All posts by Georgina Rayner

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Workman finds snake in attic. Why can’t we all be that lucky?

albino California king snake close up

The unexpected encounter happened whilst workman, Celfyn Chappell was checking over an empty flat in Ebbw Vale.While opening the attic, a three foot snake fell on his head!Mr Chappell recalls his surprise: “It was the last thing I expected to happen. At first I thought it was a toy snake. I realised it was real when it curled up.”The RSPCA were informed and the snake, later identif...

Tokay Gecko habitat and diet

Tokay Gecko

Still an up and coming star in the reptile keeping world, getting your Tokay Gecko habitat and diet just right is incredibly important for the health and well-being of your reptile.Fortunately, both the Tokay gecko habitat and diet are pretty easy to cater for, ensuring that barring any genetic problems or accidents, your gecko should live happily to the full 8-10 years of their lifespan under...

Leopard Gecko heating set-up guide

Leopard Geko

Still one of the most popular reptiles to keep in the UK, and still growing too, at Swell UK we get plenty of calls about what the ideal heating setup for a leopard gecko looks like.Fair enough! It's an important question, so let's run through the basics.Leopard Geckos and heating equipmentLike most reptiles, leopard geckos originate from much warmer climates than can be regularly fo...

​Live plants for terrariums and vivariums: Humidity, health and lighting

green reptile and reptile plants

As the addition of live plants in reptile terrariums and vivariums continues to grow in popularity, we thought it was about time Swell Reptiles took a look at the ways you can keep them and your reptiles healthy with the right humidity and lighting.Choosing your reptile live plantUnless your terrarium is to be set up to exclusively house live plants and nothing else, then the first thing y...

Reticulated Pythons Care Sheet

reticulated python

For anybody with a vague understanding of just what a reticulated python is, should know that undertaking the care of a reticulated python in captivity is no easy task. However, with the right knowledge, equipment and outlook you can make a home for one with you.Reticulated Python biologyOften affectionately called retics by their owners, these large snakes evolved in the jungles and scrub...

January Facebook competition: First place

Chloe Brooker - White Tree Frog

1st Place: £50 credit, the long awaited moment has arrived! We are pleased to announce that first place goes to...Chloe Brooker - White Tree Frog.These incredible creatures are a more unusual pet but with such a winning smile, it's difficult to know why they aren't more popular. Although known as White Tree Frogs, they can actually become a lot darker, looking more brown in colourati...

January Facebook competition: Second place

Jonathan Rothwell - Royal Python

2nd Place Prize: £25 Credit goes to Jonathan Rothwell for his photo of a Royal Python.Royal Pythons, or Ball Pythons are a staple of the Reptile Trade. Available in a variety of colours and patterns, known as morphs, they will be sure to wow even those who would rather avoid snakes!They are a more timid species, getting their name from their tendency to curl up when threatened into a ti...

January Facebook competition: Third place

Michael Orchard Mad Day Gecko

3rd Prize: £10 CreditGoes to Michael Orchard, for his Madagascan Day Gecko.This spectacular species is a firm favourite in the Swell Reptiles Office, with bright defining colours and contrasting patterns. The trade really highlights "high red" species, with stronger and more intense red patterning on their backs. They are a display pet rather than one for handling, due to their delicate s...

Royal Python Care Sheet

royal python

A royal python, or Ball python as our US cousins tend to call them, is a medium sized species of snake that originally evolved in the climates of sub-Saharan Africa. A small snake by python standards, the Royal python is non-venomous and is often called the Ball Python due to it's tendency to wrap itself up into a coil like shape, especially when picked up.Royal pythons smart off small like al...

Care of Green Basilisks

Green Basilisks

Ever growing in popularity on the UK reptile scene, the care of Green Basilisks is becoming a more and more important point, and we thought it was time Swell Reptiles waded in on the subject with some free advice.Also known as Plumed lizards, Green Basilisks herald from Central America, mainly areas such as Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica. As you can imagine, this means they are best kept at ...

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