Zoo Med Repti-Fogger review

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I have been in the rainforests around the world several times over the years, studying and photographing animals. For anybody who hasn’t been there let me tell you that it is hot and humid – makes it very sticky and uncomfortable. It’s not only the areas that get hot, I have visited cloud forests where it is cool, and the humidity just hangs in the air. For the animals that live in these places, it is just normal to them, and such animals need that level of humidity if they are to thrive. When keeping the frogs and lizards (in particular) from those regions it is critical to maintain and correctly monitor the hight humidity levels. There are many ways a hobbyist can provide humidity – waterfalls, spraying the terrarium…
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Crested Anoles

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The Crested Anole is a small lizard species, but no less impressive because of it. The crest on the males puts them in the same (but miniaturised) league of Basilisks, of which they are distantly related. Growing to around 7-8cm, snout to vent (not including tail) and the ability to change colour (but not as dramatically as chameleons) from light greys to reddish browns they make stunning and interesting subjects for the vivaria. They are also relatively easily catered for, as long as some simple guidelines are followed. To keep them you will need a relatively tall vivaria, in their natural habitat in Puerto Rico they are said to inhabit the lower foliage of rainforests, up to around two metres from the ground. Certainly they will not require a vivarium…
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Bosc Monitors

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Bosc monitors (sometimes referred to as Savannah monitors in US literature) are a largish lizard native to Africa. Over the years they have been a popular choice as pets, but it’s perhaps best to describe this species as needing more advanced care than many pet keepers can offer. Please give careful consideration to their needs, they require a large vivarium once adult, larger than most keepers can provide in the average home. As with many monitor species they can be quite destructive too, so enclosures must be stoutly built and its important to ensure (for the safety of animal and keeper) that all heaters, lights and any other electrical equipment and cables are well fastened, secure and guarded (fire risk). For a baby Bosc a three to four feet vivarium…
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Exo Terra Bendable Vines for natural planted terraria.

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It’s been fun to see the increase in popularity of natural planted terraria over the last few years. Now a hobby within a hobby, with many exotic animal keepers having at least one eco-terrarium. I think this is easy to understand, but then I have been interested in planted terraria for may years. But, who wouldn’t want a beautiful slice of the jungle in their living room? A terrarium often becomes the main focal point in any living room, and it is certainly a very natural way of keeping species such as frogs and Day geckos. This product, though not entirely aimed at the natural terrarium market, is entirely at home within such an environment. This bendy vine looks natural and the non-moss version will even allow real moss to…
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Salmon Pink tarantulas – Lasiodora parahybana

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Salmon Pink tarantulas are regarded as the third biggest tarantula in the world and are an impressive spider. Couple this with their reputation for relative docile nature and ease of breeding it’s easy to see why this species is so popular in captivity.   They occur in the forest regions of Brazil and are a relatively common tarantula. They are commonly bred in captivity. A big spider, with huge fangs and urticating hairs (they flick them from their abdomen with their legs) they should be handled with only when necessary and with care – even though considered a docile species. They are usually set out in the open, so make a great showcase species to keep. They are also easy to fatally damage if dropped, a small fall of only…
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Socotra Island Baboon Tarantula (Monocentropus Balfouri)

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A stunningly beautiful Old World communal tarantula species, electric blue legs and a rich sandy orange body contrast beautifully. An average adult size makes them a mid-sized tarantula species at around 4-5 inches. In the wild they occur, as their name suggests, on one Island off the coast of Africa, Socotra island.   The Island is relatively dry, however in captivity it is necessary to create a microclimate in an area that is quite high humidity, around 70-85{cb5d0a8cf0c44aef2db327d9ab0dba08dd09aed1126b509e5fa01d3aaa87fe47} - this can be achieved by spraying their webs with water.  The rest of the enclosure can be kept at around 60-70{cb5d0a8cf0c44aef2db327d9ab0dba08dd09aed1126b509e5fa01d3aaa87fe47} humidity. They will create quite an intricate system of webbing, especially when kept in communal groups. Provide a relatively large vivarium for groups, so they have room to go about…
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Jungle Carpet pythons – Morelia spilota cheynei

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Jungle Carpet pythons are a smaller, more brighter coloured variety of the Carpet python that occurs through many regions in Australia, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. Jungle Carpet pythons are found in the rainforest areas of Queensland in North Eastern Australia. Although a relatively easy species to maintain in captivity, they are best kept by those with some experience of keeping snakes. They are a medium sized snake (six to seven feet long) that is often a little bad tempered and many bite frequently in defence. However, for those that have the ability and tolerance they are a truly beautiful snake. Keep this species in tall vivaria as they are an arboreal species – they like to climb on branches and vines. We would suggest a minimum of three…
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Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus)

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Brown Basilisks are an overlooked species of Iguanid lizard, generally the flashier Plumed Basilisk with its bright green colouration and bigger crests take the attention of most potential keepers. That’s a shame, as given the chance the Brown Basilisk is a great vivarium subject and has the added bonus of being smaller than the Plumed. In the wild they occur in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Mexico, Central America and into Columbia and are relatively commonly found. They share the well-known ability to run over water on their hindlegs, their rear feet have developed skin between their toes that aids this – along with the superfast speed they can achieve. Along with the Plumed Basilisk they are not a commonly kept species in captivity, the large vivarium they will…
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Woodlice and Pillbugs

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Over the last few years here has been a revival of natural planted terraria – I say revival as the keeping of planted terraria has been very popular in the past too. Some people keep the terraria reptile or amphibian free and aim to just create a slice of natural terrain with plants and mosses only. However, that would just go against the grain for us, and of course we would add some nice frogs or light climbing lizards to complete the picture! Once there are animals added it becomes a true eco-system, that of course needs balancing – we need a clean up crew to deal with the mess the animals make. This is where we can take advantage of mother nature as there are already natural feeders of…
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Kenyan Sand boas

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Sand boas are a group of boas that are strange in several ways, they are very small, they are fossorial (burrowing species) and are relatively unusual occurring in the “Old World”, most Boa species occur in the “New World” (“Old World” is Europe, Africa and / or Asia and “New World” is the Americas). This sub-species may not be recognised as a separate sub-species anymore, depending on author, as a traditionalist I still recognise it as Gongylophis colubrinus loveridgei, some herpetologists regard it as monotypic with geographic variation. It’s worth mentioning that even the view of Boas in the “New World” and Pythons in the “New World” is also regarded as traditionalist – this author is guilty as charged. Kenyan Sand boas do not grow the large size of their…
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