Equipment

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Arcadia EarthPro reptile supplement Range

The Arcadia EarthPro Range is a new way of thinking about reptile supplements and offers a vast array of new vitamin and mineral powders that you can utilise. But it can be a little confusing to know what you really need for yours, or which you will need to work together.The EarthPro Range has been designed to offer the actual natural minerals that reptiles require, rather than the man-made a...

Tortoise Table Lighting – What Equipment Do I Need?

Tortoise tables are a bit different to the standard wooden vivarium set ups, and so the equipment required for them will also be different. Tortoise Tables are brilliant for tortoises, and in most cases work out to be much better than vivariums’ for tortoises, mainly due to the larger floor area, as well as the great ventilation that they provide.If you have purchased your tortoise table, t...

UVB Lighting – What, Why, How? Part 3 – Calcium, D3 and UV

UVB lighting is a hugely important aspect of reptile keeping, for almost all species. The hobby is starting to realise that our outdated views of UV lighting, especially for nocturnal species and snakes, is incorrect. The way in which we provide our UV is also changing, with the introduction of products such as the Arcadia ProT5 kits. These come as an all-in-one unit, which is much more preferabl...

UVB Lighting – What, Why, How? Part 2 – What Bulbs and How to Set Them Up

UVB Lighting Part 2 Sunbeam or Shaded?In our last post, we talked about methods of lighting your reptile enclosure. These came down to two main focuses – the Sunbeam method or Shaded method. It was seen from the work done by Frances Baines and co, in their latest publication on Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, that reptiles can be categorised into Ferguson Zones, as originally laid out...

Reptile Thermostats… where do you start?

Thermostats are a vital piece of equipment for keeping reptiles – not every species will require one, but most do. They will allow you to control the heat that is created in the environment, which means not only will you be able to set the temperature and know it’s perfect for your pet, but it’s also a safety feature – it can’t overheat and cause stress to your pet, or do any damage...

​Live plants for terrariums and vivariums: Humidity, health and lighting

green reptile and reptile plants

As the addition of live plants in reptile terrariums and vivariums continues to grow in popularity, we thought it was about time Swell Reptiles took a look at the ways you can keep them and your reptiles healthy with the right humidity and lighting.Choosing your reptile live plantUnless your terrarium is to be set up to exclusively house live plants and nothing else, then the first thing y...

Royal Python Care Sheet

royal python

A royal python, or Ball python as our US cousins tend to call them, is a medium sized species of snake that originally evolved in the climates of sub-Saharan Africa. A small snake by python standards, the Royal python is non-venomous and is often called the Ball Python due to it's tendency to wrap itself up into a coil like shape, especially when picked up.Royal pythons smart off small like a...

How to set up a frog terrarium at home

Frogs are some of the most diverse animals on the planet, making the finer points of setting up a frog terrarium at home a little difficult once you get into the specifics of each species' environmental requirements. But there are a few things to get you started if you are thinking of taking on one of Britain's fastest-growing pets:Glass terrariums for frogsIt will come as no surprise tha...

Tortoise Lighting: What you need and how to set it up

tortoise in grass

There's plenty of confusion about tortoise lighting, as information regarding it if often too generalised for anybody to work out what's best for their tortoise pet.At Swell Reptiles, this generates many confused calls for us, and we thought it was about time we laid down our feelings on the matter.Light, Heat and UVBAs is the case with any non-nocturnal reptile, tortoise lighting nee...

Are reptiles better together?

two chameleons together

Being the predominantly social creatures that we humans are, when taking care of our pets we sometimes assume that they want some company, usually in the form of a member of the same species.This seems only natural to us, but depending on the species of reptile you are keeping, it could be incredibly unnatural for your herp!For this reason, its important to note which reptiles are likely t...

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