Info and Care on the Classic Cali Kingsnake

The hardiness, easy-going demeanor, and beautiful coloration of the California kingsnake has made it a popular pet for decades, beloved by both beginner and veteran hobbyists alike. Natural History As their name suggests, California kingsnakes can be found throughout southern and Baja California but they are also found in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. A…

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Natural History and Care Info on the Fire Bellied Toad.

Few amphibians are as endearing as the fire-bellied toads. Their size and bright colors, coupled with their ease of care and handleability, make them an ideal pet for both new and veteran keepers alike. Natural History Fire-bellied toads of the genus Bombina can be found throughout calmer rivers and ponds in continental climes and floodplains…

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The Amazing Milksnake

With vivid colors that so closely resemble those a venomous snake, it is no wonder milksnakes have such wide appeal. Within the species there is considerable variation in size, pattern, and temperament, and that is without even looking at morphs. For keepers looking for a mid-size colubrid that provides a slightly greater challenge than a…

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UV LIGHTING AND HOW IT EFFECTS YOUR REPTILE

The Importance of UV Lighting Many reptiles are diurnal animals; creatures that are active during the daytime and sleep in the night, just like humans. Anyone who has observed reptiles in the wild can attest to the fact that many species are dependent on the sun for energy and as such they can often be…

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Mites: The Bane of Reptile Keeping

No organism is so widely despised among reptile enthusiasts as the reptile mite, Ophionyssus natricis. This blood-sucking parasite prefers to feed on snakes but will also prey on lizards if provided the opportunity. About the size of a grain of sand, these devious gluttons will burrow into the spaces between a snake’s scales and feast…

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Brief Look at Reptile Nutrition Thoughts and Tips

One of the most important parts of pet ownership is providing your animal(s) with proper nutrition. Domestic animals like dogs and cats and even pocket pets and birds can be bought formulated diets found at any pet store. Reptilian pets are another matter. Some species have demanding nutritional needs that cannot be met with simple…

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Should I Let My Reptiles Free-roam In My House?

One of the most hotly debated topics in the reptile keeping community is the issue of free-roaming. By definition, free-roaming means that the animal is not kept in an enclosure and it allowed to wander as it pleases around its owner’s property. At first thought, this seems like a marvelous idea. Why not save space…

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Painted Reptile Social Networking Blog

Painted Reptile is a Los Angeles based exotic animal pet store focusing on the world of reptiles, amphibians and insects.  Located in the San Fernando Valley, we have one of the largest display rooms on our side of Los Angeles. We work hard to keep the exotic side of the pet world alive and thriving…

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