But they also get along fairly well together, so you can keep more than one together if you want to and can provide enough space. invadens infections (boids, crotalids, elapids, viperids, varanids), with giant tortoises as water snakes being most susceptible. In addition, Prometheus had an eye infection that had been untreated for months because prior to surrender, he had not received proper medical treatment either. RO filters are now commonly available as affordable models that fit under your kitchen sink and produce modest amounts of purified water in a day. Another problem with distilled water is that acidic liquids will result in the production of more free-radicals, which are molecules that can increase the risk for cancer. Hiding places situated on the bottom of the terrarium can be easily positioned along one side, so that you can see inside them when you look into the terrarium. Males are thought to be sexually mature at a snout-vent length of about 210 mm and a mass of 400 g.

I can tell and at least have a pretty good idea of what a dragon is thinking about doing based on tail posture and overall body posture and tongue flicking. Outfit tanks with drip or bubbler systems to maintain the high humidity needed. One form of shell rot found in aquatic turtles is septicemic cutaneous ulcerative disease (SCUD), which may be caused by a variety of bacteria prevalent in tank or pond water. Like North American grasshoppers, they are best reared in screen caging. With any luck (for you and your reptiles), it will starve to death before finding another host. Without adequate calcium and vitamin D3 in your Dragon’s diet, aside from a slow growth rate, you will more than likely encounter Metabolic Bone Infection. Success!

Patches of skin color/texture change: may be associated with fungi or bacterial infections, necessitating proper diagnosis to determine the required treatment. And then there’s the monthly costs of heating the herp (see Calculating the Cost of Electricity). Some may actually enjoy being handled, and many reptile owners say their pets love being held. Obviously not. Also see Reptiles Magazine December 2009 issue for the article, “Designing Dragons” on breeding color morphs. Radiographs (X-rays) may need to be taken. This process will need to be repeated several times over a 1-2 day period.

Login to our site to have access to All the extra features . With the Zoo Med Tortoise House, more Bearded Dragons can be kept per enclosure, and a solid floor is incorporated should escape by digging be of concern. Mechanical stuff is not my forte, and, although I had started the generator once during a practice run, I had not used the new machine when it was actually needed. It can manifest as fearfulness or aggression. For fauna research licensing and database inquiries, contact: Senior Licensing Officer – Fauna DPaW Wildlife Licensing Section Locked Bag 30 Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983 Australia Telephone: +61 8 9219 9831 email This email address is being protected from spambots. If the hemipenis is used for copulation, it will usually retract afterward with no unfortunate effects. Turtles and tortoises may also develop NSHP.

Much of the information in the booklet “Caring for Bearded Dragons” applies equally well to the keeping of Frilled Lizards and we would suggest that a prospective frilly keeper read the booklet first. Once we hit the big road, a few of what we were now calling the “common frogs” – Mexican treefrogs (Smilisca baudini) and Great Plains narrow-mouthed toads (Gastrophryne olivacea) – were chorusing from roadside puddles. Survivability comes down to the type of environment each cleaner has evolved to thrive in. My guide’s night tour was actually named the “Fer De Lance” tour, giving me high hopes we’d be spotting some venomous snakes. A healthy snake with proper husbandry will shed in a single piece. She is a regular contributor to REPTILES magazine. Now to my problems….he wont eat any of his crickets that i feed him, so i tried them without his calcium/vitamin dust (zoo med) and he still wont eat them (they are small pin heads that he can easley eat) just the 1 meal worm a day…maybe he is small enough that this fills him up.

Saving Galapagos Tortoises One of our distinguished Zoo Veterinarians, Dr. Can you offer any advice on this situation, as anything would be appreciated? Although literally hundreds of benzimidazole derivatives have been formulated, fenbendazole is easily the drug of choice among the variations. Terms and conditions of this offer are subject to change at the sole discretion of PetSmart. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are solely this author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Wandering Herpetologist website. Males have a yellow-ish dewlap and females tend to have a blue dewlap.