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S.Iberia trip report on the way

Great week in Portugal and S-W Spain, amphibians were out in numbers and we even found 13 species of reptile as well! Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra crespoi) close to the border with Spain which to us looked different from the typical crespoi subspecies. (C) Matt Wilson The team: Gertjan Verspui , Carl Corbidge, Me and [...]

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An anticipated return to Portugal

Next week I am going back to one of my favourite places to see amphibians, the southern coast of Portugal or the Algarve as it is better known. I’m pleased to say that Liam Russell will also be joining Carl, Gertjan and myself, taking a break from his PhD work on Sand lizards. A month [...]

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We understand that sometimes the cost of reptile keeping can be high, especially around Christmas time. With this in mind, we’ve been looking at ways to make these costs more affordable for everybody. We’ve partnered with Pay4Later to be able to offer finance packages to our customers in the Northampton Reptile Centre store, and on [...]

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Amazing Algarve amphibians

Not being a fan of the build up to the Christmas holidays I have decided to make a return trip to the Algarve in Southern Portugal between 8th-14th December together with Carl Corbidge (UK) and Gertjan Verspui (NL). In many ways this will be a repeat of my last visit to the area in February [...]

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The new Vivexotic Viva Vivarium range is available now to buy online. They’ve discontinued the entire previous collection and started again, virtually from scratch. The new vivariums are very smart looking, but what are the new features and benefits? New Front Ventilation Rails All VIVA vivariums now include an innovative ventilation system incorporated into the [...]

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“That’s one big pile of…”

On Saturday I went over to South Yorkshire to visit Carl and do what will mostly likely be my last local herping of 2012. The aim of the day was to find Grass snakes (Natrix natrix) and at the first site on an industrial estate Carl flipped a sub adult under a piece of tin [...]

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Komodo Product Recall

We have received important information from Komodo regarding a potential quality issue with some of their products which we have recently distributed. The following products are affected, and may need to have their convertor plugs replaced: Komodo Heat Mats (5w, 7w, 14w, 20w, 35w) Komodo Ceramic ES Lamp fixture Komodo Reflector Dome clamp lamp (14cm [...]

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Late summer adders

Today for the first time in a while I ventured out onto the moors looking for Adders (Vipera berus). Since not all females reproduce every year, only a few individuals have been seen so far this summer, some of them different females to those found at the same exact spots in summer 2011. In cloudy [...]

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Volcanic colonisers

Thira, the main town on Volcanic Santorini (C) Matt Wilson A few weeks ago I went on holiday to the Greek island of Santorini (Thira), only the second time I have visited the Cyclades islands after my field trip to Milos and Kimolos last year. Santorini is a small island although was once much larger [...]

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I thought you guys might like to take a look at our new geckos. These are Standing’s Day Geckos (phelsuma standingi), originally from Madagascar these guys were bred locally to our shop. So naturally we wanted them here! Like all day geckos they are extremely fast and will vanish in the blink of an eye. You [...]

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