An article on slugs, their characteristics, interesting facts about them, and how to care for a slug if you wish to keep one as a pet. Kids will be interested, but care has to be taken to maintain all health precautions for the kids and the slug!
The leopard gecko is a popular pet reptile because it is relatively small and docile. Because of its size, it can live in a smaller enclosure, but that doesn't mean you can slack on necessary husbandry. Learn how to properly care for a leopard gecko.
Here is everything you need to know about caring for your very own Greek Tortoise. I give many tips and advice that stem from my personal experience of being a tortoise owner myself.
The first week you have a new pet snake is a critical time for it to settle in, get used to you, and begin eating. I will show you how to best handle the first few days with your new pet snake.
Bearded dragons make amazing pets for adults and children, and breeding them is relatively easy if proper light and temperature are maintained.
Russian tortoises are great beginner pet tortoises, as they are healthy and hardy creatures. This type is relatively small compared to others in the pet market. Here's how to care for them.
Leopard Geckos are extremely popular reptiles to keep as pets; however, these geckos are a bit notorious for losing toes due to shedding problems. In this article, I will show you how to properly deal with your gecko's shedding problems.
Snakes are fascinating creatures to watch but some make better pets than others—especially for children. Here are the best types of snake for beginners and kids.
If you've just adopted a bearded dragon or are considering it and need some great name ideas, here are 230+ names to help name your new buddy!
This article contains an overview of the care requirements of Vietnamese Centipedes, including enclosure specifications, feeding requirements, and temperature considerations.
Symptoms and treatment of some common diseases of pet snakes, including blister disease, constipation, mites and ticks, shedding problems, and stomatitis.
Horned frogs are generally pretty healthy, but like all animals they can develop illness and get sick. If you are careful of where your purchase your frog, what you feed it, and how you house it, it'll likely stay healthy.
There are several types of geckos that are commonly kept as pets. These include the very popular leopard geckos, the funny looking crested gecko, brilliantly coloured day geckos and the stunning electric blue gecko.
This article explains the main differences between African fat-tails and leopard geckos. I also break down information about how to care for them, their temperaments, and their physical differences.
Many owners become concerned when they notice bubbles or liquid seeping from their pet's nose. A healthy tortoise should have clear and dry nostrils, but not every snotty case is a cause for panic.
This beginner's guide will help lay down the foundation that is needed for owning a bearded dragon. Bearded dragons are arguably one of the easiest lizards to care for as a pet.
This is a complete guide to potential solutions and methods to help green iguanas and other lizards that can’t defecate due to constipation, illness, or spinal injury.
Silkworms are a great staple feeder for your reptile. They are packed with nutrients. They have no smell, can't jump or run away, cannot bite, and are slow-moving.
In order to raise a healthy leopard gecko, you'll need to learn about how leopard geckos shed, possible shedding problems they might have, and tail loss.
Triops australiensis and Triops longicaudatus are commonly sold as pets. Triops are considered living fossils as they existed over 300 million years ago.
Added a lovable lizard to your family of pets but still struggling to come up with a fitting name? In this article, you'll find a list of over 150 names to choose from for your new lizard.
Different types of lizards have different living environment requirements. Before you get your pet lizard, it is important that you make a proper home for him first.
Learn more about normal and abnormal dragon behavior and the most common diseases, symptoms, and how to prevent them and treat them. This covers MBD, mouth rot, parasites, and more.
Learn how to keep a corn snake as a pet and how to look after it. Here are some tips on snake care and a great video of our bloodred corn snake.
Geckos are sticky. They are adorable and a little strange. Here are five facts to prove just how bizarre life with geckos can be.
Metabolic bone disease (MBD) is a common disease in reptiles. MBD is the collective name given to a number of problems seen in reptiles related to calcium. It is different from calcium deficiency, in which there is a lack of calcium in the body.
Out of all the crayfish available in the pet market, Cajun Dwarf crayfish are the most adorable because of their miniature size. I have kept and successfully bred Cajuns for the last year and a half, and I'll explain how to care for them in this article.
Turtles are cute pets to own. Unfortunately, very few people know how to care for them. If you wish to polish your turtle parenting skills, have a look at this guide.
I've always been current with reptile care and health, but tortoises were a new reptile to me. One of my turtles came down with septicemia. Here are the signs and symptoms to look out for.
Phelsuma day geckos are omnivorous. In the wild, they eat insects, but also lick the sweet nectar of flowers. How can you reproduce this in captivity?
Here are the factors that you need to consider when selecting a pet from the many different gecko species available.
One of the newest fads in pet ownership is giant fuzzy arachnids. Here is a guide to help you choose and care for your tarantula.
With so many pet reptiles to choose from, how do you know which is the right pet for you? This article summarizes the top six reptiles species that are best for beginners.
