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How to keep a Forest Scorpion

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The Forest Scorpion is distributed across Southeastern Asia, including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and China. It resides amongst the debris of the forest floor, hidden amongst leaf litter, moss and wood or burrowing down into the soil awaiting prey. Generally, it is not recommended to handle scorpions as they will often not tame and handling can pose a risk of bein...

Mandarin rat snake care guide

Mandarin Rat Snakes are beautifully marked with striking colours, they can be a little skittish but generally have a fantastic temperament and are easily handled. They come from rocky forests and farmlands across Asia, mainly China, Taiwan, Burma, and Vietnam.Mandarins are a species of Rat Snake from the Colubridae family, originating from North America. They can grow to around 4 - 5ft and te...

Amazon Tree Boa Care Guide

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boas are found in rainforests throughout tropical South America. As with other snakes in the pet trade, there are differing morphs of this species, with ours being a Halloween. They are a slender snake with vivid markings, grey and black colouration and red patterns running the full length of the body.Amazon Tree Boas can be quite snappy, especially when young and can be unpredic...

Mississippi Map Turtle Care Guide

Mississippi Map Turtle

The Mississippi Map Turtle can be found along the length of the Mississippi River as well as other streams and lakes of North America. They are both aquatic and terrestrial in their habits, are strong swimmers but also venture to the surface for basking opportunity.They have a green-brown shell colour with dark skin that is lined with yellow markings. Turtles aren’t the best pets for handl...

Pink-tongued Skink care guide

Pink-tongued skink

The Pink-tongued Skink is endemic to Australia where although they inhabit dry, arid grasslands, they spend most of their time in humid burrows.The species gets its name from their pink tongue, similar to their cousins the Blue-tongued skinks. They are grey to brown in colour with dark grey or black crossbands. These bands are more pronounced in males and less so in females. Although they ca...

Chinese Water Dragon care guide

Chinese Water Dragons originate from Thailand, southern China, and the surrounding area. They can be handled, though tend to be skittish and will need taming, and feed on both vegetation and live insects. Although they are moderate in body size their tail adds a lot of length and they are very active, so require a large, arboreal enclosure that they can run around and actively climb in.Housin...

Hainan Cave Gecko Care Guide

The Hainan Cave Gecko is a terrestrial species of gecko that is endemic to China and more specifically the islands of Hainan and Cat Ba. They are similar in shape to a Leopard Gecko but are black in colour with yellow banding, darker spots and red eyes. They would naturally inhabit rock crevices which is where they receive their name and are nocturnally active. Although they can be flighty when y...

Wonder Gecko care guide

The Wonder Gecko originates from Southern Asia to Western China and inhabits dry, arid desert environments. Living terrestrially, this gecko is excellent at digging and burrowing and will spend much of its day hidden under the surface. They are an attractive looking gecko, with larger scales down their backs and marbled colouration of shades of brown and yellow. They are also commonly re...

Rankins Dragon care guide

Rankins Dragons are often overlooked in favour of their Bearded Dragon relatives which are more common and well known. In nature, they inhabit the arid, rocky regions of Australia. They are very similar to Bearded Dragons but are a dwarf species, fully grown at 10-12", and have slightly different colouration and a more rounded head shape. They are still a very docile species that are active durin...

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...

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