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Indonesian blue-tongued skink
- Tiliqua gigas

Indonesian blue-tongued skink

awesome lizards. This species is one of the best to keep as it is one of the calmest and most manageable. very easy animals, as they feed on everything, insects, mice, fruit, canned meat, etc. Dry terrarium, not desert.

Its price ranges from 180 and 250 EUR.

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Cameroon dwarf gecko
- Lygodactylus conraui

Extraordinary arboreal dwarf lizard that will soon replace those already only very rarely seen in terrariums Electric blue gecko, with which it keeps quite similar.
Cameroon dwarf gecko
Cameroon dwarf gecko in the Bobiri Forest Reserve, Ghana – Simon J. Tonge, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Description

In normal coloration, the background color is composed of different shades of gray. From the nostril, a black stripe runs along the muzzle, passing through the eye to the back of the head, where it merges with a lighter dorsal line at the nape. This one runs slightly to the side of the back to the tail. From the nape of the neck, the whole body, except for limbs, is dotted with white spots of irregular size. These can be delimited by a thin black line. The largest spots line up in three longitudinal lines, that run along the center of the back and the lighter dorsal lines.

When you are in a good mood, skin glows bluish-green. The belly and throat are a solid light gray to white. The original queue, in the male, is reddish at the bottom. On the other hand, the regenerated tails are featureless gray and do not show any reddish coloration after their total loss. But, regenerated tails may still show red bottom. Male geckos have a total length of 63 mm, while females are much smaller.

The sexes can be easily distinguished by the usual sexual characteristics.. Males are always larger, show distinct hemipen pockets and have four active preanal pores.

Distribution and habitat

The Cameroon dwarf gecko, scientific name Lygodactylus conraui, It is native to the tropical primary forests of Cameroon., Ghana, Togo, Gabon, Benin and Ivory Coast. It lives there mainly hidden in tree trunks, close to the ground. No further usable information on the natural habitat of the Cameroon dwarf gecko.

The Cameroon dwarf gecko in captivity

The Cameroon dwarf gecko It is a peaceful and social animal.. They can be kept in pairs or in mixed groups if there is enough space.

Terrarium

For proper maintenance of the species, the terrarium must have the appropriate dimensions. A copy of 50 x 50 x 70 cm is absolutely enough for the little ones Cameroon dwarf gecko.

There are no limits to your creativity when it comes to furnishing the terrarium. But, it is important that the new habitat is endowed with a hydrating substrate. For this it is recommended to use soil, bark or humus. It also, planting has significant relevance. climbing plants, bamboo tubes and branches are great for climbing and hiding.

The Cameroon dwarf gecko is purely diurnal. They need ultraviolet light and a “sunny place” to rest and relax. The temperature in the terrarium should be between 25-28° C during the day. During the afternoon and evening hours the temperature can be lowered to 21-24° C.

To the Cameroon dwarf gecko he likes humidity. In the terrarium should prevail a humidity of the 60-80% during the day, during the night you can also climb the 90%. It is advisable to spray the terrarium with water several times a week.

Diet

Young Lygodactylus are fed food appropriate to their size. Especially small crickets, springtails, white isopods and Drosophila are readily accepted. You can also offer fruit pulp or fruit yogurt. The feed should be sprinkled with a vitamin preparation / mineral before each feeding to prevent deficiency symptoms. In this way, young animals grow quite rapidly and should have reached sexual maturity within a year.

Breeding

If all conditions for species-appropriate breeding are met, These dwarf geckos they will also reproduce willingly. Females usually produce two eggs, rarely one. These are nailed in a suitable place of the terrarium or in hiding places like bamboo canes.

Hard-shelled eggs, which are usually glued together to form a double clutch, measure 5 mm in diameter. If the eggs are laid on a bamboo stick, it is possible to transfer them to an incubator, where the young are born at a temperature of 25 °C after a few 80 days. If incubated to 28 °C, incubation time is reduced to a few 60 days. The clutches left in the terrarium hatched at temperatures of 20-27°C after about 82 days.

After leaving the eggshell, young people have a length of 24 mm and resemble adults in terms of coloration and markings. Hard-shelled eggs, which are usually glued together to form a double clutch, measure 5 mm in diameter. If the eggs are laid on a bamboo stick, it is possible to transfer them to an incubator, where the young are born at a temperature of 25 °C after a few 80 days. If incubated to 28 °C, incubation time is reduced to a few 60 days.

After leaving the eggshell, young people have a GL of 24 mm and resemble adults in coloration and markings. Only the tail of hatchlings is reddish-brown.. Due to its small body size, young animals must be housed in the so-called terrariums small.

As such, 1l domestic cans converted into terrariums and planted with a small plant (for example, Scindapsus) are the most suitable. This creates a microclimate that benefits the small geckos. Experience has shown that young people Lygodactylus they do better in used breeding tins than in newly installed sterile containers. This could be due to the intestinal flora left by the previous inhabitant, which is absorbed by the “new tenant” through licking and, thus, the latter is more capable of breaking down its food. The breeding boxes are placed in a bright place or illuminated by a fluorescent tube.

Additional irradiation with a UV-emitting light source appears to have a positive effect on the development of young animals.

For sale Cameroon dwarf gecko

The price in the exotic animal market of a Cameroon dwarf gecko ranges between 45 and 60 euros depending on size.

Alternative names:

1. Conrau’s dwarf gecko (English).
2. Gecko du Cameroun (French).
3. Kameruner Zwerggecko, Lygodactylus conraui (German).
4. Gecko anão de Conrau (Portuguese).
5. Gecko enano de Camerún, Gecko arborícola enano multicolor (español).

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Mediterranean house gecko
- Hemidactylus turcicus

The Mediterranean house gecko is active at sunset and at night. It only activates sporadically during the day, especially when it's sunny on the warmest days of winter.
Mediterranean house gecko
Konstantinos Kalaentzis – Hemidactylus turcicus (Rhode, Greece) – Konstantinos Kalaentzis, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Characteristics

The Mediterranean house gecko is a small reptile (until 12 cm of total head length), thin and with a depressed body and a narrow, short head, but well differentiated from the rest of the body. The back of the animal is covered with small granules that give it a rough appearance. It has a pink color with pale or sandy ocher tones and an almost translucent appearance.. The spots on the tail give it a ringed appearance by alternating light and dark bands. The fingers are widened at the base and have a row of sheets below, divided in the center (hence the Latin name: middle -finger hemi -dactyl-). Has claws on all toes.