Russian tortoises are one of the more popular small species of pet tortoises. They are fairly easy to keep, as long as you know proper husbandry and diet for the tortoise.
This article discusses the benefits and drawbacks of offering canned whole prey such as insects, fish, and crustaceans to pets that typically consume live prey. Canned worms, crickets, and other prey are discussed.
An axolotl, also known as the Mexican Walking Fish, is a hardy and very low maintenance pet. The axolotl is a salamander that remains suspended in the larvae stage, remaining water-bound with gills.
Reptiles can be wonderful pets but not all species are good for beginners. Many grow too large, are aggressive, or require very specific and complicated care. Beginners should avoid these reptiles!
Red-Footed Tortoises are usually pretty healthy as long as their diet and habitat is right. If proper humidity, temperature, lighting, and diet is maintained, they'll stay pretty healthy.
Whether you're just getting started with beekeeping or you're ready to try a new hive style, here's the lowdown on Langstroth's, Warre, and top bar hives from an experienced homesteader.
In my five years of working with leopard geckos, I never had one drop its tail until recently. I was able to identify why it happened and now know how to care for a gecko if it loses its tail.
You may see a tiny turtle and get the impulse to get one as a pet, but before you do, make sure you know what you are getting into.
Extra care should be given to a molting hermit crab when the time comes and there are many theories on how best to assist them. Unfortunately, some beginner crab owners don't quite know what to do when the hermit crab molts...
Green tree frogs are one of the most popular pet frogs. This article provides information about the green tree frog's natural characteristics and habit, and offers tips on how to care for them.
The Chinese cave gecko (Goniurosaurus luii) was introduced to the pet market in 1996 when the first specimens were imported from Hainan Island, China, which is off of mainland China.
Whether you want to introduce tadpoles to an outdoor pond, do a fun indoor project, or just educate your kids, rearing tadpoles and watching their development is fascinating! Here's everything you need to know to raise them successfully.
Corn snakes make one of the best pets. These docile and tame snakes are very friendly and tolerant and will make a great addition in any home. If you are considering a pet snake, buy a corn snake!
Help! It's been 5 days since my last poop! Don't worry if your leopard gecko hasn't 'been to the toilet' for a couple of days and everything else seems to be ok. This is quite normal. Here's how to handle a constipated gecko.
Turtles eat a variety of plants and animals. Identify what type of turtle you have in order to best determine the type of food it will eat.
There are different creative ways of setting up an aquarium for a baby soft shell turtle. Find out exactly what you'll need to take proper care of them.
Crested geckos are one of my favorite pet reptiles. They are relatively small and are very simple to house and don't necessarily require heating or lighting. You just have to make sure that their enclosure is set up properly.
Black widow spiders are great pets for the responsible adult looking to have a unique animal be a part of their family. They require very little care and are downright fascinating!
Building a salamander vivarium can be a rewarding experience. Similar to aquariums, terrariums and aquascaping, it enables you to engage in something akin to world-building. The home you provide for your salamander or other reptile can serve as an artistic outlet, which is why you should take the time to do it right and have fun!
Day geckos are brilliantly-colored, small-to-medium sized lizards that make excellent pets. They can be kept in small apartments and don't mind being left alone for most of the day.
Leopard geckos make great pets for both the experienced and the inexperienced pet owners. If you're reading this you are probably about to purchase a leopard gecko or have already purchased one. Here's everything you need to know to make a good home for your new pet.
How to tell if your African Dwarf Frog is dying or, and what steps you may be able to take to save their life.
Mealworms are a great source of protein for pets and livestock, and they are great for fishing, but they can be so expensive! Want to raise and breed mealworms yourself? Read on to find out!
Leopard Geckos have been fed mealworms for many years. Though crickets are a common staple, are mealworms acceptable as a exclusive food source?
The world of phasmids is unique and wonderful, and these fascinating insects are growing in popularity in the pet trade. Learn more about these beautiful bugs and take a look at a few of the most memorable species as you consider a simple phasmid for your next pet!
Here is a list of 6 of the best monitor species that are suitable as pets. Complete with links to care sheets for more information.
Crested geckos are probably one of the easiest geckos to care for. They require temperatures that can generally be achieved at and around room temperature, although 75 to 80 degrees F is optimal.
Unfortunately, when your pet scorpion wants dinner, you just can't pop down to the corner shop and pick up a bag of Scorpion Chow. Here is a list of things they like to eat and instructions for how to feed them.
I have raised an eastern spiny softshell turtle since the day it hatched, and I want to share how I've cared for it. Learn about making a home for your turtle, feeding it, providing UVB rays, and more.
How to tackle common parental objections to keeping pet lizards such as "we don't want crickets living in the house" and "who will look after it when we go on holiday."
