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  • Help and Advice on Caring for Exotic Pets
    exotic pets and certainly one of the most instantly recognised and universally loved of all reptiles we ve been keeping tortoises in 20 views in Feb Rules and Regulations on Keeping Exotic Pets Rules and regulations seem to be an inescapable part of modern life they re everywhere When it comes to keeping pets and 20 views in Feb Keeping Snakes FAQ Snake keeping is an increasingly popular hobby and one which generates loads of questions especially amongst those who are just starting out and their friends and 12 views in Feb Swifts and Fence Lizards As their name suggests swifts are fast moving agile little lizards and although they are not the easiest of reptiles to keep if properly cared for they 10 views in Feb Keeping Exotic Pets Outdoors There s something quite appealing about the idea of being able to keep exotic pets outdoors at least for some of the year For the committed reptile 10 views in Feb Our Categories Ask Our Experts What Cures Are Available for Axolotls What Species are my Care Guides Caring for Frog Toads Caring for Caecilians Caring for Costs Regulation Basic Biology of Reptiles Amphibians How to Insure Your Exotic Faqs Housing Exotic Pets FAQ Furnishing Your Tank FAQ Keeping Snakes Health Safety Understanding Venom Where to Get An Exotic Pet Picking the Right Housing Equipment Vivarium Terrarium or Aquarium What s the difference Choosing and Invertebrate Pets Emperor Scorpions as Pets Keeping Vinegarones Whip Scorpions Need to Know What You Might Not Know About Tortoises What You Might Not Know Oddities in an Aquarium Keeping Sea Anemones Keeping Marine Worms How Pet Amphibians Clawed Frogs and Tree Frogs Keeping Marine Toads and Green Toads Pet Reptiles Skinks as Pets Looking After European Pond Terrapins How to Keep Questionnaires Quiz

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  • Vivarium, Terrarium or Aquarium; What's the difference?
    With many an aquarium tank having been put into use to house non aquatic pets especially in the early days of reptile keeping where specialist equipment was not available there s an obvious source of confusion and the answer is of course when it s a terrarium Interestingly although today the word terrarium is widely understood to describe a home for terrestrial animals rather than plants this use is a fairly modern one The first terrarium was invented back in 1827 by Nathaniel Ward a London doctor and amateur botanist to house his fern collection safely away from the growing levels of pollution being generated by the local industries of the day His work led to the development of Wardian Cases which were used in large numbers by explorers to contain the exotic plants they had collected on the voyage back to Britain For pets such as land crabs many newts and various kinds of frogs which need access to areas of both land and water a hybrid form of tank exists the aqua terrarium The derivation of this composite word is blindingly obvious So What s a Vivarium Any container which makes a home for your pet is a vivarium from the Latin vivere to live which means that technically you could possibly even argue that a rabbit hutch qualifies though it s not something you re ever likely to hear being said From this it s pretty clear that every aquarium as well as every terrarium and aqua terrarium is a vivarium but not every vivarium is an aquarium The term can be particularly useful to draw a distinction between when you are speaking generally about all kinds of exotic animals as vivarium pets rather than making a more specific point about either aquatic or terrestrial ones Does It Matter Today there is such a wonderful array of tanks and vivaria or vivariums if you prefer gracing the average exotic pet shop that it s hard to imagine the time when the only choice you had was how big an aquarium to buy The days of carrying your tank home and then having to set about making your own escape proof lid are not so very long ago so it s pretty clear that for many kinds of animals it really doesn t matter if you use an aquarium without water to house them and least of all from their point of view However there are times when a specialist vivarium comes into its own and many of the high end units are remarkable pieces of furniture in their own right making them ideal not only as homes for your pets but also as display pieces and talking points in your living room Opting for one of these Rolls Royces of vivarium design buys you an impressive level of convenience and a quality of finish You can certainly house your animal perfectly adequately for considerably less cost but then buying one of these was always going to be

