All posts by Fran Marshall

UVB Lighting – What, Why, How? Part 2 – What Bulbs and How to Set Them Up

UVB Lighting Part 2 Sunbeam or Shaded?In our last post, we talked about methods of lighting your reptile enclosure. These came down to two main focuses – the Sunbeam method or Shaded method. It was seen from the work done by Frances Baines and co, in their latest publication on Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, that reptiles can be categorised into Ferguson Zones, as originally laid out ...

UVB Lighting – What, Why, How? Part 1 – Snakes and Nocturnal Species

UVB lighting is something that has advanced more than anyone could have imagined over the last few years. The basic information that reptile keepers had was used well, but it’s now obvious that this is out dated, and though often repeated through to new hobbyists, is more often than not incorrect these days.There are many aspects of lighting that we have learnt more information about, and ca...

Custodians and BioActive – What does it actually mean?

Many care sheets and information pages talk about using custodians to create a nice natural bio-active set up - but what is that, and why should you want to do it? Let’s look into it, and see what all the fuss is about.Custodians are small creatures that live in your reptile enclosure, and basically break down the waste that is produced there. That’s right. They break down and consume all ...

Thermostats… where do you start?

Thermostats are a vital piece of equipment for keeping reptiles – not every species will require one, but most do. They will allow you to control the heat that is created in the environment, which means not only will you be able to set the temperature and know it’s perfect for your pet, but it’s also a safety feature – it can’t over heat and cause and stress to your pet, or do any da...

Stormtrooper – Moving to the Darkside

So, to set the scene for those that missed it. A new trait has been discovered in Ball Python genetics in Iowa, US. A designer Python breeder, JD Constriction.com, hatched out a baby Royal that had something extra to it, something they were yet to identify.They posted a picture of their newest discovery, “The Pastel Axanthic “Thing””, which went viral – how do you think we heard abou...

World Snake Day – Saturday 16th July

That’s right! 16th July is World Snake Day! Why or how we’re not really sure, but we’re going to enjoy it whilst it’s here!So what happens on World Snake Day? As you would expect, there is lots of conservation awareness around on the day, highlighting particular species that really require the hobby’s attention. It’s a great way to really highlight snakes in our world, from enormou...