Habitat

Species that prefer warm places, as rocky places, tree trunks, stones, abandoned and dilapidated houses. It is found less in cities than the common gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). Common in small rural areas, as irrigation systems, wells and wells.

Behavior

The Mediterranean house gecko is active at sunset and at night. It only activates sporadically during the day, especially when it's sunny on the warmest days of winter. Climb slightly vertical surfaces with great agility. The accession mechanism is similar to that of the common gecko: the inner laminae of their fingers have hairs that exert a chemical and electrostatic attraction on the attachment surface (Van der Waals forces). It is active almost all year round, although it is more difficult to observe between November and February, when it falls into a semi-targo that can be interrupted during some sunny days. Essentially, feeds on small insects and nocturnal arachnids. Take advantage of the fact that they are attracted to artificial light.

Reproduction

The breeding season runs from March to July. Right now, males show aggressive behavior, defend their territory and emit vocal noises, something unusual among reptiles. Females can put 1 to 2 eggs two or three times a year and are buried under stones, in cracks in the trunk or on the ground. The pups of the Mediterranean house gecko are born between one and three months after laying eggs.

Degree of protection

It doesn't seem to have major conservation issues, which is related to the fact that it can live both in human habitat and in unspoiled nature.

The "Mediterranean house gecko" in captivity

Adaptable in nature, makes them resistant to many environments. They also have a sweet and docile temperament that makes them friendly with beginners..

They often live in human homes and adapt well to man-made habitats..

Pros

  • They are very resistant and do not suffer from many health problems.
  • This species is tiny and pretty.
  • They are very easy to care for and cost between 5 and 20 EUR.

Contras

  • They are agile and move very fast so they can easily escape.
  • Your droppings can stain fabrics.
  • They get stressed very easily, so they require careful handling.

Food

The Mediterranean house gecko it is insectivorous. They eat a wide variety of insects.

In the wild, this reptile hunts by slowly crawling towards its prey before pounced and threw its head forward to catch the insect.. They most often hunt around porch lights or man-made light structures..

Mediterranean house gecko
Mediterranean house gecko with prey on a wall: (Hemidactylus turcicus) in Messenia, Greece – Koppi2, GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

Your Gecko can eat crickets, cockroaches and worms.

feed your Gecko three to four times a week. In each feeding session, provide it from four to five crickets.

Be sure to feed insects that are no larger than the size of your dog's head. Gecko. Whether the insects are the right size, can maintain a consistent feeding schedule almost daily.

Sprinkle insects with a vitamin and mineral supplement before feeding them. In the case of adults, do it once a week and in the case of growing geckos, do it three times a week. Use a supplement that includes calcium but not phosphorus.

You can also load the insect guts a few days before feeding for extra nutrients.

Leave the food out for a couple of hours before taking it out of the cage.

Provide a bowl of water to your Mediterranean house gecko, although this species normally prefers to drink from water drops. Mist his cage daily to keep humidity high and provide drops of water to drink..

Care & Health

The Mediterranean house gecko lives between three and nine years.

They are very resistant reptiles, but they can suffer from some health problems if their breeding and care routine is not followed:

Problems can occur when they eat something they can't digest. The most common source is the substrate. It can be fatal if left untreated, but it is easy to avoid if you feed on a diet only of insects and use the correct substrate (for example, paper or newspaper towels).

Parasites can infect your Mediterranean house gecko through contact with spoiled food. Your Gecko will appear lethargic or vomit frequently.

Sometimes respiratory infections can occur due to incorrect temperature or humidity in your enclosure. This is characterized by lethargy, loss of appetite or breathing with your mouth open.

Molting problems can be caused by low humidity levels. If the excess skin seems to be stuck to your Gecko, you must increase the humidity in your cage.

Metabolic bone disease can cause curved limbs, instability and difficulty standing up. Be sure to feed your lizard a healthy amount of supplements to keep its bones strong.

Frequently asked questions

Is it poisonous “Mediterranean house gecko”?

This Gecko it is not poisonous and is completely harmless to humans. Unlike some reptiles, are completely harmless and rarely bite.

Do the tails of the “Mediterranean house gecko”?

Yes, grows back. The Mediterranean house gecko drop your tail if you feel threatened. But, its tail contains significant fat reserves, so try not to stress your gecko. If your pet drops its tail, make sure she has plenty of food and is comfortable while she grows back.

Signs that you are healthy

  • Uniform skin and consistent texture.
  • Regular feeding and defecation.
  • Full and rounded body.
  • light eyes.

disease symptoms

  • Head or mouth dropped.
  • Lumps or swelling.
  • Discharge from the nose, the eyes or mouth.
  • Weakness, loss of appetite and lethargy.

Terrarium

This species of Gecko usually lives next to humans. They live on, inside and under houses. They can often be found hiding under roof tiles, behind refrigerators and climbing walls.

They are resistant, so they can live in tropical and subtropical environments from the Mediterranean to India.

Type of terrarium: Glass aquarium.
Aquarium size: 40 litres.
Illumination: UVB.
Substrate: kitchen paper or newspapers.

Terrarium Configuration

These Geckos are small but like to live in large spaces.

One terrarium glass 40 liters with a mesh cap will work, but an enclosure “alto” of 80 liters is much better. The terrariums for juveniles and hatchlings may be slightly smaller, of 20 litres.

Add 20 additional liters per each Gecko female if she harbors more than three, a tank of 80 liters is appropriate. It is not recommended to accommodate other reptiles apart from the common gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) with this species.

Place branches and foliage in your tank. Also make sure there are at least two hiding places per Gecko.

A UVB bulb is recommended. No need for full-spectrum lighting, but make sure they have a cycle 12 hours of day and night.

Installing a designated sunbathing point will help create a heat gradient and provide a warm place for the sleeping gecko.. The Geckos are thermoregulated, so it is essential to have a hot and a cold side in the aquarium.

To heat your enclosure use a heating pad or an incandescent bulb. The temperature inside the tank should be 24° to 32°C in the morning and 18° to 24°C at night.. Place the heating elements only in one of the halves of the tank, which will help create a heat gradient.

The humidity should be between 60 and the 75% at all times.

To keep humidity high, mist the cage with a spray bottle every day; point to walls, not to your lizard. You can also introduce live plants to increase humidity or bring your water dish closer to the sunny spot..

Reptile carpet can be used as a substrate, but it will need to be changed frequently because it may harbor bacteria. The best option is paper towels or newspapers.

Paper substrates should be changed three times a week.

Terrarium cleaning

Your tank should be cleaned once a month with soap (or a bleach solution 10%) and water.

