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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...

How to keep an axolotl

Axolotls are popular aquatic pets, famed for their ability to regenerate lost limbs and breed while still in juvenile form. Probably the inspiration for How to Train Your Dragon’s Toothless, Axolotls are actually Salamanders, Ambystoma mexicanum, but instead of metamorphosing into land-dwelling, lizard-like Salamanders, they stay in the aquatic, newt-like larval stage their entire lives, grow l...

How to keep Fire-bellied toads

Oriental fire-bellied toads are a social species of semi-aquatic amphibian found in Northern and Central Asia. Their habitats consist of forest, woodland, temperate rain forest, marshland swaps and even farmland where they can be found displaying in aquatic and terrestrial terrain. These toads are green or brown on the top of their bodies and bright orange or red underneath, which is where they g...

How to keep a Mata Mata turtle

The Mata Mata turtle originates from Northern South America, throughout the Amazon including Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. They are an aquatic species favouring slower moving water sources such as streams, swamps or marshes. They are a fascinating species with a characterful look. Their most prominent features being the triangular head shape, 'snorkel' nose extension and...

Beautiful Bumblebees!

The Bumblebee dart frog is a species of frog which originates from South America and is so-called for its bright yellow and black skin. Like all dart frogs, they are able to secrete a toxin through their porous skin, though this is produced with the ingestion of wild insects such as ants, so isn't a worry in captivity with their fly and cricket diet.These frogs can often be found close to str...

On a Budgett

The Budgett’s frog can endear, scare, horrify and intrigue at the same time. Here’s how to keep one.Budgett’s frogs are more aquatic versions of their cousins the horned frogs and come from the Gran Chaco region of South America, a semi-arid region spanning the borders of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. In the wet season, they inhabit shallow pools where they predate other frog species...

How to look after a Yemen chameleon

Yemen chameleons, also known as Veiled chameleons are so-called for the prominent crests on top of their heads. They are found in Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia and live an arboreal lifestyle. Trees, shrubs and other vegetation is where this species call home, venturing to the forest floor only for egg-laying.They are an omnivorous species, feeding mainly on live insects but occasionally on...

How to look after a Mediterranean tortoise

Mediterranean tortoise species include Hermann’s (Testudo hermanni), Spur-thighed  (Testudo graeca), and Marginated (Testudo marginata). It’s always recommended that your specific species be researched for a more individual overview, however, all three of these species require a similar environment, being from similar areas. HabitatMediterranean species inhabit rocky, arid regions, ...

How to care for a Royal python

Royal Pythons are native to sub-Saharan Africa and are widely distributed across the continent. Their preferred habitat includes savannah, grasslands and forested areas.They can often be found invading mammal burrows, termite mounds or logs, and as a nocturnal species, this is where they will spend the majority of their day. They are also commonly known as ball pythons, from the ball posture...

How to look after a Panther Chameleon

Panther Chameleons are found in the tropical rainforests of Madagascar. They are an arboreal species inhabiting foliage, trees and shrubs, venturing to the forest floor only for egg-laying. They are found in lower level foliage than many other chameleon species.They live solitary lives and come across each other only for breeding and competition for food. Females are smaller than males and re...

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