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  • How to Keep Pet Tortoises
    animal is another one which resembles the more familiar European species in fact it was originally classified alongside them as Testudo only recently getting its own genus Like them it hibernates and is herbivorous but unlike them it is sensitive to humidity so needs slightly higher temperatures and drier conditions only hot dry days can be spent in the garden Bell s Hinge Back Tortoise Kinixys belliana a West African species that grows to about the same size as the Spur Thighed but requires higher temperatures and a little more humidity does not hibernate and eats an omnivorous diet It can go outside in really good weather but otherwise it s definitely a candidate for the heated terrarium making it a species for the experienced tortoise keeper Housing Your Pets Some species can make the most of the British summer and these hardier kinds obviously make the best pets not least because being given a bit of freedom to wander gives them the best opportunity to live a more natural kind of life However all will need some kind of heated indoor quarters for when the weather is more typically British The levels of humidity and temperature along with other requirements needed varies between species but three things in particular remain true of all tortoises Firstly it s vital to heat the air as well as just the ground heat pads and hot rocks will keep the animals warm but your pets will still be breathing cold air into their lungs which can lead to serious respiratory problems Secondly tortoises have a high requirement for UV light so your enclosure or terrarium will need to be equipped with a suitable light source and be aware that the output of these lamps drops off alarmingly quickly over time so follow the manufacturer s instructions about when to replace them Finally tortoises are a good deal more active than the old fable about that race with the hare might suggest Their home needs to be large enough to accommodate them comfortably and give them sufficient room to be able to explore and move around freely Food And Feeding The question of tortoise diet is a complicated one and has been the subject of much scientific study over the years A balanced diet is essential and fortunately a number of common garden plants such as cress parsley and dandelion leaves are suitable having high nutrient value and good levels of minerals and vitamins On the other hand many of the traditional tortoise foods are far less suitable lettuce offer very little goodness and seems addictive while cabbage in large amounts slows down tortoise metabolism When it comes to feeding your pets feed as varied a diet as possible give them lots of clean water to drink and don t forget to do plenty of research There are many different kinds of tortoises in the world and not all of them are suitable as pets and even some of those which are require considerable

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  • Rules and Regulations on Keeping Exotic Pets
    minimum age for buying or winning a pet to 16 though children younger than this can of course still legally own a pet The new rules certainly have some serious teeth to back them up the most serious offences carry a maximum penalty of up to 51 weeks imprisonment or a fine of up to 20 000 or both This act applies only in England and Wales the Scottish Parliament having passed a similar legislation the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006 while in Northern Ireland the Welfare of Animals Act Northern Ireland 1972 is the principal set of legal rules governing animal care Dangerous Wild Animals Act Originally brought in to curb the ownership of creatures which posed a real danger to the public the Dangerous Wild Animals Act s main contribution was to stop clueless lunatics keeping lions and tigers in one bedroom flats to the obvious relief of sane people everywhere Owners of animals which featured on the dangerous list could apply for a licence to keep their pets but were expected to be able to demonstrate that they were competent to keep the creature in question and could provide it with a proper environment in which to live This situation has persisted since the act originally came into force in 1976 While some of the species originally on the list have been taken off and others added by and large the rules seem to be working pretty well if the reduction in the numbers of crocodiles being kept in baths is anything to go by Fortunately since no reputable dealer will sell you any creature to which this legislation applies unless you have a licence to keep it you re unlikely to fall foul of the rules Other Rules and Regulations Depending on the type of animal you keep other rules and regulations also apply The Wildlife and Countryside Act for example gives protection to some of our native species which might once have been considered for keeping as exotic pets and prohibits the release of exotic species into the wild Some of the European endangered species which in the past were seen as potential pets are today afforded protection under the Berne Convention and other similar EU statutes For questions about this kind of regulations or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES DEFRA should definitely be your first call Away from the large national and international pieces of legislation there can often be other more local rules on keeping exotic pets particularly if you live in rented accommodation or a block of flats with a residents committee Not everyone is particularly open minded or welcoming when it comes to exotic pets and sometimes no amount of diplomacy or protestations about how inoffensive your snake is or harmless your scorpion will win people over Although just about everything seems to have some law or regulation attached to it for the most part law abiding responsible pet keepers aren t likely to need to

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  • Keeping Snakes: FAQ
    it can t breathe not crushing it and the size of python that could do that to an adult would need a tank rather larger than the average home would be able to accommodate That said obviously children shouldn t be left unsupervised around big constrictors but then they shouldn t be left alone with small ones or pet hamsters either for that matter Will I Have To Feed My Pet Live Food Apart from a few specialist feeders such as the Egg Eating Snake Dasypeltis in the wild snakes take living prey but many especially captive bred ones will happily accept pre killed rodents or day old chicks depending on their size My Snake Never Seems To Blink Is It Ill It doesn t because it simply can t Snakes have no eyelids their eyes being protected instead by a single transparent scale which you can see very clearly in a shed skin This inability to shut their eyes is one of the reasons why providing them hiding places and having separate heating and lighting systems in your tank is so important Is It True Snakes Smell With Their Tongues Yes it is The forked tongue picks up scent molecules from the air just like a dog does when it sniffs and then transfers them to a special spot inside the roof of its mouth known as the Jacobson s Organ and it smells things there This gives snakes a very good sense of smell allowing them to sniff out water or track prey I d Really Like To Breed Snakes Is It Difficult Captive breeding is definitely something to be encouraged not least because it removes the need for wild caught specimens and helps conserve snake species It s difficult to make too many generalisations about how hard it is to get your own to breed some kinds of snakes such as the King Snakes and their relatives breed well in captivity while others are more difficult If you want to try to breed some youngsters you ll need to do some careful research about the particular snake species to make sure you can provide all the right conditions Many snakes benefit from having the day length and temperature in their tanks adjusted to mimic their natural breeding season If you do get your animals to mate successfully and produce eggs you ll also have to be well informed about incubation needs too and then keep your fingers crossed Do All Snakes Lay Eggs Most do but in some species like our own native Adder Vipera berus the females incubate their young inside their bodies and give birth to live offspring I Bought My First Snake A Few Weeks Ago Now It s Started To Look Really Dull Its Eyes Have Gone All Milky And It s Stopped Eating Is It Sickening For Something It sounds like it s about to shed its skin Make sure it has a bowl of water big enough for it to soak

