Health

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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...

MBD – Metabolic Bone Disease

You’ve heard about MBD. It’s bad. But what does it actually do to a reptile’s body, and how can you ensure you will never have to deal with it?MBD, Metabolic Bone Disease, is a disorder caused by the abnormalities of minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and Vitamin D, which causes the bone structure to weaken as the calcium is released back into the bloodstream, to preven...

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 The hobby is starting to realise that our outdated views of UV lighting, especially for nocturnal species and snakes, is incorrect.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

Saving your snake from a Respiratory Tract Infection

Often simply called an RTI, snakes, in particular, are prone to problems called Respiratory Tract Infections, where they are unable to breathe properly due to a bacterial or fungal infection in their lung or lungs. Of course, this can be painful for your snake, and for obvious reasons, fatal if left unchecked for long enough.But don't worry, by reading this simple blog, you could be saving yo...

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...

Helping your Reptiles with their Shed

helping reptiles with their shed

Different reptiles have different habits when it comes to shedding, but it will be at least once a year and is a very important step for your pet's health. As they shed all of their skin at one time, it can be itchy and very irritating so it is important to check they are not having difficulty. If they are, there are a few ways you can help them out to make it an easier process for them!Sheds...

Reptile health problems: what is Inclusion Body Disease?

We know you love your snakes, and we sure do too, and great snake care is therefore in all our best interests. But sadly, they are as prone to disease and illness as us humans are, and when it comes to Inclusion Body Disease, or IBD as it is often called, there is no known treatment meaning a diagnosis doesn't come with a good prognosis.But as with everything in the reptile keeping world, kno...

What is MBD and how can I keep my reptile safe from it?

Metabolic bone disease in reptiles (often simply called MBD) can be awful for your pet and make life very difficult for you too. Reptiles who suffer from serious cases can experience a lot of pain, a loss of mobility and may even need to be put down. This is not what true reptile keeping is about, where the health and happiness of your reptile must ALWAYS come first.MBD itself is not actually...

Bearded dragon brumation explained

basking bearded dragon

What is brumation?Brumation is a term used for the hibernation-like state that cold-blooded animals such as bearded dragons adapt during winter.When a beardie brumates it slows down and movement is limited during cold weather. They may also become sluggish and will be less interested in eating. The reptile will seek an insulated spot to rest for long periods of time. Burrows, planter...

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