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Sat, Nov. 20th, 2010, 11:18 pm
draugwen: Temperature and Lighting Issues and Questions

I bought my second herp the other day, a crested chameleon. This is much more maintenance than my leopard gecko, who does quite well with just a heating pad. I live in Southern California, so the temperatures are rarely in the low 50s and it's rarely less than 70 indoors. Jabba, my gecko, is healthy though lazy, and never gets particularly cold.

However, moving from a desert herp to a tropical herp has been a bit nerve-racking for me. I'm housesitting right now, and my chameleon is with me here until I go back home in the beginning of December. As such, my lighting is not in its permanent placement and both of my lights are shoddily clamped to an external lamp and resting just above the screen.

My worry is the temperature gauge never goes above 65 F. I'm using a Zilla combo humidity-thermometer. In one light I have a UVB Repti Glo 5.0 fluorescent and in the other a Zilla 50 watt Day Blue UVA incandescent. I also have a Zilla heat mat, same as the one I use for my gecko, under wood chips. Is my problem the bulbs, or the placement of the temp gauge, which is right in the middle of the terrarium, whereas the lights are on the right side? He doesn't seem to be bothered by the temperature, since he spends most of his time on the left side. I know chameleons can do okay in the mid-60s F, but I feel uncomfortable with having the temperature below 75 F.

Also, for nighttime, since my herps are in my bedroom, how does everyone manage night heating? Would turning the lights off be alright (he seems to sleep just fine with them on, though I may not) or should I invest in a sleep mask?

Sat, Nov. 13th, 2010, 08:26 pm
cyaneus: Chameeeeeleon.

Hi! I'm new in this community. I joined because I'm struggling with a reptile-related decision.

My housemate and I have been in love with a Jackson's chameleon at our local pet store for a couple weeks. I've gone back to the store just to visit her a handful of times, so I think perhaps I am now edging out of "impulse decision" territory and into "serious consideration" territory. The problem is, I have never owned a reptile before! So today when I went back to visit her, I bought a book about chameleons. It has actually not served its intended purpose of deterring me from wanting to buy her--instead I am making mental lists of things I would need to have in my house in order to care for her. But I want to make sure that I am totally, completely prepared before I drop a couple hundred dollars on this endeavor.

Here's a rough list of things I think I would need:

Large glass indoor enclosure
Large wire outdoor enclosure (would a cage designed for finches work well?)
Reptile carpet
Thermometer & humidity gauge
UV lamp for indoor enclosure
Night light for indoor enclosure
Some kind of drip system (even just tupperware with a pinhole at the bottom)
Spray bottle for misting
Lots and lots of branches and plants
Small terrarium for insect-keeping
Gram scale

So what am I forgetting? Are there Very Important Things I must know before starting to acquire all these things, and ultimately a chameleon? If I do it, I want to do it right!

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2010, 10:17 am
kittensandsteam: see what I have to live with? He's taken up his version of dumpster diving now!

garbage bin diving

In reality he was balancing on the paper bin to get onto the books on the right of him to have a nap there.
I ended up picking him up and putting him on them :)

Silly Shinto :)

Thu, Dec. 24th, 2009, 11:49 am
kittensandsteam: Gamer lizard

Niels got me this Raving Rabbits bag. Shinto took ONE look at it and demanded it. It's now outside his cage. He likes to lounge on it or in it.
Spoilt lizard that one :)

Shinto on his Raving Rabbits bag

Wed, Oct. 14th, 2009, 08:45 pm
kittyquat: (no subject)

Hi, I'm new here and I am in need of some advise.

I went to the local pet store today to take a look at their reptiles and I noticed this little skink in small tank on the counter. Cute little guy. The label on his tank simply said "Skink & Cage - $34." My friend and I ask a clerk if they knew what kind of skink it was, but all the clerk knew was that it was from Australia. I noticed that the tank had neither a UVB light, heat lamp, or a UTH. I'm assuming it was brought in like that by it's previous owner and the store personnel didn't know what to do with it. I asked if it needed UVB or heat (presumably it does) and the clerk stated simply that they hadn't been using any and shrugged.