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  • Swifts and Fence Lizards
    30 x 12 x 16 inches 75x30x40cm will be adequate for a male and two females though a larger tank would be better Sceloporus are territorial animals so it s unwise to house males together A good lid is also essential as these lizards can jump surprisingly well Woodland and grassland species can be kept on a floor of purpose bought bark chippings sterile compost or sphagnum while desert species will require drier sandier conditions The tank should also contain plenty of hiding places cork bark caves along with suitable logs and stones for clambering over and a shallow water bowl The heating requirements vary slightly with the species but as a general rule the daytime temperature should be around 25 30 degrees C 77 86F with a warmer basking area and a night time drop to 16 or 20C 62 68F though tropical or desert dwellers will probably like a little more warmth Most Sceloporus keepers tend to use ceramic heaters or spot lamps to achieve these requirements rather than heat mats or hot rocks largely because these lizards often burrow and digging themselves down onto heaters runs the risk of getting severe burns Your pets will also need exposure to a suitable UVB source for 12 hours a day to stay healthy Food and Feeding These lizards are carnivorous actively hunting their prey which in the wild comprises a wide range of insects and other assorted arthropods In captivity almost any appropriately sized live food will be acceptable from the normal standbys of crickets and mealworms to any wild caught garden insects larvae and earthworms Sceloporus seem to do best if they have a number of different foods in their diet so it s worth trying to replicate something of the variety they would naturally encounter whenever you

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  • Keeping Exotic Pets Outdoors
    Europe or other temperate parts of the world can be kept outdoors in ponds during the summer but these fast moving animals are possibly even better escapologists than their bigger land living relatives so make sure your fences are secure Remember the voracious appetites of these creatures too don t put them in a pond with newts or small fish Lizards Although some kinds of lizards especially the smaller European Lacertids and their kin are able to tolerate the British climate well enough keeping them outdoors is fraught with difficulty but it s not impossible if you are determined The best kind of enclosure will test your brick laying skills however since these fast and active lizards are remarkably good climbers and only well constructed walls with a 12 inch 30cm or more horizontal overhang around the top edge is likely to stop them from making good their escape You ll also have to keep an eye out for local cats who seem to find their scurrying run irresistible usually with disastrous consequences On balance if you want to have outdoor lizards it s probably an awful lot easier to settle for a slow moving chameleon or two in the confines of a secure greenhouse Amphibians Terrestrial amphibians lend themselves to being kept outdoors in a suitably sized cold frame but even they are pretty good at getting out and exploring the rest of the garden if you give them half a chance and they only need a very small hole Site your cold frame in a cool spot shaded from too much direct sun on level ground and make sure there are no gaps underneath the frame or that s likely to be the last you ll see of your salamanders Give them plenty of hiding places a good sized water container and periodically water their home to keep it moist enough for their taste and they should do well Whatever species you decide to keep outdoors never underestimate their ability to get out of their home and disappear seemingly into thin air Allowing non native species into the wild is never something to be encouraged however accidentally it happens and besides half the fun of pet ownership is being able to watch your animals go about their lives Keeping exotic pets outdoors even for the short summer months is no different You might also like Understanding Venom Safety Issues with Exotic Pets Where to Get An Exotic Pet Picking the Right Exotic Pet for You Health Care for Reptiles Amphibians Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice I have had an outdoor aquarium for many years It never freezes over and probably even when the outside temperature drops below zero it doesn t reach zero and so as I have space above the water surface at the back I am going to build an enclosed space for terrapins This space will have a floor area of around three and a half square feet The terrapins will

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  • Ask Our Experts by Keeping Exotic Pets (UK)
    do affect them from time to time with few kinds of commercial treatments available owner vigilance and What Species are my Millipedes With 10 000 species of millipede on earth it s not always easy to know what you ve got for those which are reluctant breeders there are a few tricks which can help Topics Questionnaires Need to Know Faqs Ask Our Experts Care Guides Costs Regulation Health Safety

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