Reptiles and Shedding Skin

While most people immediately think of reptiles, particularly snakes, when they think of skin-shedding, in actual fact, all animals shed their skin at regular intervals to maintain health. In fact, humans shed 1.5 million skin cells every hour! However, reptiles gain more attention for the process because they often do …

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Keeping Your Reptiles Healthy

Keeping your reptile healthy is one of the key duties of a reptile owner and it can also be one of the most challenging. Reptile health depends on a wide variety of factors all of which must be satisfied for the reptile to be free from stress and illness. As …

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Risk of Catching Zoonotic Diseases from Your Reptile

Despite their differences from us, there are several diseases which can be transmitted from reptiles to humans and care must be taken when handling reptiles to prevent infection. Generally, with good sanitation and personal hygiene practices, as well as keeping reptile pets out of food preparation areas, the risks are …

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Convergent Evolution Amongst Reptiles

Although the world is a big place, it provides a limited number of different types of habitat and from one side of the globe to the other, deserts, rain-forests, marshes and grasslands are all pretty similar – at least in terms of the physical environment they provide. It is not …

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The Seven Deadliest Reptiles

Which are the world’s seven deadliest reptiles? A simple enough question, you’d think, but ask 10 different reptile fans for their nominations and the chances of getting even two to agree are pretty small, never mind all of them! There’ll probably be two or three animals that appear on everyone’s …

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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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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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The Top Five Destinations for Reptile Watching

Britain’s a great country, but it’s a little short on reptile watching opportunities. There aren’t many native species to begin with, and although conservation efforts are gradually turning the tide, habitat loss has taken its toll on populations over the last fifty years or so. It’s hardly surprising then, that …

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Common Health Problems

A sick pet is always a worry. Fortunately, modern veterinary science has a whole arsenal of products available to help ill reptiles, but as always, the sooner you can begin treatment, the greater the chances of a speedy and full recovery. That, of course, means that being aware of the …

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Five Health Threats You Might Not Know

Reptiles are susceptible to a wide range of diseases – some of them uniquely their own, while the others affect a much wider range of species. Anyone who has had anything to do with keeping reptiles can name most of the more common illnesses and ailments likely to afflict their …

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