Bell’s Hingeback Care ( Kinixys bellina) Charles J. Innis, VMD Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM Introduction Bell’s hingeback tortoise, Kinixys bellina, is one of the most common tortoise species seen in the pet trade. Unfortunately, the vast majority of specimens offered for sale are [...]
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Alligator Snapping Turtle Care (Macroclemys temminckii) Erica Mede, CVT Natural History Alligator snapping turtles inhabit deep water ways such as large rivers, canals, lakes, bayous, and swamps. Alligator snapping turtles are found only in a select number of states in the southern portion of the [...]
Metabolic Bone Disease Care Home care for green iguanas and other reptiles with secondary nutritional hyperparathyroidism Initially I wrote this send home sheet for Green Iguanas since they were the ones I most often saw with this problem. Of course many more species are effected [...]
Healthy Veggie Shopping for Reptiles Listed below are some nutritious foods for you to incorporate into your family member’s diet. Nutrition plays a major role in the health and longevity of any animal. Keep in mind that moderation and variety are the keys to offering a [...]
Heating Reptile Enclosures Paul Gibbons, DVM ABVP Avian and Reptile One of the most important aspects of reptile care is temperature maintenance. Although reptiles are commonly thought to be “cold blooded”, a study of iguanas in the South American rain forest found that daily body [...]
Veiled Chameleon Care (Chamaeleo calyptratus) Erica Mede, CVTPhotos and editing by Susan Horton, DVMVeiled chameleons have become increasingly popular pets due to their jewel coloration and popularity in movies. Typically, chameleons are an observation only pet and tolerate handling poorly, though some individuals when raised from a [...]
Uromastyx Care (Uromastyx sp.) Erica Mede, CVT Photos by Susan Horton, DVM Description Uromastyx are also called Dab lizards, Spiny Tailed lizards, Uros, and Agamids. These medium sized herbivores are quickly gaining popularity in the pet trade due to their unique appearance and interesting diet. There are [...]
Thai Water Dragon Care (Physignathus cocincinus) Erica Mede, CVT Description These medium sized lizards reach lengths of 2-3 feet from snout to tail tip with males being on the longer side. Their whip like tail offers both balance and defense (tail whipping) similar to the Green [...]
Tegu Care (Tupinambis sp) Erica Mede, CVT Description Tegus are potentially the most intelligent reptile and exhibit this intelligence by attempting clever escape routes. When handled regularly, these large bodied, stocky lizards can become quite docile and even enjoy physical interaction. Although tegus appear similar to [...]
Savannah Monitor Care (Varanus exanthematicus) Erica Mede, CVT Description Savannah monitors, also called Bosc monitors, are large carnivorous lizards that resemble tegus more than typical monitors. When handled regularly, these large bodied, stocky lizards can become quite docile and even enjoy the physical interaction in some [...]