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Bell’s Hingeback Care ( Kinixys bellina)


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 [...]

Bell’s Hingeback Care ( Kinixys bellina)2020-11-11T14:21:01-05:00

Alligator Snapping Turtle Care (Macroclemys temminckii)


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 [...]

Alligator Snapping Turtle Care (Macroclemys temminckii)2020-11-11T14:17:43-05:00

Metabolic Bone Disease Care


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 [...]

Metabolic Bone Disease Care2020-10-22T14:59:17-05:00

Heating Reptile Enclosures


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 [...]

Heating Reptile Enclosures2020-10-22T14:53:28-05:00

Veiled Chameleon Care (Chamaeleo calyptratus)


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 [...]

Veiled Chameleon Care (Chamaeleo calyptratus)2020-10-22T14:51:17-05:00

Uromastyx Care (Uromastyx sp.)


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 [...]

Uromastyx Care (Uromastyx sp.)2020-10-22T14:48:15-05:00

Thai Water Dragon Care (Physignathus cocincinus)


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 [...]

Thai Water Dragon Care (Physignathus cocincinus)2020-10-22T14:46:20-05:00

Tegu Care (Tupinambis sp)


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 [...]

Tegu Care (Tupinambis sp)2020-10-22T14:43:28-05:00


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