When cleaning the terrarium, be sure to observe the droppings of your Gecko.

Their droppings should be long and light brown with white tips. They must maintain their shape. Droppings that leak or crumble are usually a sign of illness.

Behavior in captivity

The Mediterranean house gecko communicate primarily through visual cues. This is similar to what happens with the African fat-tailed gecko (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus), who usually greets.

One Gecko submissive will be removed or frozen, while an aggressor will snap his mouth, lash out or bite. In domain demos, two Geckos they will face and squeal – this is common in males.

  • In captivity, this lizard has a docile temperament.
  • Females can cohabit, but males can be territorial.
  • Common behaviors in captivity include sticking out the tongue and hitting the substrate with the nose to perceive its surroundings..
  • They are usually found in their hiding places during the day and are more active at night.
  • This Gecko mist in the colder months, but not necessary in captivity.
  • Brumation can be dangerous and is not recommended for first-time owners or Geckos youth.

Handling tips

This reptile tolerates handling, but it is very fast and can escape in the blink of an eye.

You should only handle adults when they have had a chance to get used to you..

When you handle it, do not hold or grab it by the tail or lower belly. This can cause them to release their tail in a panic or cause them stress.. Instead,, hold it tightly on top and gently support it on the lower belly.

Always wash your hands before and after handling your reptile.

Courtship

Males court females through aggressive behaviors and vocalizations.

He will approach the female and touch her with his muzzle or bite her neck. It will also vocalize before and after mating. The courtship is very brief and the female will leave shortly after to build a nest in an excavated substrate. Most of the eggs hatch within 45 to 60 days.

The breeding season occurs between April and August.

Females have small clutches of one to three eggs twice a season.

Incubation temperature can affect the sex of the hatchlings., females are more likely to be born at higher temperatures.

Price

The Mediterranean house gecko it's very affordable. They usually cost between 5 and 20 EUR, depending on size and age.

The cage, light and substrate should cost 50 EUR.

Recurring costs (for example, food and vitamins) will be around the 150 euros per year.

Despite being widely available in nature, it is much better to buy it bred in captivity from a breeder or a pet store.

When you buy a Mediterranean house gecko, make sure you have clear eyes and a healthy appetite.

Avoid pups with dry patches on their skin, no toes or tail drooping. If the tail is disproportionate to your body size, it's a sign that they've dropped it recently.

Treat the hatchlings the same as adults and make sure they receive nutrients from the insects they carry in their intestines.

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Mediterranean house gecko - Hemidactylus turcicus - Miserable - Samiamidi - Cyprus

Turkish house gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

Alternative names:

1. Mediterranean Gecko, Turkish gecko, Moon lizard (English).
2. (French).
3. Türkischer Halbfingergecko, Hausgecko (German).
4. Lagartixa doméstica (Portuguese).
5. Gecko Casero del Mediterráneo, Cuija, Gecko pinto, Salamanquesa costera (español).

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Florida red-bellied cooter
- Pseudemys nelsoni

The Florida red-bellied cooter only suitable for keeping in a pond in summer. As this turtle does not hibernate with the cold, should never be attempted. It would mean the death of the animal.

Florida red-bellied cooter
“Florida red-bellied cooter” (Pseudemys nelsoni) at Boy Scout Camp Echockotee. Fresh water spring covered with vegetation. – 159766 – dr. Tibor Duliskovich – http://www.duliskovich.com, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Origin

The Florida red-bellied cooter, of scientific name Pseudemys nelsoni, is originally from the United States. This turtle is especially common in Florida and Georgia.

Characteristics / Appearance

The Florida red-bellied cooter It is a large, heavily armored turtle with a relatively tall shell.. Head lines are less conspicuous than in other ornate turtles, but a fringe runs below the eyes, it forks and a branch on each side runs to the nose.

There are two small bumps on the edge of the upper jaw., like little teeth. The marginal scutes have a reddish stripe and black dots below.. The plastron is yellow-orange to reddish in color and gives the species its name.. The front claws of males are elongated as a mating tool.

The females of the species barely grow larger than the males and reach a length of up to 37,5 centimeters. Older animals discolor with age.

There are no known subspecies of the Florida red-bellied cooter.

Habitat

The relatively small range of the Florida red-bellied cooter ranges from the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia to the Everglades. This area is quite lush, with open swamps and extensive wetlands. Habitats include slow-flowing waters, as well as marshes and wetlands.

Behavior

The Florida red-bellied cooter is active all year round and is often seen basking in the sun. They are the most common turtles in the Okefenokee Swamp and in the canals of Florida..

Males reach sexual maturity at three to four years of age., and its plastron then measures between 17 and 21 cm.. Females do not reach sexual maturity until they are five to seven years old, at which time they have a body length of 26 to 27 cm.. They are of 6 to 31 eggs several times a year, The young hatch after 60 to 75 days.

Threats to the species

State of conservation ⓘ


Status Minor Concern ⓘ (UICN)ⓘ

Numerous native mammals, like raccoons, otters and skunks, they are a threat to the grounding. In water, The aligators, snapping turtles and large fish are enemies of hatchlings. But, the thick and tall shells of adults allow them to coexist with common alligators. The shells can't even be cracked for adult alligators.

Trade and maintenance

In 2003, were exported from the United States 5 million ornamental turtles of the genus Pseudemys. Export statistics do not allow a more precise specification by species, but besides the Florida red-bellied cooter, only the common ornamental tortoise and the peninsular ornamental tortoise are exported. So, It can be assumed that many copies of the Florida red-bellied cooter also enters the market as pets or as food. The exporters declared that the majority of the animals came from breeding.

The "Florida red-bellied cooter" in captivity

Florida red-bellied cooter
A photo of a “Florida red-bellied cooter” in a pond in south carolina, EE. UU.

Maintenance

The Florida red-bellied cooter she is a good swimmer and needs an aquaterrarium with enough space to swim, as well as various hiding places and opportunities to rest on the furniture.

They like to sit under lianas and roots in aquariums or cling to them so that only their heads are above the water to breathe. The terrestrial part must be at least twice the length and width of the dorsal shell so that the animal can stretch out and bask there. As a key to the size of the aquaterrarium we recommend calculating with the length of the animal's carapace. The carapace is the dorsal. The size of the terrarium is calculated as follows for non-adult animals:

  • Part of water: Five times the length of the animal's carapace, plus at least twice the length of the shell for the height of the water.
  • Terrestrial part: At least twice the length of the animal's carapace.

Observe the growth of the animal in the coming months (fast-growing animal/slow-growing animal).

as a norm, We recommend aquarium measurements of 200 x 100 x 70 cm. (for 2 Turtles).

