most of the truly spectacular examples occurred during the Great Age …

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Reptile Mating Rituals

When it comes to mating rituals, reptiles probably aren’t the first group that comes to mind. After all, the spectacular songs and bright plumage of many kinds of birds do take a lot of beating – while courtship calls and displays can even be found amongst some of the frogs …

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The Case of the Escaped Corn-Snake: A Case Study

The Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata) has long been a popular pet with reptile keepers. Its characteristically docile nature, uncomplicated demands and relatively modest size make this native of the southern states of the USA an ideal candidate – and it seems to respond well to captivity, with a life expectancy …

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How Much Do You Know About Reptiles?

With over 300 million years of history behind them, it’s hardly surprising that reptiles have a few unexpected secrets tucked away and today’s versions are every bit as intriguing as any of their prehistoric forebears. Sixty million years on from the extinction of the dinosaurs, reptiles still occupy just about …

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