Discoid roaches are a great staple feeder for larger reptiles. Geckos and other smaller reptile species can still be fed discoid roaches, as long as they are size-appropriate.
Land hermit crabs require more care than you might realize or have been told, however, they make wonderful and fascinating pets if you are prepared to give them the care they need to thrive.
Bioactive enclosures are increasing in popularity among the reptile and amphibian-keeping communities. These setups include live plants and invertebrates that purify and clean enclosures.
I am going to talk about two things in this article: the sufficient outdoor setup for pet turtles and reasons why you should and should not do it.
What are the best snakes to have as pets? People who are interested in getting a pet snake always have a few basic questions. The most important is which type of snake is going to be the best for them.
Hermit crabs are one of the most misunderstood animals in the pet trade. Myths and improper husbandry advice abound, but have no fear: this guide will help you sift through all the false information.
Learn how to set up a beehive and what equipment you will need. This article will tell you how to get started beekeeping from start to finish.
These pet snakes are great for those new to snake care and who prefer snakes that are small in size.
A comprehensive list of reptiles you can keep as pets that only eat plants or will accept non-living, meaty foods as a substitute for live prey.
Intelligent, affectionate, easy to care for, and with a long lifespan, what more could you want? The Tegu is the lizard you are looking for.
Amazon tree boas are best known for their many beautiful, exotic colorations. Though they are not the easiest snake breed to handle, they are definitely one of the most interesting and rewarding pets to care for.
Have you ever seen a gecko without a tail and wondered how it can survive without one? Lizards and some other reptiles have the ability to regenerate their limbs. Continue reading to find out how.
Come explore what a beekeeper does when spring arrives. Learn how the beekeeper sets the foundation for a fruitful harvest and prepares the bees for the rest of the year.
Make sure your iguana lives in a suitable environment. Learn what kind of enclosures iguanas need, where to buy commercial iguana cages, and what designs are most appropriate for your pet.
The Zebra Tailed Lizard is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico but is also commonly kept by reptile enthusiasts and breeders in the pet industry. This article contains general information about the lizards' life in the wild as well as captive care recommendations.
An impaction is a condition in which the digestive tract is blocked by a solid or a semi-solid mass. If it is not treated, it can become fatal. Impactions can be caused by various factors.
Praying mantids make beautiful and fascinating pets. In their behavior and mannerisms, they are like uncuddly cats—fastidiously clean, curious, and predatory. Unlike cats, you can't really pet them—here's how to care for a mantis pet.
This article includes pictures, quick facts, and a summary of 14 different kinds of boas and pythons.
While land hermit crabs are not the most difficult pet to own, they do require more care than you may know in order to thrive. Read on for specific care requirements including housing, feeding, moisture, and more.
A simple step-by-step instruction sheet on how to set up a plastic tub for a ball python or other similarly sized snake.
Which type of substrate should you choose for your land hermit crabs? When setting up your crabitat, it is important to select the right kind and amount of substrate for your tank.
The giant waxy monkey frog, Phyllomedusa bicolor, is a fascinating large tree frog with a very striking appearance. I've kept them as pets for over 8 years, and here are my tips on caring for them.
If you’re looking into getting a ball python, this guide will explain how to properly care for your snake and what behaviors and diseases to watch out for. Feeding information, housing, and handling are covered in this article.
Salamanders and newts are the most popular pet in the world, but they are a very different kind of pet. Read on to learn all about these amazing creatures.
Your kid is begging you for a pet turtle, but is it really a good idea? This is what you need to know to determine if getting a pet turtle is the right decision for your child.
Choosing the best substrate that is easy to maintain, good for your tortoise, and reasonably priced can be tough. Let's go through your options.
Masters of camouflage, leaf-tailed geckos are sought after as a pet. But take care of where they come from—their survival in the wild depends on it.
We've found snakes, toads, turtles, and salamanders in our backyard in Connecticut. Here's what to look out for.
Breeding leopard geckos is relatively easy once you have the male and female geckos. If you decide to breed leopard geckos, do not house the male and female together; this can cause stress on the female.
Silkworms have been domesticated for a long time. They are easy to care for, and the phases of their life are intriguing to watch. This article should provide enough information to decide if silkworms will make a suitable pet for you or your child.
Here are some options for people who wish to keep snakes as pets but find feeding frozen and thawed rodents and other mammals unappealing.
Welcome your new baby reptile home the safe way. The tiny wonder needs a happy trip, a cosy palace and ongoing care.
Creating an indoor pool for your turtle can be justified for several reasons, whether it is winter and you want your turtle to escape its aquarium from time to time, or you need a cheap alternative to an aquarium.
