Reptile Care and Advice Reptile Care and Advice


Leopard
Gecko
Juvenile

Leopard
Gecko
Adult

Corn Snake

Garter Snake

Milk/King Snake

Royal Python

Bearded

Dragon

Water dragon

Chameleon

(Veiled or Yemen)

Vivarium
Size

24inch







VX24 Vivarium

24inch one

36inch two
lots of space not necessary




VX24/VX36
Vivarium

Ferplast Geo Lg. for hatchling.

Hatchlings stress out in large

Sub. adult/Adult

36” vivarium.


Ferplast Geo Lg/VX36 Vivarium

Most single snakes can be housed in a 10-gallon or 20-gallon tank with a secured screen top.

Adult’s 30” glass vivariums.

Ferplast Geo Lg.

PT2602

Ferplast Geo Lg hatchling.

Hatchlings stress out in large Vivariums.

Sub. adult/Adult

36” vivarium.


Ferplast Geo Lg/VX36 Vivarium

18” – 24” vivarium for juvenile.

36 inch min. for an adult.




VX24/VX36
Vivarium

30 inch for juvenile

and 48x24x24 inch for adult.




VX36

VX48 (min for one adult)

These need a lot of room a 6ftx2ftx4ft

High min for and adult.

Require access to a large water bowl
Require 6ft Vivarium

Not currently available from ValueAquatics

Flexarium or purpose built Vivarium 2ftx2ftx3ft or taller.


Lighting
Required

Viewing Only

Repti Glo 2 compact.

Triton reptile light.



Viewing Only

Repti Glo 2 compact.

Triton reptile 18W

Viewing Only Repti Glo 2 compact.

triton reptile light or arcadia reptile lamp UVB2 With controller.

Full light Repti Glo 2 compact.

triton reptile light or arcadia reptile lamp UVB2 With controller.

PT2100 (light and daytime temperature)

Viewing Repti Glo 2 compact.

triton reptile light or arcadia reptile lamp UVB2 With controller.

PT2100 (light and daytime temperature)

Viewing only use a spot bulb PT2132 for basking and heat.

Or ceramic PT2046 with Cobrastat thermostat cage for heat. Must be run on a thermostat

reptile lamp with control gear UVB2

Require full spectrum lighting with UV-B and UV-A, Reptisun 10 or similar. With controller.

PT2102 (light and daytime temperature) Repti Glo 10 compact.

Full spectrum Reptile light UV 5. With controller.

Repti Glo 5 compact.

Reptisun 5.0, Zoo Med’s Iguana Light 5.0. With controller.

Repti Glo 2 or 5 compact. Depends on species.

Heating
Required

Heat Matt

½ size of vivarium floor. . PT2131 with Cobrastat thermostat needed to give added heat during daylight hours.

Daytime high should be 82°F on one end of tank to 90°F under a spot light (choose wattage appropriate for providing the correct temperature. Night temperature should be 70° - 72° F via heat mat. Heat Mat 6”x11”

Heat Matt ½ size of vivarium floor. PT2131 with Cobrastat thermostat

Heat Matt

11”x17”

½ size of vivarium floor An Adult will require a 60W ceramic heat emitter PT2045 or PT2132

with Cobrastat thermostat

The cool end on the enclosure should be around 70° F with a basking spot of around 84° F. Heat mat covering half the floor or back wall area. Night drop of 10F.

Heatmat 6”x11”/11”x17”

PT2100 (light and daytime temperature)

Temperature ranging between 75º to 85º F. Use a heat mat that covers half the floor or rear wall area.

Heatmat 6”x11”/11”x17”

PT2100 (light and daytime temperature)

Daytime temperature of 80-85F dropping to 73-75F at night.

Heat mats should be placed on the back wall of the vivarium. It is bad for heavy bodied snakes to lay on a heatmat.

Main heating via ceramic bulb PT2045 or PT2132 or a basking spot bulb as detailed above. Both PT2134 with Cobrastat thermostat

Daytime temp. Basking spot with temperatures ranging from 90 to 105F.

Night 75-80F


A heat mat covering half the vivarium floor as background heat. A ceramic heater PT2047 or a spot bulb PT2134 on an appropriate thermostat Cobrastat thermostat.

