Miscellaneous

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 The hobby is starting to realise that our outdated views of UV lighting, especially for nocturnal species and snakes, is incorrect.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 by...

UVB Lighting – What, Why, How? Part 1 – Snakes and Nocturnal Species

UVB lighting is something that has advanced more than anyone could have imagined over the last few years. The basic information that reptile keepers had was used well, but it’s now obvious that this is out dated, and though often repeated through to new hobbyists, is more often than not incorrect these days.There are many aspects of lighting that we have learnt more information about, and can ...

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 all th...

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 over heat and cause and stress to your pet, or do any da...

Stormtrooper – Moving to the Darkside

So, to set the scene for those that missed it. A new trait has been discovered in Ball Python genetics in Iowa, US. A designer Python breeder, JD Constriction.com, hatched out a baby Royal that had something extra to it, something they were yet to identify.They posted a picture of their newest discovery, “The Pastel Axanthic “Thing””, which went viral – how do you think we heard abou...

World Snake Day – Saturday 16th July

That’s right! 16th July is World Snake Day! Why or how we’re not really sure, but we’re going to enjoy it whilst it’s here!So what happens on World Snake Day? As you would expect, there is lots of conservation awareness around on the day, highlighting particular species that really require the hobby’s attention. It’s a great way to really highlight snakes in our world, from enormou...

Lizard found on Mars!

Here at Swell we stock reptile supplies for every habitat but we never thought we'd have to make a kit to replicate the Martian landscape! But now one blogger claims to have spotted a reptile on the red planet.The Japanese blogger was studying a Nasa image and spotted what looks very like a bearded dragon on the surface of the planet.Space boffin doctor Hans Schwartz said he doubted the image ...

Like taking candy to a beardie

Lucky Reptile Bearded Dragon Candy

Lucky Reptile Bearded Dragon Candy is the perfect treat for your beloved beardie. It's a tasty treat that's also packed with nutrition.Bearded Dragon Candy can be fed dry or mixed with water which will allow the ingredients to become aromatic and look fresh again.The candy includes a range of tasty and nutritious ingredients including: strawberries, corn, raspberries, red and green peppers...

Good old geckos

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 gecko a...