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The Biggest Success In Herpetology

Hobbyists have embraced sulcata tortoises and made their reproduction the biggest herpetocultural success story of recent times.

Educational Lectures At Reptile Shows

The herp industry wants its constituents to be successful raising and breeding the animals they acquire in order to grow the hobby.

Ideal Heating For Your Reptiles

Heat for reptiles isn’t just for comfort — it’s for survival.

Reptile Tracks: Can You Tell What Species Made Them?

Generalizations could be made based on the width of crawl tracks and the undulation pattern

Sand Boa Substrate: Soil Or Sand?

Sand boas are most comfortable on a loamy, slightly moist soil mixture.

Road Cruising For Herps And Impact Of Weather

Road herping is a favorite way for many to see a lot of reptiles.

The International Herpetological Symposium: Ideal For Teens

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.

Help For A Budding Herpetologist

Advice for those who wish to pursue a career with reptiles.

Are Snakes Venomous Or Poisonous?

Venomous reptiles inject or chew to deliver venom, while poisonous frogs have to be touched or eaten to deliver their toxins.

Painted Turtle And Common Snapping Turtle In Same Enclosure?

It’s not advisable to keep these two turtle species together.

Poison Frogs: How Dangerous?

Wild poison frogs are poisonous due to the insects they eat.

Can A Retic With Inclusion Body Disease Still Strike?

Inclusion body disease is known to strike pythons and boas.

Bad Idea: Putting A Horned Lizard In Same Enclosure As Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons will eat a variety of things, including other lizards.

What Tortoise Can I Keep Indoors?

The Russian tortoise can be kept indoors.

Herp Queries: Red Touch Yellow, Kill A Fellow Doesn’t Always Work

The saying is not always accurate.

Tips For Becoming A Herpetologist

Basic guidelines for anyone considering the pursuit of a professional career in herpetology.

Are Green Iguanas Decreasing In Popularity?

Green iguana lizards are living longer and healthier in captivity than they might otherwise have been.

Is There A Standard Size Rodent For My Reptile?

Newborn pinkie, pinkie, peach fuzzy, fuzzy, crawlie, hopper, weanling, sub-adult, adult, and retired breeder

Herp Queries: Don’t Jump To Judge The Reptile Shopkeeper

Even though herps have gone mainstream as pets, there’s still an enormous amount of ignorance and misinformation about their husbandry floating around

Herp Queries: Road Herping Tips

Look for snakes, but always remember to keep an eye out for other traffic, too!

Why Do Hognose Snakes Play Dead?

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.

Joining A Herpetology/Reptile Club

Herp clubs exists for every aspect of the hobby. Some focus on herpetoculture, some on field observation and many blend both.

What Is The Other Blue Dart Frog?

Several of the tiny frogs among the dendrobatids display some tinges of blue.

Is The Blue-Tongue Skink An Ideal Lizard For Those New To Reptile Keeping?

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.

Why Is My Chinese Water Dragon Skinny?

If your water dragon looks skinny to you, please seek out a veterinarian to run a fecal test.

Are My Twin-Striped Plated Lizard Eggs Fertile?

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.

The Vet Report: Salmonella In Reptiles

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 Are For Expert Reptile Keepers

Caiman, even of the dwarf variety will grow very large, and as such are only to be kept by experienced reptile keepers.

Herp Queries: Difficulty Seeing Reptiles In Their Zoo Enclosures

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.

When Will My Russian Tortoise Learn How To Mate?

Do you have any advice to share about a good way to tell if a successful mating has occurred?

How To Raise Your Own Fruit Flies

You can raise your own fruit flies from a store bought culture of flies.

Reptile Roadkill

Very few studies on herp road kill numbers exist, however, and they don’t exist for the U.S. as a whole.

Can A Reptile Be Partially Albino?

Gulf Coast box turtles and alligator snapping turtles are two turtles in which males sometimes lose pigment on their heads when fully mature.

Photographing Reptiles Behind Glass Enclosures

When photographing reptiles behind glass, let the flash strike it from an angle of 15 degrees off the perpendicular or greater.

Herp Queries: Reptile Shows And Germs

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.

Is There A Snake That Does Not Bite?

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.

Are Gila Monsters And Chuckwallas Look-Alike Lizards?

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 Dragon Won’t Drink

Bearded dragons prefer to lick droplets off the walls of their enclosure rather than drink from a bowl.

Herp Queries: Photo Critique Concerns When Shooting Reptiles

If you post pictures in a public forum, I’m afraid you’re stuck accepting (not necessarily cheerfully) whatever comments accrue.