Aquaterrarium decoration

The aquaterrarium it should be arranged in such a way that the turtle has enough space to swim, but also enough places to rest or retire. aquarium stones, aquarium roots and lianas are suitable for it. It is important that they are placed in such a way that the turtle cannot collapse them or get trapped. Natural gravel with an average grain size of up to 5 mm.

The terrestrial part it must be built in such a way that the turtle can get to it and get out again without major problems. It must also be built in such a way that it is completely dry, so the tortoise can dry off completely and rest and bask extensively in the heat and ultraviolet light above it.

If females or a pair are kept, the land part must be built in such a way that egg laying is also possible. A digestible substrate is suitable for this, for example a mixture of clayey sand for terrariums such as Exo Terra Stone Desert and a mixture of sand with humus as JBL Terra Basis.

Temperature and lighting

The Florida red-bellied cooter comes from Florida and neighboring states to the north. There they inhabit the largest and smallest lakes, as well as in some rivers.

They need a sunny spot on the land side of their aquaterrarium.. This is created by spot lighting, that provides light, heat and UV rays. The highest quality products are good enough here, because only they are equal to the natural light of the sun. Only an optimal supply of UV-B light provides your animal with enough vitamin D3 for young animals to grow optimally and adult animals to also be in top shape and display their bright colors.. We recommend the JBL L-U-W Light, which is available in different powers and in the version “Desert” or “Jungle“. This type of lighting provides light, heat and UVA/UVB rays.

For uniform lighting of your terrarium as decoration of your living space, we recommend LED lighting across the entire terrarium. Light and heating sources are basically turned on and off at a daily rate using a timer, 14h on, 10h off.

Filter and heater

To heat the part of the water and not take away space for swimming, we recommend an external heater, as the JBL ProTemp e300 or e500. This allows the aquarium water to be heated to an optimum temperature of 25 to 27 degrees.

To filter and clean the water, high performance external filter recommended (at least 4 or 5 times the volume of water circulating per hour). series external filters Cristal Profi e of JBL are ideal for this purpose.

Food

The Florida red-bellied cooter eat up to a 95% of herbivorous foods, that is to say, eat plant foods and a small amount of animal foods. Suitable foods include various aquarium plants, food plants for terrariums like Golliwoog®, lettuce, leaf spinach or pelleted turtle food. Gammarus, smelts, mussel meat, mixture for turtles or mosquito larvae are suitable to provide the small amount of animal protein. But, pet food should only be given once a week.

A general rule of thumb for food quantity is once or twice a day as much food as the size of the turtle's head.
Food is always sprinkled with vitamin and mineral mixes. This is the only way to avoid irreversible deficiencies, which can often cause serious illness and even death in young animals and pregnant females, for example.
It also, there should always be a cuttlefish bone in the water section so that the animals can absorb the calcium for themselves.

Social behavior and reproduction

The Florida red-bellied cooter not considered very aggressive within the species, which means that these turtles can also be kept in pairs or in a group of a male with several females.
The Florida red-bellied cooter does not hibernate with cold, since the temperature in its original habitat is at least 16 – 17 degrees even in winter.
In spring, the Florida red-bellied cooter gets ready to mate. After mating, the female usually lays up 20 eggs in a pit up to 15 cm deep in the terrestrial part. With an incubation period of 60 to 80 days, the pups are born.

Buy one "Florida red-bellied cooter"

The price of a "Florida red-bellied cooter" at the exotic animal market, bred in captivity, ranges between 25 – 60 EUR, depending on its size.

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Pseudemys nelsoni / nelson's turtle

Florida Redbelly Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni)

Alternative names:

1. Florida redbelly turtle (English).
2. Pseudémyde de Nelson (French).
3. Nelsons Schmuckschildkröte (German).
4. Cooter de barriga vermelha da Flórida, Tartaruga Pseudemys Nelsoni (Portuguese).
5. Tortuga Pseudemys nelsoni, Tortuga Laberinto (español).

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African forest turtle
- Pelusios gabonensis

The African forest turtle not exactly a colorful turtle. But with its hinge on the abdominal shell, that allows it to fold to protect itself from predators, as well as his almost smiling face, has some beauties to offer.
African forest turtle
African forest turtle – This image has been originally created as the illustration forhttps://globalquiz.org/en/quiz-image/african-forest-turtle/at globalquiz.org. It has been released under CC-BY-3.0 license

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Origin / Distribution

The African forest turtle (Pelusios gabonensis) It is a species of tortoise in the family Pelomedusidae.. It is endemic to Africa, where can it be found in angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda.

Characteristics / Appearance

The maximum length of the carapace of the African forest turtle is of 23 cm., although sometimes it is reported 28,5 cm. . Males and females of this species grow to about the same size.

Habitat

The habitats that the African forest turtle they are diverse: rivers, lagoons, ponds, lakes and wetlands.

Diet in nature

The African forest turtle feed mixed, that is to say, eats both animal and plant matter. The composition of the diet is very varied, but it is observed that many specimens eat small fish, frogs and crustaceans. It also, eats a wide variety of insects, spiders, mussels, snails and annelids. Fruits and seeds of terrestrial and aquatic plants are eaten.. Diet composition does not differ between males and females.

The "African forest turtle" in captivity

The African forest turtle not exactly a colorful turtle. But with its hinge on the abdominal shell, that allows it to fold to protect itself from predators, as well as his almost smiling face, has some beauties to offer. Like a tropical aquatic turtle, the African forest turtle does not need a cold hibernation, but with its dry hibernation it remains a challenge when kept as a pet.

Aquaterrarium

for the pups, a small aquarium is enough at first. The pups of the African forest turtle they are not very good swimmers at first. With many aquatic plants and roots you have to offer them the possibility to rest just below the surface of the water. But, after a few weeks, they become better swimmers and can cope well with higher water level. The general rule for a good water level is: three times the length of the carapace. In one African forest turtle adult would need an aquarium with a minimum length of 150 cm.. The water level can be as low as 50 cm..

The use of gravel or sand as a substrate is somewhere also a matter of personal taste, but sand is certainly closer to the natural habitat than gravel. You can create some structure with some roots or stones. These turtles like hiding places underwater, for example in the form of halved clay pots.

The land part for African forest turtle must be the egg-laying type from the start. Some specimens retire there to rest dry buried in the sand. It also, for thermoregulation a place to sunbathe should be provided, for example cork or willow wood bridge. A metal halide lamp with a UV component is ideal for lighting the sunbathing area.. It not only provides a lot of light similar to that of the sun, but also the necessary UV-B rays and thermal radiation. The distance of the lamp from the sunny spot is chosen such that a temperature of 40-45 °C.

