Keeping Chameleons as Pets

First off it must be said: chameleons are not ideal pets. They are certainly not for the beginner and they really dislike being handled so for anyone hoping to have a more interactive experience with their reptile, steer clear of chameleons! They also have very specific requirements and can become …

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What to Do if a Snake Attacks You

Snakes are many people’s greatest fear and being attacked by one their worst nightmare. While genuine unprovoked attacks by snakes are rare, it is still a good idea to know how to behave should you encounter a snake, especially an aggressive one. Do Snakes Attack Humans? Very rarely. Snakes are …

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Keeping Geckos as Pets

Geckos are one of the most popular reptiles to be kept as pets – especially for beginners – and with good reason. They tend to be docile and easy to tame as well as being relatively easy to care for. In particular, the leopard gecko is the number one choice …

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Keeping Gharials

The gharials (also called Indian gharial or ghavial) are one of the crocodilian-type reptiles and usually found in India. Although not normally kept as pets gharials are nevertheless mercilessly poached and hunted, while their habitats are being destroyed through human encroachment and pollution. It is not surprising, therefore, that they …

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10 Common Myths about Turtles and Tortoises

Turtles and tortoises have often featured in legends and folklore, as well as being the subject of several superstitions. For example, in Hindu mythology, black, soft-shelled turtles are believed to represent the souls of dead sinners, who have been transformed into reptiles by a 13th century saint. The Thais believe …

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Keeping Iguanas as Pets

Iguanas are one of the most popular reptiles to be kept as pets. Unfortunately they are also one of the most commonly seen by vets for illnesses due to lack of proper care. Like all reptiles, they have relatively strict feeding and housing requirements and many new owners are not …

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Deadly Aim: Spitting Cobras

Of all the reptiles, the spitting cobra is probably one of the most feared of all snakes – its infamous ability of spitting or spraying venom up to a distance of 10 feet is enough to give anyone nightmares and rightfully earns them a position as one of the deadliest …

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Keeping Anoles as Pets

For a fascinating easy-care pet that’s great for a reptile beginner, look no further than the anole. Anoles are very attractive little lizards that are commonly found in the pet trade. Males, in particular, have a colour dewlap of skin under their chins which they can expand and flash during …

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Keeping Box Turtles as Pets

Box turtles are largely terrestrial turtles that can make attractive and fascinating pets – however they are a serious commitment given their lifespan (potentially 100 years!), special dietary and hibernation requirements and their need for an outdoors environment. Think carefully before acquiring a pet which may outlive you and which …

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Breeding Your Reptiles

For many reptile enthusiasts to successfully breed from their pets is the ultimate achievement. This is because reptiles often do not adapt well enough to captivity to feel comfortable enough to mate. Thus successful breeding indicates a high standard of skill in reptile husbandry. For all reptiles, whether lizard, snake …

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