Projects filed under: Reptiles

INTRODUCTION: Uromastyx are native to northern Africa and the Middle East and there are numerous different species. Lifespan is roughly 15 years and adults can grow up to 30 inches in length, depending on the species. These animals are often...

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UVB necessary, High focal basking site temperature, appropriate calcium and multivitamin supplementation needed

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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, diarrhea, swollen digits/limbs, lethargy
INTRODUCTION: Green iguanas have been kept as pets in captivity for many decades, however their popularity has decreased in recent years as people have become more aware of their large adult size and correlate space requirements. For the appropriately educated...

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UVB/UVA lighting, appropriate humidity, balanced diet

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Healthy annual examinations, swollen digits or limbs, skin lesions, tremors or seizures, straining to defecate, appears painful, lethargy
INTRODUCTION: Native to rainforest and some desert environments, chameleons are becoming increasingly popular as pets in the United States. Their management is highly specialized, and they are considered to be extremely fragile and notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. Appropriate...

Specific Requirements

UVB necessary, appropriate calcium and multivitamin supplementation needed

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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, swollen or closed eyes, swollen digits/limbs, lethargy

Specific Requirements

UVB necessary, appropriate calcium and multivitamin supplement important, careful attention to humidity and hydration is a must

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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, swollen digits/limbs, shedding issues, lethargy
INTRODUCTION: Bearded dragons are native to Australia. Lifespan in captivity is approximately 10+ years, with adult size around 12 to 14 inches. They can make good pets if kept properly in captivity.   HOUSING: Bearded dragons should generally be housed...

Specific Requirements

UVB necessary, appropriate calcium and multivitamin supplementation needed

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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, diarrhea, swollen digits/limbs, lethargy
INTRODUCTION: Over 1500 species of skinks exist in the world, with the blue-tongued skin and the prehensile-tongued skin being two of the most popularly kept as pets. Lifespan, adult sizes, and diet vary greatly with the species, so be sure...

Specific Requirements

UVB necessary, appropriate calcium and multivitamin supplement important, careful attention to humidity and hydration is a must

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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, swollen digits/limbs, lethargy
INTRODUCTION: Over 70 species of monitor lizards are currently recognized, with many originating from Africa, Asia, and Australia. Lifespan and adult sizes vary with species, and many can get quite large, so be sure to research your prospective pet well....

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Most species require experienced owners only, most species require large enclosures

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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, swollen digits/limbs, lethargy
INTRODUCTION: About 1500 species of geckos exist in the world. The most commonly found in captivity include leopard geckos (native to Asia through parts of India), African fat-tailed geckos, and New Caledonian crested geckos (see separate husbandry handout for crested...

Specific Requirements

UVB not necessary, calcium and multivitamin supplementation necessary

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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, swollen digits/limbs, lethargy
INTRODUCTION: Numerous tortoise species exist in the world, with Russian Tortoises, Redfoot Tortoises, and Leopard Tortoises being some of the most commonly kept as pets. Adult size varies with species, and many can live 20-50+ years. Any potential new tortoise...

Specific Requirements

UVB lighting required for most species, complete and varied diet, calcium and multivitamin supplementation is necessary

Reasons To
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Healthy annual examinations, not eating/defecating, nasal discharge, swollen eyes, swollen digits or limbs, lethargy