Care sheets

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How to set up for a Mississippi Map Turtle

The Mississippi Map Turtle can be found along the length of the Mississippi River as well as streams and lakes in North America. They are both aquatic and terrestrial in their habits being strong swimmers but venturing to the surface for basking opportunity. They have a green-brown shell colour with dark skin that is lined with yellow markings. They are a relatively small species although there i...

What do I need for a Desert Collared Lizard?

The Desert Collared Lizard is a ground-dwelling lizard found in arid, rocky grassland and desert habitats across North America. They are distinguished by the two black collars around their neck and have bright orange patches as well as tan, brown and yellow colours along the body and tail. Although extremely active and a joy to watch, they are somewhat skittish and difficult to handle.Housing...

What do I need for a Casque Head Iguana?

The Casque Head Iguana, also known as the Cone Headed Iguana or Basilisk, is a species found in tropical rain forests in Central America. As the name suggests, they have a crown on the top of the head and are usually bright green in colour, with brown stripes running the length of the body into the tail. They have a very long thin tail that can stretch to almost three times the length of the body...

How to care for a Leachianus Gecko

The Leachianus gecko is an arboreal gecko endemic to New Caledonia, where they inhabit forest habitats. These arboreal geckos are in fact the largest species of gecko in the world. They tend to be a mix of greens, browns and grey in colour. This heavy-bodied gecko has loose, delicate skin so handling although possible should be kept to a minimum to avoid unnecessary stress and skin damage.Hou...

How to keep an Emerald grass skink

The Emerald Grass Skink, also known as the long-tailed skink, is a species originating from Japan. They are commonly found amongst trees, shrubs and other vegetation, and live an arboreal lifestyle. Emerald grass skinks are usually bright green in colour, with limited patterns. They have a very long thin tail that can stretch to more than twice the length of the body. This tail is used for balanc...

Milii Gecko care guide

The Milii Gecko is a ground-dwelling gecko found in arid, rocky grassland and desert habitats in Australia. They are often referred to as Australian Barking geckos due to their vocal habits, especially when disturbed. The underside of the body is white with dark maroon through reddish-brown to tan and even orange colours across the top of the body and head. This species can be aggressive, but has...

Tomato Frog care Guide – Swell Reptiles

The Tomato Frog, aptly named for their round, vibrant orange/red bodies, are endemic to Madagascar, where they live amongst forest floors and swamps. They aren't the most active of creatures spending most of their time buried in the earth waiting for prey to crawl by, which they catch with their large mouths and sticky tongues. They are nocturnal in nature and pretty inactive then too. But they d...

How to care for a Gopher snake

Gopher Snakes are a diverse species which include many recognised subspecies. They inhabit a variety of habitats throughout North America including deserts, prairies, woodlands, brushlands and forests. Most Gophers are expected to reach a length of between 5 - 6ft but some subspecies can reach 9ft!They would usually display pale brown and tans with dark brown-black patterns down the body, tho...

How to keep a Giant White Knee tarantula

The Giant White Knee Tarantula is a species that originates from Brazilian rain forests where they take refuge in burrows and foliage. They are a larger species and get their name from the white stripes on the legs which are visible against a dark brown body, which usually has a pink tinge to the hairs.This species tends to be fairly docile, however, it is never recommended to handle them be...

Giant African Millipede – Swell Reptile species profile

The Giant African Millipede is one of the largest species of millipede and originates from Western Africa. Here it inhabits rain forests and subtropical environments, where it burrows away and resides amongst its favourite meals of rotting wood and forest floor decay.They are dark brown-black in colour with visible lighter shades around segment edges as well as their legs and antenna. They a...

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