To keep the water to a minimum of 24 °C throughout the year, a heating rod is necessary. Although the African forest turtle not very picky about water quality, A high quality external filter is still recommended for these relatively large aquatic turtles.

Feeding in the aquarium

Although in nature a certain proportion of plant foods is eaten, the African forest turtle usually accepts almost exclusively food of animal origin in the aquarium. But, in some hatcheries they also accept lettuce and lamb's lettuce, besides the fruits (strawberries, bananas, grapes) .

as food, pellets are usually well accepted. It also, full range of live foods can be offered, dry animals and frozen foods. Regarding your vegetarian diet, must try everything that is available in aquatic plants, especially duckweed is eaten by a relatively large number of turtles of this species. the wild herbs, lettuce and carrots are also suitable. For calcium supply, always have some cuttlefish floating in the aquarium.

Buy one "African forest turtle"

All Pelomedus tortoises are not internationally protected species, so wild-caught specimens remain regularly available in the reptile trade. Wild catches are often surprisingly hard, but, of course, weakened by long transport and numerous intermediate stops. If you have the chance, do not hesitate to buy european pups. The young are much more stable and less susceptible to diseases.

Its price when it is a baby, ranges between 45 – 60 EUR.

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Alternative names:

1. African forest turtle (English).
2. Péluse du Gabon (French).
3. Rückenstreifen-Pelomeduse (German).
4. Tartaruga florestal africana (Portuguese).
5. "Tortuga africana del bosque" (español).

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Pet Iguanas
- Iguanidae

Lau banded iguana
Lau banded iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus) – H. Zell, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Due to its comparatively simple breeding requirements, the iguanas are very popular, especially among beginners in reptile breeding in terrariums. Reptiles fascinate for their diversity of species, but they also require some special care that must be taken into account when choosing an animal. Here you can read more about the appearance, the origin and conservation of iguanas. Immerse yourself in the world of reptiles and learn exciting information about the different species.

Things You Should Know About Your Iguanas

Many species of iguanas live in the forests of South and Central America, preferring this warm and humid vegetation of the region, where they can be found climbing trees. But, depending on the species, these lizards also live on the ground or in rocky outcrops. Iguanas belong to the order of Pangolins and are closely related to the Chameleons and the Red-headed rock agama. In total, there is almost 40 different species, from the Common collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) until the Long-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia wislizenii), which are divided into eight genera.

The iguanas differ in color and size. There are species that only grow a few centimeters, while others can reach a majestic total length of more than two meters. It is characteristic that the tail is longer than the body. In the color, the Green iguana (Iguana iguana) is especially known. But, may also have gray accents, blue, brown and even red on their scales. Males also change color from green to brown during the mating season..

The iguanas have a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years. You should take this fact into account before buying a iguana. It also, iguanas live in a social group in the wild and should not be kept alone at home. It is better to keep a pair or two females in combination with a male.

The optimal accommodation for iguanas

The iguanas need space, enough opportunities to climb and different levels of trees, branches and plants. How they can reach a total length of two meters at the time they fully grow, the enclosure must already offer enough space in advance for reptiles to develop freely. Hiding places are also part of the terrarium. Caves made of cork or other natural materials are suitable for this. Iguanas are also excellent swimmers. A combination of many climbing possibilities and a natural substrate with a water basin are ideal for reptiles.

Since iguanas come from warm and humid regions, a tropical climate is a basic requirement for the well-being of lizards. So, the terrarium should be heated and kept moist with an irrigation system. A humidity of the 90 % is optimal. The temperature must be higher than 35 degrees, but iguanas feel more comfortable at night if the temperature cools to a few 25 degrees.

Another important point in the optimal configuration of the terrarium is the light intensity, since this should not only be especially high, but also contain UV-A and UV-B irradiation.

What do iguanas eat??

Although it may seem that iguanas have rodents and other small animals on their daily menu, are purely vegetarian. An exception is very young iguanas, who eat small insects from time to time due to their higher protein needs. Otherwise, reptiles prefer leaves, the plants, fruits and vegetables. The ideal is a lettuce rich in nutrients and vitamins in a proportion of 80 % and fruits and vegetables in a proportion of 20 %. To meet calcium needs, cuttlefish bones or food supplements containing calcium are suitable.

Iguanas need a lot of attention

The maintenance of a iguana can be complex. These may include, reptiles take up a lot of space and require a coordinated technical system in the enclosure to achieve optimal weather conditions. Feeding is not usually complicated, but must be provided in the appropriate proportions.

Wide climbing possibilities are essential to keeping iguanas. Even outside the terrarium, an iguana can enjoy the fresh air in summer in a safe area of the garden, for example. It is important that nothing poisonous is found in its vicinity. Since variety is also part of the natural needs of an iguana, terrarium furniture can also be varied or reorganized regularly.

When it comes to cleaning, you have to take into account some things. Food and fresh water should be a matter of course every day. If there is a pile of water in the ground, reptiles can urinate on it when climbing. So, you should also make sure that the water is always fresh and clean..

In general, iguanas are popular pets and are suitable for beginners if cared for properly. But, your requirements and, above all, the space they need are huge. This should be considered before buying. With proper care, these lizards can also be tamed and bring joy to the whole family.

List of Iguanas for their maintenance in captivity

Family
- Sauromalus ater
Common chuckwalla

Common chuckwalla


The Common chuckwalla found in deserts, where the air is warm and dry (of 9 to 45 ...
Family
- Ctenosaura quinquecarinata
Oaxacan spinytail iguana

Oaxacan spinytail iguana


As to the nature, the Oaxacan spinytail iguana is relatively tame, eat from the hand and not ...
Family
- Cyclura lewisi
Blue iguana

Blue iguana


The Blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) came to have only between 10 and 25 specimens in the wild. Source Content / ...
Family
- Brachylophus fasciatus
Lau banded iguana

Lau banded iguana


The Lau banded iguana is considered a national treasure by the government of this country, and his image has ...
Family
- Cyclura nubila
Cuban iguana

Cuban iguana


As the largest member of its kind, the Cuban iguana (Cyclura nubila) reaches a total length of 150 cm and ...
Family
- Sauromalus hispidus
Angel Island chuckwalla

Angel Island chuckwalla


The Angel Island chuckwalla it is the second largest species of the genus Sauromalus (chuckwallas), reaching 44 cm of body length and ...
Family
- Ctenosaura pectinata
Western spiny-tailed iguana

Western spiny-tailed iguana


The Western spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata) It is one of the largest members of the Spinytail iguanas (Ctenosaura) and ...
Family
- Ctenosaura similis
Black iguana

Black iguana


The Black iguana it is a large and bulky lizard, and adult males reach 45 cm length with ...
Family
- Cyclura cornuta
Rhinoceros iguana

Rhinoceros iguana


The Rhinoceros iguana (Cyclura cornuta) It is one of the most requested pets by iguana keepers., But due to ...
Family
- Iguana iguana
Green iguana

Green iguana


The Green iguana It is a large reptile with a powerful body that can reach a length of almost ...