Day time: 84-88 F with drop to 75-80 F at night. Must have a basking area going up to 90 F during day at one side of tank.

The basking area should be around 90ºF to 95ºF.Cool end 10º drop.

The basking spot light should be on for 12 hours a day and away from any branches or they will climb on it.

PT2134 on an appropriate thermostat one with a day/night setting.

Or use two heat sources Either an infra red bulb PT2130 or heat emitter PT2047 again on a thermostat

Substrate

Newspaper or kitchen paper for the first year.

Sub adult onwards Calci sand.

calci sand, Coir/playpen sand mixed 1:1.

Beech chippings, No 6 or 8 reptile bedding. Aspen newspaper or kitchen paper.

Aspen, Orchid Bark fine or coconut chippings.


Beech chippings,

Aspen newspaper or kitchen paper.

No 6 or 8 reptile bedding

Coconut chips or aspen.

Spray with water daily.

Orchid Bark fine

Paper for babies up to a year old, then calcisand or playpen sand peat mix 1:1.

Water dragons are semi-arboreal but also need enough water to submerge and swim comfortably in, as well as branches for climbing, and plenty of ground area for roosting and feeding.

Mixture of 2/3 peat soil + 1/3 clean sand with areas of bark

None or Newspaper kitchen roll or brown wrapping paper.

Lose substrate can cause impaction by picking up substrate on their tongue.

Décor

Various Rockwork made into small caves plastic plants, PT3030-3052.

A water bowl PT2801 must be included and filled with fresh water daily.

Various Rockwork made into small caves

Plastic plants, PT3030-3052.

A water bowl PT28PT5803-04 must be included and filled with fresh water daily.

Various selection including bendable vines PT3080-3082 and plastic plants PT3030-3052 , a water bowl PT2851-54

must be included and filled with fresh water daily

A good sized water bowl big enough for the snake to soak in. PT2853-54

Rocks, cave/hide PT2851-54

Branches PT3080-82, cork bark...

Rocks, Branches, cork bark. Cave/hide PT2851-54

Water bowl PT2853-54 large enough for the snake to soak in.


Rocks and branches.

A hide box or cave PT2851-54

is required.

Water bowl PT2853-54

large enough for the snake to soak in.

Rocks and logs with a cave for sleeping. Water bowl PT2853-54 should be added but they rarely use one. Spray the animal daily.

Lots of branches and access to a swimming area. The water will have to be changed daily as they defecate in it as well as swim.


A fountain they will not drink from a bowl or spray daily.

Lots of Branches. Live plants Pothos, hibiscus, Umbrella plants or Ficus benjamani, Ficus "Alii", and Ficus natidia. They will eat the leaves of ficus so rotate live plants.

Feeding

Crickets, meal worms and locusts of appropriate size.

Supplement normal diet with Calcium Supplement, i.e. Tetra ReptoCal

Crickets, meal worms and locusts of appropriate size.

Supplement normal diet with Calcium Supplement, i.e. Tetra ReptoCal

Feed on Mice of appropriate size Pinkies to large mice once a week. Do not overfeed.

Feeds on earth worms and fish dip food in Tetra ReptoCal supplement every other feed. Feed. Feed food appropriate to the snake’s size.









Juvenile feed Weekly with defrost “pinky” mice. Adult feed weekly with full size mouse, it is important not to over feed.

Hatchlings fuzzy mice or pinkies to get started.

Adults

Feed them Thawed frozen small rats or mice of appropriate size weekly

Crickets, mealworms, Locusts and a variety of greens and vegetables.

Supplement calcium and Ca vitamins. Tetra ReptoCal

Hatchlings and Juveniles: 2-3 week old crickets. Also finely chopped vegetables and fruits.

Adults:
Small mice, 4 week old crickets, Locusts, Morio worms as well as plant matter. Also feed plant matter, such as greens and fruits.

Feed your chameleon(s) daily by placing live insects with the fresh thin sliced/chopped vegetables into a plastic container which is large enough to prevent the insects from escaping. (A 2 litre ice cream tub is perfect). Vitamin &/or mineral Tetra ReptoCal supplementation when required can then be sprinkled on the insects and vegetables. Shake the container to evenly coat the vegetables and insects

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