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How to care for a Jackson’s chameleon

The Jackson's Chameleon is an arboreal reptile originating from East Africa, where it inhabits rain forest and mountainous regions. It is usually identifiable by the horns on the nose, though these are only seen in the males and depend on the subspecies. They are typically shades of green with yellow around the face and often have mottled darker patterns on the body. Though they can be timid, thi...

How to care for an African Fat-Tailed Gecko

The African Fat-Tailed Gecko comes from West Africa where although they inhabit dry, arid grasslands, they spend most of their time in humid burrows. The species get their name from their large, fat tails which store excess fats - an adaptation also seen in the more common leopard gecko and a great design for environments that can be scarce on food. They are black in colour with banding ...

How to care for a Fire Skink

Fire skinks are so-called for their vivid red and orange colouration on their bodies, black patterns on the sides and legs and blue towards the tip of the tail. They are found in Western Africa where they inhabit woodland, grassland and forest habitats and are active during the day, so are an impressive and entertaining addition to a reptile collection. Though taming them down is possible in some...

How to keep an Ackie monitor lizard

Ackie Monitors, also known as Spiny-tailed Monitors, originate from the arid, woodland and scrub habitats of Australia. They are a relatively large lizard and highly intelligent so can take a lot to keep in terms of space and enrichment, but do make a great pet for someone who has the time to spend and facilities to house. Being diurnal, and very inquisitive, you are likely to see them out and ab...

How to care for a Caramel Carpet Python

The Carpet Python is found in Australia, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, and the North Solomon Islands. There are differing localities of this species, with Swell Superstore’s being a coastal example, which can be found naturally in arid coastal regions. Coastal's are one of the larger localities, reaching around 8 - 9ft.The Swell coastal is also a caramel morph which means the natural g...

How to keep a Red Knee Tarantula

The Mexican Red Knee Tarantula originates from the scrubland, deserts and forests of Mexico. They are terrestrial by nature, residing in burrows in the ground and as a result, aren't particularly impressive webbers. As an adult they are black in colour with red-orange stripes on their legs, a nice contrast, making them one of the more attractive and well-known tarantulas.Although they’re d...

How to care for a Western hognose snake

The Western Hognose is a small species of snake found in North America, inhabiting grasslands, prairies and rocky, arid terrain. They are usually a very light brown-tan colour with dark brown spots down the body, with some larger dark brown markings around the head.The Swell Superstore Hognose is 'het snow' which means it physically looks like a wild type but carries genes for a 'snow' Hogno...

How to keep a Red eye crocodile skink

The Red eye crocodile skink is a small species of skink originating from South East Asia, inhabiting leaf-littered forest floors and mossy tree crevices. They are most active during dawn and dusk when they would be feeding on a variety of insects. The name refers to their spiny appearance, much like a miniature crocodile! Our Red eye skinks also have an orange-red ring around their eyes. These sk...

How to keep a Peacock day gecko

The Peacock day gecko is a small species of gecko originating from Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion Island, in the South-West Indian Ocean. Day Geckos are known for their vibrant colours, and the Peacock can be defined by a bright green and yellow body, with dark spots on their sides, outlined with a light blue and are sought after because of their amazing colouration.Sadly these geckos are...

How to keep a Common Boa

Boa Constrictor

The Common Boa is a large species of snake originating from Central and South America. They inhabit forest habitats and take on a semi-arboreal lifestyle - more so when they are young and diminishing with age and size. They can often be found amongst trees and vegetation as well as taking refuge in tree hollows or abandoned mammal burrows.Though normally nocturnal/crepuscular, they can addit...

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