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Corn snake
- Pantherophis guttatus

The Corn snake also known as Red rat snake. The common name of “Corn snake” has its origin in the fact that these snakes are commonly found in agricultural fields., like cornfields, while hunting prey.
Corn snake
Corn snake – Wikimedia

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Origin / Distribution

The Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus) can be found in the eastern United States, from southern New Jersey to south, passing through Florida, to western Louisiana and parts of Kentucky. But, the Corn snake is most abundant in Florida and the southeastern United States.

Characteristics / Appearance

The Corn snake has a beautiful pattern of brown to red spots on a gray background, brown to orange-red. The belly of the corn snake is white with steel-blue to black spots. There is a V-shaped pattern on the head. The rump is thin and the head small compared to the body, with a round pupil and only slightly separated from the body.

Habitat

The Corn snake can be found in groves, rocky slopes, Meadows, Plots, barns and abandoned buildings.

Behavior

Corn snake
Corn snake

The Corn snake is mainly nocturnal, but usually active in the early afternoon. They easily climb trees and enter abandoned buildings in search of prey. But, they are very stealthy and spend most of their time underground prowling the burrows of rodents.. They also usually hide during the day under loose bark and under logs., rocks and other debris. Not much is known about the reproductive behavior of the Corn snake.

Reproduction

The breeding season of the Corn snake goes from March to May. Snakes are oviparous and deposit a clutch of 10 to 30 eggs between the end of May and July. Eggs are laid on rotten stumps, piles of decaying vegetation or other similar places where there is enough heat and moisture to incubate them. Eggs are not cared for by adult snakes. Once put, the gestation period of the eggs is 60 to 65 days at approximately 28º. Eggs hatch sometime between July and September. The pups measure between 25 and 38 cm long and mature in 18-36 months.

Food

The Corn snake does not usually feed every day. Usually, are fed every few days, More or less. The young tend to feed on lizards and tree frogs, while adults feed on larger prey, like mice, Rats, birds and bats. They are constrictors, which means they use their coils to choke their food before eating it.. First of all, the Corn snake bites its prey to grab it firmly and, then, quickly envelops the victim with one or more spirals of their body. The snake squeezes hard until it suffocates the prey. Then he swallows the food whole., usually headfirst. But, the Corn snake swallowing small live prey.

Threats to the species

State of conservation ⓘ


Status Minor Concern ⓘ (UICN)ⓘ

The Corn snake is often confused with the Copperheads and sometimes she is killed for it. It also, due to his docile temperament, are usually kept as pets. Sometimes they are caught in the wild to sell as pets.. But, there are many snake breeders, so wild capture does not pose a serious threat to this species.

The Corn snake is not an endangered species. But, are listed by the state of Florida as a Species of Special Concern because they face habitat loss and destruction in the lower Florida Keys.

The "Corn snake" in captivity

The Corn snake is the secret queen among terrarium animals. For many years they have been among the most popular and well-known snakes for the terrarium. The reasons are multiple. May be due to attractiveness, the tranquility or ease of maintenance of reptiles. If you are thinking of acquiring a snake, the Corn snake it's a good option. These exotics are ideal for the first steps in the exciting world of terraristics.

The terrarium

The Corn snake is the ideal cohabitant. They are visually appealing, interesting to see, calm, cozy and only demand little from their surroundings. A pet dream! Thus, it is not surprising that more and more terrarium aficionados are acquiring a Corn snake. Beginners, in particular, benefit from the exotic easy care.

As the animal should not roam freely on the floor, you, as owner, you need a terrarium. This must have minimum dimensions of 100 x 50 x 70 cm for the benefit of the animal. But, this information is not set in stone. Depends on the size and number of reptiles. Large animals or a group of corn snakes will require, of course, a larger terrarium.

Behavior in terrarium

The Corn snake is twilight and nocturnal. At night they usually roam the terrarium for hours in search of prey. In spring, which is also the mating season, are also active during the day. If animals are well kept, are already sexually mature by the age of two or three. The Corn snake can live on 12 to 15 years. The record is 25 years!

Terrarium interior design

The interior design of the terrarium should reflect the natural habitat of the Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus). A terrarium earth substrate, bark mulch or bark bed can serve you here. Avoid sand that is too fine. But, mixed with coconut fiber, coarse beach sand is a very good substrate. Suitable hiding places are overturned pots and flat stones, as well as the pieces of bark.

To the Corn snake likes to climb a lot. This behavior must be taken into account when designing the terrarium. It is advisable to offer climbers isolated climbing opportunities. Here we refer explicitly to wood or roots. It also, in the terrarium there should be a drinker with fresh water.

Socialization:

The Corn snake is a very calm and peaceful creature. Flatmates accepted. These beautiful exotics can easily be maintained individually, in pairs or in groups with several congeners. There is also no danger to you as a human. The Corn snake is not poisonous.

Temperature and humidity:

To the Corn snake likes warmth and comfort. During the day, the temperature in the terrarium should be between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius. At night the temperature can be 5 colder degrees. A radiant heater is absolutely enough. No additional floor heating needed. The humidity should be between 50 and the 60 %. To increase humidity, it is recommended to spray the terrarium at regular intervals.

An environment that is too dry can lead to problems during molting.

Food:

The food and nutrition of the Corn snake it's very simple. Animals effortlessly accept food (mice and rats). Most owners give their vipers frozen food.

Reproduction

Some 4 weeks after fertilization, females put between 10 and 20 eggs. The eggs, very soft at first, they are usually glued. It is not recommended to separate eggs, as they could be damaged quickly. So, it is advisable to transfer the glued parts to the incubator in one piece. If you wait too long, eggs can stick to the terrarium or furniture and it is not safe to remove them. Fill the cavities between the eggs with dried vermiculite.