As I left I started to feel bad for the little guy but I didn't want to just buy him without first finding out what his needs were so I went home and tried to do some research. I had to figure out what species he was first though. I Googled Australian skinks and found the Common Garden Skink which bared the most resemblance to the skink at the pet store. The problem is that this species is rarely kept as a pet so care information is scarce.

I was able to find out that it does need UVB and and a temperature range of 75-85F (24-29C). It eats crickets, mealworms, earthworms, caterpillars, and other basic lizard foods. It likes to burrow, can't see prey unless it moves, only needs to eat every 4-5 days but will accept food everyday, and only grows to a length of 14cm.

That's all I was able to gather. Is there anybody here who knows anything else, like what substrates are suitable? Is high or low humidity appropriate. What supplements are needed? do they bite much? Is any of this information wrong? Would it be okay to move the little guy to a 20gallon long terrarium or is he better off in his little 2-3 gal?

I'm still debating buying him, mostly because I really had my hearts set on a Dotted House Snake (If I can ever find a place or person to adopt or buy one from). But at the very least I can go back to the pet store and talk to them about it. Any information at all would be helpful. Thank you.

Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009, 12:52 am
starlight638: Help!!!! (x-posted like mad)

I think my leo was just trying to drown himself and has been acting erratically all evening. I've never seen him set foot in his water dish before, but he's been getting the whole way into his water dish, even dipping his head under, and thrashing his tail like he was going to drop it whenever I got close to the tank. I left him alone for a few minutes to see if he'd calm down, and when I went back, nearly his entire head was under water, including mouth and nostrils. He didn't move at all when I poked him and told him to stop that, and I was scared he'd drowned himself somehow, but I picked him up out of the water and he was still ok.
I suspect it was a stress reaction to a large new burrow-style cave I'd put in his tank earlier this afternoon, because I took it out and he's stopped trying to get in his water dish and has actually laid down on the warm part of his carpet (to dry off, I suppose). But if it was a reaction to the burrow, why now instead of 6 hours ago when I first put it in? He was having a grand time exploring it when I first put it in, climbing all over the top of it (but not going inside yet). Why would he suddenly become so terrified of it he'd rather drown himself than walk past it to hide in his other cave?
For other background info, he hasn't been eating well for about a month now, only a couple worms each week. I tried feeding him crickets this afternoon (before putting the burrow in) and he wouldn't have anything to do with them.
I think after I've given him a few more minutes to calm down, I'm going to re-arrange his tank like it was before with both his old caves and see how he does with that. Any advice on what to watch for/what else to do/what not to do?
For reference, here's the new burrow I put in his tank: http://www.t-rexproducts.com/products/vivarium-foam-systems/peek-view-burrow/ Mine's a 20L rather than a 10 like the burrow's made for, so it was only up against half of one side.

Thu, Jun. 25th, 2009, 09:16 pm
uru_king: cheap herpfood


so my silkworms moths have given me loads of eggs, that will eclode and give origin to more silkworms

i selling this silkworms as pets and food for reptiles, amphibians, spiders, birds and other animals





Silkworms are the larva of a moth  native to Asia that spins a cocoon of fine, strong, lustrous fiber that is the source of commercial silk.

Newborns are small enough for most baby reptiles to eat and young silkworms can even be fed so they will grow to a desired size. Silkworms are soft-bodied, slow moving and can grow to 3 inches in length. They are also relatively fast growing, reaching about 3 inches in length and ready to cocoon in as little as 25 - 28 days.
Silkworms are naturally the healthiest insect you can get to feed your pet.due to the low-fat content and nutritional value of a silk worm. Silkworms are a high source of Calcium, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, and Vitamins B1, B2, and B3.
Silkworms look and taste better to most animals than many other types of feeders.
They cannot jump, escape or hide, unlike many other insects. They are slow moving and easier for your animals to catch.
Soft Bodied: They are easier for your animals to swallow and digest. Silkworms cannot bite or harm your animals because they have no sharp jaws or legs.
And Silkworms often cause a feeding response from picky eaters or animals on a hunger strike.
one of my turtles is really small compared to the other two because she doesn’t eat as much as they doo and she is picky she did like the silkworms tho



