Zoo Med Paludarium system – building a home for aquatic, semi-aquatic and arboreal species

Zoo Med Paludarium system – building a home for aquatic, semi-aquatic and arboreal species

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We have built many paludaria, for those that are unfamiliar with the term, this is a glass constructed terrarium that has an aquarium at the bottom, a land area and then a planted wall to the rear of the terrarium. This allows communal living of compatible aquatic, semi-aquatic and arboreal species altogether in one enclosure. There are some hobbyists that frown on such an enclosure, but it can be done, and now with Zoo Med providing a full range of products designed for this one purpose it has become easier than ever. Perhaps for the more advanced experienced keeper, but it can be done- and very successfully.   Zoo med have brought to market two tall Paludaria, one is 30x30x60cm, the other is 45cmx45cmx90cm. We set up the larger one…
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Golden Sun Skinks – Eutropis multifasciata

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Skinks are a fascinating group of lizards, often sadly overlooked by keepers apart from one or two species such as Blue Tongue Skinks. The Golden Sun Skink is a small to medium sized undemanding skink which are very active and full of character. They are widespread throughout Asia occurring in a variety of habitats, it’s this adaptability that makes them very easy to maintain. They are insectivorous and will readily eat most commercially produced livefood such as crickets, locusts and cockroaches. We’d suggest balancing their diet out even further with not only a varied diet but by also gut loading any livefood offered. This is a simple technique where vitamins and minerals are fed to the insects in their food. In turn, when the insect is eaten that same goodness…
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Zoo Med Lizard and Tortoise Toppers

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It has long been recognised that the methods of providing food for tortoises from the supermarket (lettuce, tomatoes etc) is not a good diet – weed gathering has become the norm for most tortoise keepers. There are many weeds that are suitable as feed for tortoises, all should be washed and taken from areas free from pesticides. Recommended basic food plants: • Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale) • Hawkbits (Leontodon spp.) • Sowthistles (Sonchus spp.) • Hawkweeds (Pictis spp.) • Hawkbeards (Crepis spp.) • Plantains (Plantago spp.) • Clovers (Trifolium spp.) • Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) • Cat's ears (Hypochoeris spp.) • Vetches (Vicina spp.) • Trefoils (Lotus spp.) • Mallows (Malva spp.) • Bindweeds (Calystegia spp.) • Sedums (Sedum spp.) • Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis) Products like Zoo Meds Tortoise Toppers are…
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Reptile Wound treatment – Vetark Tamodine

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For anybody involved in the hobby for a long time the Name Vetark is associated with quality reptile care, great treatments and supplements that do a great job. One of the tried and tested favourites is Tamodine. It’s a product that every reptile keeper should have in their reptile first aid box. A “tamed” version of Iodine this product is the antifungal and antibacterial and is probably the best way of cleaning reptilian wounds – but its not suitable for amphibians. Easy to use, just apply directly to the cut, with cotton wool or a cotton bud – however we would still recommend seeking veterinary advice. Tamodine is effective against bacteria, protozoa, yeasts, fungi and some viruses without damaging delicate skin. It has all of the activity of free iodine…
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Taurrus Predatory mites for treating infestations of snake mite

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Snake mites, the bind of any snake keepers life. Lets face it nobody fancies the thought of any mite like creature in their home. However, just like fleas for cats and dogs, if you have a snake you may find yourself needing to eradicate snake mites. It’s not just snakes either, we have seen mites on several “non-snake” reptile species. Where do they come from? More often than not it’s a mystery, even a household with only one snake can suddenly find themselves with an outbreak. Luckily, it’s not frequent, and when they do occur they cannot cause humans any problems – unlike fleas. I did hear of one report of human infestation, but its rather debatable – over all the years of being involved in the hobby I’ve not…
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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

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…
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