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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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