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Custodians and BioActive – What does it actually mean?

Many care sheets and information pages talk about using custodians to create a nice natural bio-active set-up - but what is that, and why should you want to do it? Let’s look into it, and see what all the fuss is about.Custodians are small creatures that live in your reptile enclosure, and basically, break down the waste that is produced there. That’s right. They break down and consume al...

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...

Tortoise Hibernation Guide

tortoise hibernation guide

Hibernation is a very important stage in a tortoise's year. It is important you know what to do to help them regarding their housing and temperate control so they can remain safe. Hibernation is a natural part of a tortoise's lifecycle and you will need to try to match the conditions in nature as much as possible.What is Hibernation?Tortoises are used to warmer climates and so in the wint...

Bearded Dragon Handling Guide

bearded dragon handling guide

So, you've got your vivarium set up and your bearded dragon has arrived and it's time for handling. If you are new to handling beardies, this can seem like a daunting task when actual fact it can be great fun when it's done right. Here's some Do's and Don't when it comes to handling your new best friend:Say Hello!Beardies respond better to handling when they are expecting it. Announce you...

Gulbari – The rare Australian gecko

Australia has some 140 different species of geckos and one of the most remarkable is the Gulbari Gecko.Australia's geckos fall into three families Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae and Carphodactylidae. If you are not familiar with these families, Diplodactylidae is the family to which crested geckos belong and Gekkonidae is the family to which the likes of day geckos and leopard gec...

Gecko facts

Bearded dragons may be the most popular pet lizard, but geckos are not far behind. By far the most popular is the leopard gecko.Probably the second most popular gecko is the Crested. These were only rediscovered a few years ago, thought to be extinct but they are rapidly growing in popularity.Other species that are popular as pets included Golden Geckos, Tokay, House Geckos, Fat-tailed Ge...

Ball Python Morphs

Morphs are selectively bred snakes with unusual and spectacular colouring. Unusual or garish patterns and colours with names like Pastel Jungle Banana can be created by selective breeding.Many ball pythons such as the royal python are known as polymorphic species which exist in the wild in many naturally occurring colour forms known as morphs.When you breed morphs they may occur depending...

Slow and steady wins the race

tortoise in grass

It's like they know something we don't.Tortoises can outlive three generations of people and they do so with a quiet slow-moving serenity that is almost hypnotic.A creature with almost mystical markings on its armoured shell that outlived the brontosaurus.Their appearance and disposition make them a symbol of wisdom, longevity and stability. The tortoise and the hare is a perfect exam...