All posts by Georgina Rayner

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Introduction to tortoise breeds

tortoise in grass

To the untrained eye, many tortoise breeds will look pretty similar, but actually they are some of the most diverse animals on the planet, with each species having a different set of requirements for health and happiness.Swell Reptiles have dealt with most tortoise breeds along the way, and have developed quite a knowledge base – here's some of the basics!European Tortoises Species ...

Setting up a frog terrarium at home

Frogs are some of the most diverse animals on the planet, making the finer points of setting up a frog terrarium at home a little difficult once you get into the specifics of each species' environmental requirements, however there are a few things to get you started if you are thinking of taking on one of Britain's fastest growing pets:Glass terrariums for frogsIt will come as no surprise that...

Tips when receiving live reptile food during cold weather

cricket

It's fair to say that the majority of us have experienced the first real cold snap of the year over recent weeks.Unsurprisingly the cold weather can also impact your reptile's livefood particularly during the period of time that it is being delivered to you.Here at Swell Reptiles, we try our very best to ensure that our livefood arrives to you as warm as possible.To start, we use diffe...

Tortoise Lighting: What you need and how to set it up

tortoise in grass

There's plenty of confusion about tortoise lighting, as information regarding it if often too generalised for anybody to work out what's best for their tortoise pet.At Swell Reptiles, this generates many confused calls for us, and we thought it was about time we laid down our feelings on the matter.Light, Heat and UVBAs is the case with any non-nocturnal reptile, tortoise lighting need...

Are reptiles better together?

two chameleons together

Being the predominantly social creatures that we humans are, when taking care of our pets we sometimes assume that they want some company, usually in the form of a member of the same species.This seems only natural to us, but depending on the species of reptile you are keeping, it could be incredibly unnatural for your herp!For this reason, its important to note which reptiles are likely t...

Travelling with reptiles

gecko

Whether it's because you have just bought your reptile, are on the way to sell it, or need to take a trip to the vets, there are certain ways to look after your reptile's health and wellbeing when on the move.Size of reptile and size of moving habitatThis is obviously the first thing to consider. You should always keep a suitably sized travelling vehicle handy, as you never know when an em...

Reptiles shows: Tips of the trade

Lizard

With Swell Reptiles once again making a major featured appearance at the most recent Doncaster Reptile show, we thought it was about time to share a few tips about how best to take advantage of these huge herpetology events, while keeping the welfare of your reptiles at the core of your activities.What to bring to a reptile showMoney:First things first – plenty of cash! Any rept...

How much UV lighting do reptiles need?

Reptile Lighting

The UV lighting question is something we get asked here at Swell Reptiles everyday as more and more people join the hobby, but the trick to answering the question of how much UV lighting do reptiles need, is found by understanding the different kinds of UV light, and the particular species of reptile you are keeping.UVA & UVB lightUVA light is made up of longwave ultraviolet radiation...

European Tortoise set ups – What equipment do I need and what goes where?

If you are thinking about getting a European breed of tortoise then we have good news! These hard shelled little friends are some of the easiest reptile pets to look after, and their setup is pretty simple too. Here's how you do it! Housing a tortoise for health and happiness The first decision you need to make is to either opt for a vivarium or a tortoise table.Opinion is often divided about wh...

What is reptile Brumation and how can I prepare for it?

Reptile Brumation presents itself slightly differently between each individual reptile, with factors like environment and natural instinct playing a large part, but essentially it is a period of hibernation or low activity, usually during the winter months.In the wild, temperatures fluctuate hugely as the reptile's habitat goes through a yearly seasonal cycle just like the rest of us. Because re...

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