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Substrate Choices

There are many choices for the kind of substrate to choose for your reptile’s enclosure. Some are better for the health of your reptile than others. Essentially what you want to look out for are substrates that could get stuck in the intestinal tract of your reptile and cause an impaction. The ingestion of the substrate usually happens when your reptile misses her prey and gets a mouthful of substrate instead. Here is a list of commonly used substrates, which should actually be avoided: Calcium Sand- this is the coarse, sometimes colourful stuff you see in pet stores. The granules usually have a somewhat sharp edge to them which would obviously cause damage to your reptiles internal organs.  Walnut shell-...

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Caring for Bearded Dragons

  Bearded Dragons are a close second to the Leopard Gecko when it comes to being the most common reptile kept as a pet. This is for good reason as they are also very easy to maintain and are one of the more friendly and outgoing reptiles you will find. Growing to an average size of 12 to 18 inches in length, Beardies need a medium to large terrarium ranging between 50-75 gallons. They originate from the Australian outback and as such require a hot and dry environment. To help create this environment the terrarium should have a heat lamp to maintain the ideal temperature of 85-90 degrees fahrenheit. It should also have a UV lamp to simulate the UV...

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Caring for Leopard Geckos

  Leopard Geckos are the most common reptile kept as pets. They are extremely easy to care for and can be quite friendly. Please keep in mind that these guys have been known to live for 15-25 years so they would be considered a long-term commitment, albeit a low-maintenance one. If possible, try to adopt when choosing a Leopard Gecko as there are many that are passed on from one owner to the next, mainly due to their longevity. Leopard Geckos grow to a size of about 6-8 inches including their tail and are best suited to a 10-20 gallon terrarium. The terrarium setup should include an infrared or night heat lamp, a hiding/sleeping area, a water dish and other...

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General things to keep in mind when feeding your pet reptile

Feeding your reptile is one of the most enjoyable experiences in having a pet reptile. It is one of the main ways- sometimes the only way- you can connect with your reptile. Of course various reptiles require various diets, however there are some commonalities in the requirements of most of them. Some of these include: FEEDING THE FOOD- your reptile is not merely eating the food you are giving him. He is also eating whatever you are feeding the food you are giving him. This is why it is very important to feed the bugs a good diet before feeding them to your pet. A good diet for crickets and most of the worms consists of some whole wheat germ,...

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