Care Sheets

Nuevo Leon Kingsnake

Most of the available captive bred Nuevo Leon kingsnakes are many generations removed from the wild due to the laws protecting their importation into the US.

Snake Spotted On Mars?

Is it plausible that reptiles inhabit Mars? Did Captain Kirk battle a Gorn? UFOSightingsDaily.com discovered what looks like a snake crawling from under a rock. It appeared to be moving up a rock ledge. The website speculates that the snake is about half…

Madagascar Ground Gecko Care Sheet

Madagascar Ground Geckos (Paroedura picta) Madagascar Ground Geckos are tropical, terrestrial, nocturnal geckos with beautiful color patterns and with large eyes. They are native to the southern part of the island of Madagascar, located east of Africa in the Indian…

Gray Rat Snake Care Sheet

Grat Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides)  The gray rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides) is a medium/large constricting snake ranging from southern Indiana south to the Florida Panhandle, and west to Mississippi. It is a blotched snake, with a dark gray or brown pattern…

Golden Gecko Care Sheet

Golden Gecko (Gekko ulikovskii)   Golden Geckos (Gekko Ulikovskii) Golden geckos are an arboreal species native to Vietnam. Their care requirements are easily met, and they have personalities that make them very interesting to observe if one is willing to stay…

Blue Spiny Lizard Care Sheet

Blue Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus cyanogenys) Although occasional wild-collected blue spiny lizards may give birth to young in captivity, this beautiful lizard has not yet been truly captive bred. This care sheet offers suggestions on reptile supplies and husbandry.  Blue Spiny Lizard…

Yellow-spotted River Turtle Care Sheet

Podocnemis unifilis, the Yellow-spotted River Turtle The genus Podocnemis features six species of large river turtles found throughout South America. These impressive turtles have been elusive for turtle keepers in the United States due to legal restrictions. All species are protected as…

Giant Leaf-Tailed Gecko Care Sheet

The giant leaf-tailed gecko is native to Madagascar, where it inhabits rain forest habitat along the eastern coast. It has a relatively flattened body; a large, angular head with large eyes and vertical pupils; and very muscular legs it uses…

Australian Barking Gecko Care Sheet

Australian Barking Gecko (Underwoodisaurus milii) Facts The scientific name for the Thick-tailed gecko is Underwoodisaurus milii, and they are also referred to barking geckos. They are members of the Gekkonidae-- or Gecko family. Thick-tailed geckos are communal lizards native to Southern…

Eastern Box Turtle Care Sheet

Here are a few tips for keeping the Eastern box turtle  (Terrapene carolina carolina) alive and well in captivity, including care of the hatchlings. First off this is not an easy species to keep when compared to others, and I would…

Reeve's Turtle Care Sheet

Reeve’s Turtle (Mauremys reevesii) Reeve’s turtle is the smallest member of the genus Mauremys, one of the largest genera of the Old World turtle family Geoemydidae. Their range extends  across central and eastern China, as well North and South Korea, Taiwan…

African Fat-Tailed Gecko Care Sheet

African fat-tailed geckos are not yet as widely available as the more common leopard geckos, but are now widely available online through breeders who specialize in their captive breeding

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko Care Sheet

Satanic Leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus phantasticas) There are few geckos as bizarre and as fascinating as the satanic leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus phatantasicas), also referred to as “Phants” for short.  These geckos' remarkable ability to mimic a leaf has captivated reptile…

Wood Turtle Care Sheet

Wood turtles are a lot of fun to keep and to raise, as they are for the most part very tame and friendly.

Flap-Neck Chameleon Care Sheet

Flap-Neck Chameleon (Chamaeleo Dilepis) Distribution Widely distributed in Tropical and Southern Africa. In some parts of its range, such as Botswana, it is the only endemic chameleon species. In many regions its distribution is becoming restricted due to commercial farming…

Caiman Lizard Care Sheet

Care sheet for the Caiman Lizard (Dracaena guianensis) The Caiman lizard, Dracaena guianensis, is a large, heavy bodied lizard that is well adapted to life in and around water. Caiman lizards are native to South America around the Amazon River…

Black-headed Python Care Sheet

Black-headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus)  Aspidites melanocephalus, commonly known as the black-headed python, is a species of snake in the family Pythonidae (the python family). The species is native to Australia. Black-headed pythons are broadly distributed throughout the northern third of Australia, extending from…

Mandarin Rat Snake Care Sheet

Mandarin Rat Snake (Elaphe mandarina) Despite lacking most of the genetic mutations that make other snakes popular, mandarin rats possess a striking natural beauty causing many to consider them ‘the holy grail of rat snakes. Their bright colors and diamond pattern…