At 27°C the incubation time is about 80 days, at higher temperatures about 10-15 days less. But, constant temperatures above 30 degrees. Shortly before hatching, eggs reach a size of about 4,5 cm.. We will keep young animals individually. This prevents stress from animals and allows for better care..

Variations

After many generations of selective breeding , the Corn snake Bred in captivity is found in a wide variety of different colors and patterns. These result from the recombination of dominant and recessive genes that encode proteins involved in development., maintenance or function of chromatophores . New variations, or morphs, are available each year as breeders gain a better understanding of the genetics involved.

Buy one "Corn snake"

Before buying animals, find out if there are any special legal regulations that must be respected.
The price of a "Corn snake" at the exotic animal market , ranges between 80 – 120 EUR.

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Alternative names:

1. Corn snake (English).
2. Serpent des blés (French).
3. Kornnatter, Gewöhnliche Kornnatter (German).
4. Cobra-do-milho, Cobra-do-milharal (Portuguese).
5. "Serpiente del maíz" (español).

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Reticulated python
- Malayopython reticulatus

The great demand for exotic animals has grown, what makes the Reticulated python be captured in the pet market to be sold all over the planet.

Reticulated python
Reticulated python – Mariluna, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Origin / Distribution

The Reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) it is native to Southeast Asia and western Bangladesh to southeastern Vietnam and on the Indo-Pacific islands west of New Guinea.. Other reports have shown the presence of the Reticulated python in eastern Sudan Africa and in northern Queensland and the Northern Territory in Australia. This species has been introduced to South Florida, as a direct result of the negative effects of pet importation.

Characteristics / Appearance

The Reticulated python is light yellowish to brown on the dorsal part of its body, with black lines extending from the ventral area of the eyes diagonally to the muzzle. Sometimes there is another black line on the snake's head that extends from the end of the muzzle to the base of the skull or nape of the neck.. Along the back of the Reticulated python there is a repeated pattern of black X's that create diamond-shaped patterns. Younger pythons have been reported to have latitudinal lines with black-rimmed spots along their body..

One way to distinguish this species from similar ones is to examine the upper jaw near the front of the muzzle.. The reticulated python has the presence of a suborbital portion of the maxilla (upper jaw) that lacks a lateral or protruding figure.

In general, this species has shown that females grow much larger than males in terms of size and weight.. The average female can grow up to 6,09 m and 90 kg in contrast to the male who has an average of 4,5 m long and up to 45 kg.

Life expectancy

Reticulated python
Reticulated Python head. Photo taken at Serpentarium Blankenberghe BELGIUM. Natural biotope: rainforests of Asia. Goalsurfer, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Reticulated python it is rarely found in captivity and is more commonly found in the wild. Its large size makes it difficult to provide an area large enough to keep a healthy python in captivity.. But, on average, the Reticulated python lives longer in captivity because their environment and food sources are well maintained in a controlled area.

The longest known life of a Reticulated python in captivity is 32 years. This species may have difficulty finding adequate food sources and environmental protection., which may explain why the life of a wild reticulated python is shorter than that of those in captivity. The longest life of a Reticulated python wild is from 23 years compared to 32 years in captivity.

Developing

After laying the eggs, the female python incubates them in a nest for a while 90 days until they are ready to hatch. Newborn reticulated pythons use a specialized element called egg tooth, located on the upper lip, to open the eggshell. The young measure approximately 60 cm in length and weigh some 140 g.. Immediately after hatching, the python sheds from the skin. Then it will begin to hide and wait for rodents and small birds to prey on..

Habitat

The Reticulated python it lives mainly in tropical rainforests, wetlands and grassland forests, at a height of 1200-2500m. The temperature necessary for the correct gestation and survival of the reticulated python should be between ≈24º C and ≈34º C with large amounts of moisture present. The Reticulated python requires an area near an area of water to protect itself, as well as to succeed in predation. Pythons use water as protective camouflage to hide before ambushing their prey. Similar behavior is observed in wetlands, where these species are able to hide under the undergrowth to ambush their prey.

Behavior

It is known that the Reticulated python occupies areas that usually have a present or nearby water source. This allows you better movement due to its large size. Through the process of lateral progression, the snake is able to contract the muscles and release the muscles simultaneously to create the most commonly recognized serpentine pattern..

Due to the large size of this snake, rectilinear movement, a type of movement in which the snake contracts its body and then unfolds in a linear motion, is most commonly observed because it allows its large size to move more quickly. Using the technique of constriction and deployment a python can climb trees. This is more common in smaller, younger individuals..

Using a similar body movement, the Reticulated python, like all snakes, you must shed your skin to repair wounds or during the developmental stages of life. The molting of skin of snakes is necessary to facilitate the growth of their bodies. These snakes have an indeterminate growth.

Reproduction

Reticulated python
Reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus). Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi Province, Thailand – Rushenb, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The male of the Reticulated python uses vibrations to signal its mating status to the female, that you will choose whether to mate or not. If she decides to mate, the male of this species rubs his body on the female and rubs her with his spurs. Spurs are vestigial hind limbs found in your abdomen. When the female is ready, will raise the tail and mating will occur. The female python can keep the male's sperm inside her until a later date., if weather conditions are not favorable. Females can also have several males mate with them in the same season..

Although it is uncommon, parthenogenesis has been documented in captive pythons. Parthenogenesis is the process of mating without a male. The female fertilizes an egg inside, creating an offspring with identical DNA. It is an adaptation to reproduce even when there are no males.

It is said that the breeding season of the Reticulated python focuses on the months of February and March. Shortly after winter pythons begin to prepare for breeding due to the increase in temperature and the promising summer heat. In most areas it depends on geography due to the need for warmer climates. So that, pythons reproduce according to the climate change of the specific area they inhabit.

The breeding area that is inhabited must be rich in prey so that the female can have offspring. So, the Reticulated python needs a normally undeveloped and uninhabited area to maintain high reproductive performance. The viability of eggs depends on the mother's ability to protect and incubate them, as well as high humidity levels. Adult pythons are usually ready to breed once the male has reached a 2,5 meters in length and some 3,0 meters for females. This is in the range of 3-5 years for both sexes.

If the food is abundant, the female of Reticulated python can have up to one clutch a year. In areas and seasons when food is not as abundant, the size and frequency of the clutches is one clutch each 2 or 3 years. The Reticulated python reproduces more frequently in areas of higher temperature for better gestation. In a year of breeding, a single female can produce 8 to 107 eggs, but the number is usually 25 to 50. The average mass at birth is 0,15 g (rank 0,12-0,17 g). The independence of the offspring is immediate.

