Hobbyists have embraced sulcata tortoises and made their reproduction the biggest herpetocultural success story of recent times.
The herp industry wants its constituents to be successful raising and breeding the animals they acquire in order to grow the hobby.
Heat for reptiles isn’t just for comfort — it’s for survival.
Generalizations could be made based on the width of crawl tracks and the undulation pattern
Sand boas are most comfortable on a loamy, slightly moist soil mixture.
Road herping is a favorite way for many to see a lot of reptiles.
The presentations at IHS range from those meant for amateur herpers to pros, and you can learn about many topics, from herpetoculture to pure science and taxonomy.
Advice for those who wish to pursue a career with reptiles.
Venomous reptiles inject or chew to deliver venom, while poisonous frogs have to be touched or eaten to deliver their toxins.
It’s not advisable to keep these two turtle species together.
Wild poison frogs are poisonous due to the insects they eat.
Inclusion body disease is known to strike pythons and boas.
Bearded dragons will eat a variety of things, including other lizards.
The Russian tortoise can be kept indoors.
The saying is not always accurate.
Basic guidelines for anyone considering the pursuit of a professional career in herpetology.
Green iguana lizards are living longer and healthier in captivity than they might otherwise have been.
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Even though herps have gone mainstream as pets, there’s still an enormous amount of ignorance and misinformation about their husbandry floating around
Look for snakes, but always remember to keep an eye out for other traffic, too!
If predators are able to smell or detect the presence of toad toxins coming off the snakes in some way, that might contribute to a successful deterrent.
Herp clubs exists for every aspect of the hobby. Some focus on herpetoculture, some on field observation and many blend both.
Several of the tiny frogs among the dendrobatids display some tinges of blue.
While the bearded dragon and leopard gecko are most often recommended as the ideal beginner lizards, the blue-tongued skink can also make a good first lizard pet.
If your water dragon looks skinny to you, please seek out a veterinarian to run a fecal test.
If your lizard lays eggs, set up an incubator with a moist medium for the eggs. Make sure to leave them in the same position you found them when you transfer them to the incubator.
In the 1970s, red-eared sliders were so popular in the pet trade that they were actually raised in human sewage ponds —hence the source of the Salmonella
Caiman, even of the dwarf variety will grow very large, and as such are only to be kept by experienced reptile keepers.
If you can't see a particular reptile in its enclosure at the zoo, don't be shy to ask for help in spotting it.
Do you have any advice to share about a good way to tell if a successful mating has occurred?
You can raise your own fruit flies from a store bought culture of flies.
Very few studies on herp road kill numbers exist, however, and they don’t exist for the U.S. as a whole.
Gulf Coast box turtles and alligator snapping turtles are two turtles in which males sometimes lose pigment on their heads when fully mature.
When photographing reptiles behind glass, let the flash strike it from an angle of 15 degrees off the perpendicular or greater.
Have young ones wash their hands after touching herps, or any animals for that matter. Most all tables at the shows have antibacterial disinfectant for use.
People entering the herp hobby via a pet retailer often assume that if it’s for sale to the public, then it must be tame. Don’t assume that any animal will never bite.
Chuckwallas (Sauromalus ater) resemble Gila monsters (Heloderma suspectum) in appearance, although to what degree depends largely on your prior exposure to seeing both in real life.
Bearded dragons prefer to lick droplets off the walls of their enclosure rather than drink from a bowl.
If you post pictures in a public forum, I’m afraid you’re stuck accepting (not necessarily cheerfully) whatever comments accrue.
Most skinks native to the United States are small (under 6 inches in total length) and tend to be of the long, slender body conformation.
It’s necessary for kids to learn such things “gently” in order to dodge more serious ones that will surely come along later in life.
The Monroe County Jail in Florida is home to a variety of animals, cared for by inmates.
The law is aimed at curtailing commercial sales of small turtles, which often end up as pets of small children.
Walking through a herp’s habitat to find it offers the added pleasure of communing with nature up close.
Most herps’ droppings don’t last long out in the rigors of nature.
Never allow any part of your body to come within striking range.
Is the road surface considered to be a natural habitat for photos?
Develop an emergency action plan and follow it.
Reddish examples of the mole kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata) of the southeastern U.S. strongly resemble corn snakes and sometime confuse people about their identity.
With several exciting new color variants slowly becoming more available, expect a gradual comeback of this magnificent saurian.
Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) quickly defend themselves out of water, but underwater, they are scaredy cats and opt to avoid confrontation if any avenue of escape exists.
Take lots of photos and post them where they’ll be seen widely, like on Internet forums.
The horny toad a.k.a. horned lizard, is best left in the wild.
Is wearing a reptile related t-shirt in a state or national park enough to cause suspicion?
It is Colombian boa, not Columbian boa.
Diamond pythons are a race of carpet python — a not-so-distinct subspecies.
Hatchling spiny softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) don’t yet possess the “spines” on the fronts of their shells, above their heads, that will appear with age
Snakes definitely do get dirty, as evidenced by this leucistic eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) shedding its old, soiled skin
Thorny devils (Moloch horridus) are native to Australia and are illegal to keep or export out of the country.
Palm Springs is one of many great locations in Southern California to observe reptiles in the wild.
It’s good to keep the scientific names of flora and fauna in front of people’s faces, to remind them that there’s still plenty to discover.
When deciding on a reptile pet, consider the adoption option!
My bearded dragon recently stopped eating and I was wondering what would cause this?
Bonus content from the September 2011 REPTILES magazine article "Prepare for the Worst."
How to create and distribute a "lost" flyer when your herp escapes.
Reasons why children should keep reptiles.
One of the biggest advantages of “road cruising” for herps is exactly what you surmised.
Purchasing captive-bred turtles and tortoises whenever possible is always recommended.
What are your thoughts on the trend of discouraging live reptiles being displayed in public?
The facts and truth behind the eight most common myths about snakes.
How to be careful and safe when buying reptiles.
What would be a good first lizard? Would it get along with my dog?
Three choices for a your first tortoise as a pet.
Your new lizard requires specific items for good care.
There are basic rules to herpkeeping that all hobbyists should follow.
What's a good beginner snake, or lizard, for a child?
Tarantulas and scorpions aren’t herps. Why are they always lumped together with them?
An overview of reptile taxonomy.
I want a nice, naturalistic home for a couple of small- to medium-sized turtles to enjoy.
Releasing captive-bred offspring can cause damage to herp conservation.