Care of Reptiles

No longer just the snake or lizard captured from your back yard, pet reptiles have become a major industry with exotics imported from all over the world. Reptiles are ectotherms and must back in the sun or find a warm spot to get warm and become active. Keeping reptiles as pets requires equipment, knowledge, and special care. To learn more about how to properly provide the needs of pet reptiles, come into our Pet Reptile category.

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Frogs

What are cute frog names?

  • If the frog is small.... pebble.
  • And if he is big.......frogieo.
  • If he's medium sized.... ribberto (get it ribbet and Roberto)
  • No matter what the size.....Freida
  • Kermit
  • Bagel
  • Lily
  • Beans
  • Frog
  • Ribbit
  • Fry
  • George
  • Cutie
  • Put
  • Sully
  • Boo
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Snakes
Hawks

What do king snakes eat in the wild?

Mainly small rodents such as mice and small rats. They may also eat small lizards and sometimes smaller snakes. They are known to be cannibals and may eat a smaller kingsnake. Sometimes they eat small bird eggs, like those of finches, pigeons, and most songbirds. They will even eat baby birds, if flightless or not mature enough to fly.

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Care of Turtles

How old would a 4 inch red ear slider be?

"Unfortunately, you can not tell the age of a turtle by it's size. Turtles grow depending on how big their environment is."

Actually, no. A red eared slider does NOT grow to their environment. If you feed it, it will grow. If not it will, obviously not grow then die. But there is no way to tell how old a RES is unless you hatched it or know who hatched it. It does not matter how big it is. Some owners over feed or under feed their turtles so there is no way determining it by size either.

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Snakes

How do snakes and alligators move?

alligators use their 2 legs and 4 legs, and snakes use their muscle to move side wind, serpentine, cerpintone, or straight moving.

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Turtles and Tortoises
Herbivores
Carnivores

Are tortoises carnivores?

No - they're exclusively herbivores - vegetarians.

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The Difference Between

What are the differences between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals?

Warm blooded animals generate their own heat through their metabolism.

Cold blooded animals need warmth of the environment to bring their bodily temperature to normal temp.

The main difference between a cold-blooded animal and a warmblooded one is that the warmblooded one has a physiology that includes mechanisms that heat and keep the body warm. The cold-blooded animal lacks these things and its body temperature will change in response to the weather (hot sun, snow) and what the animal can do to avoid the effects of that weather (like a lizard sunning on a rock early in the moring or hiding in the shade at noon).

Warm blooded animals have a constant temperature, and can live in cold temperatures. Cold blooded animal's blood temperature depends on their environment's temperature.

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Turtles and Tortoises

Where does Petco get their Russian tortoises?

Petco's tortoises are wild caught adults, according to Russian Tortoise.org, a well-respected source.

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Slugs and Snails

Why are slugs afraid of salt?

its because the salt it simple dries there body out till they die.

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Care of Lizards

How big of a tank does a tegu need?

It depends on the species - BUT - the commonest one found in petstores - the Argentine black and white tegu, (Tupinambis merianae) CAN grow as large as 54 inches ! Therefore you'd need a vivarium at LEAST 84 long by 48 deep and 72 inches high !

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Snakes

Do baby bull snakes eat insects?

No they do not - they are rodent-eaters. Young snakes need 'pinky' (or new-born) mice - gradually progressing to larger mice or small rats.

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What is a reptile tank called?

A vivarium.

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When do turtles start laying eggs?

Turtle breeding depends on the exact species of turtles. Here is some more information.

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Rattlesnakes

What is the average length of a rattlesnake?

That depends on the species. Some, such as the pygmy rattlesnakes, can grow to almost 2 feet in length while an eastern diamondback may exceed 10 feet as an adult. Most rattlers average between 2-5 feet.

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How many babies can a red ear slider have?

Average clutch size can be anywhere from two to thirty eggs.

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Snakes

Do corn snakes make good pets?

Yes! Corn Snakes make great pets! They are very docile with regular handling (maybe 20 minutes every other day) make sure to have clean water EVERY DAY! when it is a baby feed it a "pinkie" mouse. You're local pet store should have them.Always feed him/her frozen food. Live food is inhumane to the animal. Other than that you should have a long happy life with your Corn Snake

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Rodents

What eats rodents?

owls , cats , dogs , snakes , some lizards eg. Lace monitor

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Snakes

How big do californian king snakes get?

The average adult length is 36-48 inches - but - exceptions can occur and some have reached over five feet.

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Care of Lizards

How do you use a pinky pump to feed reptile?

I found a web-site that explains in great detail how to go about it. (see related link) PLEASE read the LAST paragraph on their page.

Basically if a snake HAS to be force-fed using a pinky pump - intervention should have been instigated long before such drastic action was needed. There are products available to stimulate reptiles feeding reflex, which are far less stressful than restraining a snake and forcing food into its stomach using a pump.

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Tree Frogs

Does it matter if you touch a NQ green tree frog with your hands?

The green tree frog is a non-venomous amphibian. HOWEVER - Reptiles and amphibians are known to be carriers of salmonella - BUT - So long as you wash your hands (preferably with a mild disinfectant) after handling, you'll be fine.

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Turtles and Tortoises

What does a marine tortoise eat?

there is no such thing as a marine tortoise.

all tortoises live on land

all sea turtles live in the ocean

sea turtles eat fish and jellyfish

tortoises mostly eat grasses

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Care of Turtles
Red Eared Slider Turtle

What if your red ear slider is sneezing and hasn't eaten?

Your turtle may not be eating because he is new, but if he is sneezing too he may have PNEUMONIA. PNEUMONIA Symptoms - refusing to eat, sneezing, bubbling at the nose/runny nose, raspy noise when breathing & lethargy. Possible Causes - Pneumonia is caused by damp, cold, draughty conditions. Having warm water & cold air can also cause it, & visa versa. Solution/Prevention - FATAL IF NOT TREATED - TAKE TURTLE TO VET! Immediately move turtle to warm dry housing. Use a tungsten light to warm air temperatures. Fix problems in regular enclosure by ensuring land & water temps. are both warm. Stop draughts from windowa and doors. In Winter place a lid over the basking area of your turtle's enclosure. With thanks to TJ Thornton's book: 'Keeping Red-eared Turtles in New Zealand'

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Boas

Where does red tail boa come from?

It has a wide range of habitat - from northern Mexico, through central and southern America.

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Zoology or Animal Biology
Reptiles
Snakes

What is the study of snakes called?

Ophiology is the study of snakes whereas Herpetology is the study of snakes and many other reptiles

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Snakes

Do rat snakes eat rabbits?

No. Rat snakes never grow large enough to eat something as big as a rabbit.

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Snakes

Why do large snakes need to live in warm places?

All snakes need heat. They have no way to regulate their own temperature and therefore they need external heat in order to digest their food.

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