Reptiles Terrariums

terrarium-tortoise-evnviroment Creating a Healthy and Inviting Environment for Turtles and Tortoises

Congratulations on your decision to keep a turtle or tortoise as a pet.  You are in for years of fascinating fun.  In fact, when properly cared for, turtles and tortoises can live up to three decades or more! This handy guide from Smart Pet Guide will help you give your pet outstanding care and a homey habitat! Tank Size.  Make [...]

terrarium-plant What Kinds of Plants Can I Plant in a Terrarium with Reptiles or Amphibians?

Choosing live plants for your reptile or amphibian enclosure is not as simple as it might seem. You must choose plants that will survive in the environmental conditions that the reptile or amphibian requires. You should also recognize that your reptile or amphibian may damage, uproot, eat, or otherwise destroy live plants. And most importantly, if you have a herbivore [...]

terrarium-hygrometer How to Calibrate a Hygrometer

A hygrometer is an instrument used to measure relative humidity. Relative humidity is a measure of how much water the air is holding, relative to the maximum amount of water the air could possibly hold at a given temperature. Because of the delicate design of hygrometers, it is easy for them to become innacurate (e.g. with shipping or just over [...]

Reptiles Foods & Feeding

food-rodents How to Use Rodents as Snake Food

Snakes make great pets, but if you’re thinking of getting one, there are some things you should know first. Snakes are carnivores (well, except for the tentacled snake, which also likes to munch on water plants for a bit of variety). The rest, to be more accurate, are [...]

food-crickets How to House and Gut Load Crickets to Feed to Your Pet

If your pets go through a lot of crickets, then ordering in bulk and keeping them for food or even breeding and raising them yourself is a good option. Remember that what goes into the crickets goes into your pets. Therefore, keeping crickets at home for a bit [...]

food-mealworms How To Raise Mealworms

Mealworms are easy to raise and take little care or room. Raising your own for food or treats will save money and trips to the pet store. Difficulty: Easy Time Required: ongoing Here’s How: Get a small plastic tub for a container. Inexpensive clear containers with vented snap [...]

Reptiles Health

health-shedding Normal and Abnormal Shedding in Pet Reptiles

Reptiles don’t have fur to shed but they do routinely shed their skin. Some reptiles don’t have any problems shedding their skin but many others have issues that can be easily prevented. How Often Do [...]

health-ear-infections What Are Those Bumps On My Reptile’s Neck?

When most people think of an ear infection they don’t picture a bulging ear. Anyone who has had an infected ear know they are very painful, but don’t typically end up with an abscessed ear. [...]

health-vitamin Vitamin A Deficiency in Reptiles

Cause: Lack of appropriate levels of Vitamin A in the diet. Why Vitamin A is Important: Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is an essential part of the diet. It is important in [...]

health-bone A Common, Serious, and Preventable Disease in Pet Reptiles

Metabolic bone disease (MBD) is a well recognized and all too common disease of reptiles. Other terms which may be used include fibrous osteodystrophy, osteomalacia, secondary nutritional hyperparathyroidism, osteoporosis, and rickets. There is no single [...]

health-parasites Internal and External Parasites that Affect Reptiles

Reptiles can have normal and abnormal parasites. Internal parasites or “worms” are very common and can be normal and safe in wild and pet reptiles while external parasites, such as mites, are not considered normal. [...]