Food

It is known that the Reticulated python it feeds mainly on mammals and bird species found in its geographical range. Documented prey types include small bats, tree shrews , and Cervidae deer, even Malay bears (Helarctos malayanus).

The Reticulated python it is considered the snake most likely to consume a human being due to the numerous attacks on people in the wild and the attacks on the owners by this species. Through the organs of the fossa, specialized organs in certain species of snakes that detect radiant heat, the Reticulated python detects the location of the dam by the temperature relationship of the dam with the surrounding area. This allows the python to detect prey and predators without necessarily seeing them..

Threats to the species

State of conservation ⓘ


Status Minor Concern ⓘ (UICN)ⓘ

The Reticulated python is not endangered, However, according to CITES Appendix II, the trade and sale of your skin are regulated to ensure that your survival is not compromised. This species is not on the IUCN Red List.

However, the Reticulated python is one of the most hunted snakes worldwide. Due to its large size, this species is hunted and sold internationally for its fur throughout the year. Apart from the skin, the Reticulated python it is so large in size that it is also hunted and sold for its meat..

The "Reticulated python" in captivity

Reticulated python
A large reticulated Python feeding on 5 chickens at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Reptile Park, Jakarta, Indonesian. Gunawan Kartapranata, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The great demand for exotic animals has grown, what makes the Reticulated python be captured in the pet market to be sold all over the planet.

It is important to remember that a Reticulated python Adult is technically capable of causing injury or death to a human being, However, attacks in nature are rare, and even rarer attacks in captivity, as long as the snake is well accustomed to manipulation, safely maintained and well fed.

The terrarium

You won't be surprised that you have to increase the size of your vivarium as your cross-linked grows., as well as making sure that the glass fronts are the most resistant, with locks to ensure there are no escapes or unauthorized access to the snake in your absence.

The Reticulated python, like all snakes, they start out quite small when they are young, so any small or medium-sized land or tree nursery should be suitable, provided that the necessary heating equipment can be installed to reach those pleasant subtropical temperatures.

But as they grow and get bigger., you will have to change to the biggest vivariums you can, and consider the possibility of a custom-made vivarium to provide adequate accommodation, just make sure you invest in a sturdy glass!

Heating and lighting

Most caregivers agree that a Reticulated python you will enjoy more of an environment with a temperature gradient around the 29 degrees Celsius, that allows you to move to the hot side or to the cold side to thermoregulate depending on how you feel.

Although this temperature can be achieved with thermal carpets, most like to keep at least the hot end of their enclosures warm with a point lamp connected to a reliable thermostat to keep it within range.. But, do not forget to use a bulb protector, otherwise you Reticulated python could get too close.

Substrate

The driest substrates, like aspen, are usually the best, and some people even use unprinted paper, although we can't say that this makes the enclosure look great. The substrate of the Reticulated python should be changed relatively frequently when you relieve yourself, that in adulthood can be of large proportions.

Food and feed

As with most snakes, we recommend that you feed your Reticulated python outside of its normal enclosure to help dissociate your incoming hand with feeding, helping your snake know the difference between handling and feeding and helping to avoid being “marking”, which is a little worse than usual with this species.

As a general rule, it is best to feed your Reticulated python with a frozen rat, or later with a rabbit of comparable size to yours, and repeat this every 7 to 10 days on average.

Most homeowners get to buy a second freezer for their home, as frozen rats and rabbits are cheaper when purchased in bulk and stored.

Buy one "Reticulated python"

The price of a "Reticulated python" at the exotic animal market, depends on its sizes and the rarity of its color.
A brood of "Reticulated python" can be sold for a price between 300 – 400 EUR, while adult snakes approach the 1000 EUR.

Questions and answers about the "Reticulated python"

Reticulated python
A member of wildlife rescue removes a Reticulated Python from 4 meters in bangkok, Thailand. vvar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Has a Reticulated Python ever killed someone??

like all pythons, is a non-poisonous constrictor. The Reticulated python have killed adults (and, in at least two cases, have eaten them).

What are the predators of a "Reticulated python"?

King cobras and crocodiles feed on the Reticulated python. Eggs and young pythons are vulnerable to predators, like hawks, the eagles, herons and small mammals.

Why the "Reticulated python" it is called reticulated?

The Reticulated python usually reaches a length of more than 4 m. Its color pattern comprises a complex diamond-shaped pattern that extends along the back.. This pattern in the form of a network is the origin of its name, Since “Reticulated” means network.

How fast can a reticulated Python move??

This type of movement works both on the ground and in trees.. But, pythons can't move very fast: only 1 mile per hour (1,6 kilometres per hour) on open ground. But since they don't have to chase their food, don't need to move quickly.

What's bigger, the green anaconda or the Reticulated Python?

The green anaconda of South America, member of the boa family, It, kilo per kilo, the largest snake in the world. Your cousin, the Reticulated python, may reach a slightly longer length, but the enormous circumference of the anaconda makes it almost twice as heavy.

Do Reticulated Pythons Climb Trees??

An oversized snake has shown its unique ability to climb trees and is as fascinating as it is slightly disconcerting.. Filmed in what is believed to be Thailand, the body of the snake, that has been identified as a Reticulated python, is rolled around the trunk of a tree.

How long is the longest Reticulated python??

The Reticulated python longer than is known was found in 1912 and measured the staggering number of 10 m, that is to say, more than half the length of a bowling alley and makes this snake longer than the height of a giraffe.

Does the Reticulated Python bite??

The Reticulated python bite first. Next, “literally in a few seconds”, envelops a person's body with its powerful spirals, cutting off blood circulation to the brain, blocking the airways and preventing the chest from expanding. For one or all of these reasons a person would die quickly..

How long can a reticulated Python hold its breath??

They are also excellent swimmers, and can remain submerged up to 30 minutes before surfaced to take in air.

How long can a reticulated Python go without eating?

A Reticulated python adult can survive up to 6 months without eating, but such a long period can be disastrous for the health of the reptile.

Is an aggressive Reticulated Python?

The Reticulated python It is a large predatory animal.. As such, they prefer large prey, among which humans are known to be, so they should be considered aggressive.

How do you manage the Reticulated Python??

The Reticulated python young, bred in captivity, it is the easiest to tame. Once the snake is taken out of its cage, hold it in your hands and allow it to crawl through your fingers. Spending time with a young retic acclimatizes her to his touch, smell and company

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Alternative names:

1. Reticulated python, Retic (English).
2. Python réticulé (French).
3. Netzpython (German).
4. Píton-reticulada (Portuguese).
5. "Pitón reticulada" (español).