Herp Queries: Something About Skinks

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.

Herp Queries: Use Good Judgment With Children And Reptiles

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.

Reptile Medicine Behind Bars At The Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm

The Monroe County Jail in Florida is home to a variety of animals, cared for by inmates.

Herp Queries: The 4-Inch Turtle Law

The law is aimed at curtailing commercial sales of small turtles, which often end up as pets of small children.

Field Herping For Snakes: Driving Or On Foot?

Walking through a herp’s habitat to find it offers the added pleasure of communing with nature up close.

The Scoop On Reptile Poop

Most herps’ droppings don’t last long out in the rigors of nature.

Herp Queries: Photographing A Venomous Snake

Never allow any part of your body to come within striking range.

Cruising Roads And Looking For Reptiles

Is the road surface considered to be a natural habitat for photos?

Factor Your Reptiles In Disaster Preparedness

Develop an emergency action plan and follow it.

Herp Queries: What Kingsnake Closely Resembles A Corn Snake?

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.

Herp Queries: Green Iguana Morphs

With several exciting new color variants slowly becoming more available, expect a gradual comeback of this magnificent saurian.

Herp Queries: How Powerful Is The Snapping Turtle Bite?

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.

Herp Queries: A Career in Herp Photography

Take lots of photos and post them where they’ll be seen widely, like on Internet forums.

Herp Queries: Are People Still Keeping Horny Toads?

The horny toad a.k.a. horned lizard, is best left in the wild.

Herp Queries: Unwanted Attention

Is wearing a reptile related t-shirt in a state or national park enough to cause suspicion?

What Grammar Mistakes Do Folks Make When Writing About Herps?

It is Colombian boa, not Columbian boa.

Herp Queries: Carpet Python Or Diamond Python. What's The Difference?

Diamond pythons are a race of carpet python — a not-so-distinct subspecies.

Herp Queries: Why Doesn’t My Spiny Softshell Turtle Have Spines?

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

Herp Queries: Do Snakes Get Dirty?

Snakes definitely do get dirty, as evidenced by this leucistic eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) shedding its old, soiled skin

Herp Queries: Can I Keep A Thorny Devil?

Thorny devils (Moloch horridus) are native to Australia and are illegal to keep or export out of the country.

Herp Queries: Where Can I Go Herping In Southern California?

Palm Springs is one of many great locations in Southern California to observe reptiles in the wild.

Herp Queries: Are Just A Few Reptile Species Dominating The Hobby?

Herp Queries With Bill Love: Know Your Latin Reptile Name

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.

Rescuing Reptiles in Need

When deciding on a reptile pet, consider the adoption option!

Bearded Dragon Will Not Eat

My bearded dragon recently stopped eating and I was wondering what would cause this?

Prepare for the Worst: Save Your Reptiles with This Disaster Check List

Bonus content from the September 2011 REPTILES magazine article "Prepare for the Worst."

Tips for Creating Your Lost Reptile Flyer

How to create and distribute a "lost" flyer when your herp escapes.

Best Pet Reptiles for Children

Reasons why children should keep reptiles.

Looking for Herps While Cruising in Your Car

One of the biggest advantages of “road cruising” for herps is exactly what you surmised.

Chelonians: Wild Caught Or Captive Bred?

Purchasing captive-bred turtles and tortoises whenever possible is always recommended.

Reptiles in Public

What are your thoughts on the trend of discouraging live reptiles being displayed in public?

Snake Myths and Facts

The facts and truth behind the eight most common myths about snakes.

Careful Buying Reptiles

How to be careful and safe when buying reptiles.

Owning a Lizard

What would be a good first lizard? Would it get along with my dog?

Good First Tortoise

Three choices for a your first tortoise as a pet.

Are Children Safe Around Reptiles?

Beginner Lizard Care

Your new lizard requires specific items for good care.

Herpkeeping Dos and Don'ts

There are basic rules to herpkeeping that all hobbyists should follow.

Good Beginner Reptiles

What's a good beginner snake, or lizard, for a child?

Can you tame a reptile?

Herps And Invertebrates

Tarantulas and scorpions aren’t herps. Why are they always lumped together with them?

A Brief Look at Reptile Taxonomy

An overview of reptile taxonomy.

Herp Set Ups

I want a nice, naturalistic home for a couple of small- to medium-sized turtles to enjoy.

Don't Release Captive Herps

Releasing captive-bred offspring can cause damage to herp conservation.
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