So many reptile lovers ponder the idea of starting their own reptile rescue. Unfortunately, many of those people are ill-prepared and oblivious to the amount of time and money involved. Review some things to consider before trying to start a rescue.
Snakes are fascinating and rewarding pets, but you must choose your first one very carefully. This guide contains information about three common pet snake species that would make good choices for first-timers. I hope it helps you make an educated decision.
Have you ever wondered what worms eat? Or how you can keep a pet worm? This article answers all your questions!
This article covers the basics of how to properly care for leopard geckos, including how to house them and feed them.
There's more to hermit crabs than just giving them a cage and a sponge. This article will go over the basics of providing your hermit crab with a happy home that meets their needs.
It's important to understand the kind of habitat you need to create for your Greek tortoise. Here's what you need to build a enclosure your tortoise will thrive in.
Learn how to properly take care of a baby snapping turtle here, including tips on how to create a comfortable habitat, how and what to feed it, and how to help your turtle live long and grow large!
Teaching yourself to determine the sex of your Leopard tortoise can seem impossible in the beginning. The good news is that once you get the hang of reading the signs, you'll never forget them.
It can get boring in the daily life of a bearded dragon if things get too routine or if they are spending too much time in their tanks. These daily enrichment activities can stimulate their minds and enrich their lives!
The red-eared slider turtle is a fantastic pet. Here you can find everything you need to know about this turtle's diet, tank setup, and general maintenance requirements.
Review facts and care information relating to corn snakes. This introduction would be useful to anyone who is thinking of having a corn snake as a pet or for beginner corn snake owners.
In this article, I share my personal take on how to tame your snake or lizard—forget everything you've ever been told.
Say hello to one of the most difficult tortoise species to breed. There's no fighting nature on this one, but when the little ones hatch, the moment will be worth every sacrifice.
Corn snakes are fairly easy to care for and have been selectively domesticated through breeding programs. They are docile when handled regularly and are a pleasure to look at.
A recipe for aquatic turtle food you can make at home with fresh ingredients. You control the portions and quality, and it's a great way to introduce new food to your pet turtle.
This guide will help you choose the best shells for your hermit crabs. Shells that are too small or too large are uncomfortable for hermit crabs, so it is important to provide them with a variety of shells. Painted shells are dangerous to your crabs' health.
A pet green iguana is not for everyone. Take a peek into the exciting world of pet green iguanas with key facts about keeping them as pets, original pictures, and links to additional resources.
Find the perfect name for your pet turtle or tortoise! From Pokemon to Mutant Ninja Turtles, this fun list of names covers a lot of ground. We'll also talk about how to tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise.
This is a list of the equipment I used when I set up terrariums for my Phelsuma klemmeri and cepediana day geckos.
Not knowing what the best foods are for your sulcata can be stressful. Too little of this, too much of that; it can all be quite daunting! This article will teach you everything you need to know.
Caught vs. bought, which turtle is for you? Learn about whether it's better to buy a turtle from a pet store or catch a wild turtle for a pet.
This species is a lizard equivalent of a community tank choice because they can be housed with other non-aggressive species with a similar head-plus-body length.
This article explains in detail the many fascinating and interesting facts about huge, hairy 'spiders' called tarantulas (theraphosidae). This topic of tarantulas also known as spiders (even though they're not true spiders as explained in The...
Do you love snakes? Are you looking for the perfect name for your new companion? Choose from 250+ funny, silly, ironic, or obscure pet snake names. There are badass names too, for anyone looking for something different. Happy searching!
This article will tell you everything you need to know before you get your new pet Sulcata tortoise! Also referred to as African spurred tortoises, these reptiles make great pets and companions, but require a significant amount of preparation and care.
The leopard gecko is the most common pet reptile in homes today. They're small and easy to care for, they come in a variety of colors, and they have a very docile temperament—making them one of the best beginner reptiles.
There are many ways to house your Leopard Gecko. This article explains how to use tubs properly and offers advice on basic husbandry and care requirements to keep your gecko happy.
Many people are puzzled about the nuances of reptile care in the same way that people are confused about basic dog and cat-related topics. Here is a list of reptile-related questions that I have received in the past which may be helpful to some readers seeking advice about their little companions.
Ball pythons are small, beautiful, docile, and are highly recommended for a first-time snake owner. This article looks into where to buy one and what to look for in a healthy snake.
Ceramic heat emitters are one of the best ways to provide a heat source to cold-blooded pets. Learn why and how to use them properly here.
The basics to caring for the species of frog commonly known as "pacman frogs," otherwise known by the scientific name of "C. cranwelli."
Leopard geckos are pretty hardy animals and they make great pets, but if you've noticed that your reptile is not eating, there could be many reasons for this other than them being sick. Make sure that you find out why your gecko isn't eating.