I went to see the prices of silkworms and such in selling sites and they reage from 12 to up dollars


I’m selling mine for 5$ a group plus 3$ shipping , im selling the eggs for now wich are easier to send ill be sending them off with food too , but if you are willing to wait I can send you the worms in any size you want from tiny to really, really, reallllyyy fat

The payment should be done via paypal, anyone interested?

i ship internationally and each group has more less 100 eggs

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009, 10:57 am
kashanclaws: Argentine Black and White Tegu

So i have OFFICIALLY decided that I am going to get an Argentine B&W tegu.

Today I'm going to meet with a few people who said they could get one in for me... One of which is a great herper in the area who runs an amazing business and has always been willing to help me out, and who keeps some really stunning, healthy animals. The other is this lady who i got my HTCT female (andromeda) leopard gecko from, and she has a lot of quality herps too. Soooo at this point, i'm looking based on health firstly, temperment, and colouration lastly.

I'm hoping to find a female, but since i'm getting a baby, it could be a long shot.

Anyway. If any of you guys have any helpful insider tips on their care, aside from the general care, that'd be great. I'm not looking to purchase just yet... want to continue my research and begin procuring the supplies i will need. Fortunately, i have a friend who is giving away most of his reptile stuff (he had to downsize his collection completely, except for a mildly retarded leopard gecko... poor lil gecko is all kinds of messed up, it seriously has CROSSED EYES. but he is way cute and we love him dearly) and i also have a load of surplus stuff, from UTH's to heat lamps, and substrate... should be fun getting it all together.

Anyway, just wanted to share my excitement with you guys. I'll take some pics of the potentials, so you all can give your opinions, and of course, oogle at cute baby lizards!

On my reptile front at home, Nymphadora, my high yellow leopard gecko, is gearing up to lay her third pair of eggs. very cool.

And Archie the beardie hung out with me while I played Super nintentdo yesterday. He does this adorable thing where he crawls next to my thigh, and tries to smush his face between my leg and the couch 0_0 haha and then the wiggles his big ole dragony butt so that he's THISCLOSE to me, wedged between me and couch.

Its the cutest thing ever.

Wed, Apr. 8th, 2009, 01:29 pm
kashanclaws: (no subject)


Argentine B&W Tegus are looking like a viable option. I'm a fan of the fact that they are usually very tame, in comparison to other monitors/tegus. And they are just lovely to behold. And more manageably sized than a lot of monitors, within my idea range.

Any thoughts/ Comments? GO!

hah thanks guys!

Mon, Apr. 6th, 2009, 11:28 pm
charismasuicide: the feds wanna' take your pets [x-posted]

On April 23rd 2009, The Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. Congress will hold a hearing on H.R. 669, a resolution that will in effect ban importation, interstate transport, and the private ownership of most birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish as pets. Should HR669 be adopted as written only the following nonnative animals
would be allowed:

-Cats (Felis catus)
-Cattle/Oxen (Bos taurus)
-Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
-Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)
-Donkey/Asses (Equus asinus)
-Domesticated Geese (family Anatidae)
-Domesticated Ducks (Anas spp.)
-Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus)
-Common Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
-Horses (Equus caballus)
-Llama (Lama glama)
-Mule/Hinny (Equus caballus x E. asinus)
-Domesticated Pigs/Hogs (Sus scrofa domestica)
-Domesticated Rabbit vatieties (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
-Sheep (Ovis aries)

Should this resolution be adopted into law as written it will have a devastating impact on every pet owner and business in the United States.

Action is needed TODAY to protect your rights to keep your pets! (So call/email/write your local congressrep voicing your opposition)
Click the link below for more information and what you can do to protect your pets:

My $.02 On The BillCollapse )

x-posted to pertinent communities
EDIT: I made quite the... Equus asinus of myself, believing what was circulating before studying the bill. That list is only the definition of domestic species. No list has been agreed upon yet. LINK FOR ACTUAL BILL

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