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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...

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 The basic information that reptile keepers had was used well, but it’s now obvious that this is outdated, and though often repeated through to new hobbyists, is more often than not incorrect these days.There are many aspects of lighting that we have learnt more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 ca...

New Stormtrooper pattern Ball Python created

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 about ...

Workman finds snake in attic. Why can’t we all be that lucky?

albino California king snake close up

The unexpected encounter happened whilst workman, Celfyn Chappell was checking over an empty flat in Ebbw Vale.While opening the attic, a three foot snake fell on his head!Mr Chappell recalls his surprise: “It was the last thing I expected to happen. At first I thought it was a toy snake. I realised it was real when it curled up.”The RSPCA were informed and the snake, later identif...

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...

​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...

January Facebook competition: First place

Chloe Brooker - White Tree Frog

1st Place: £50 credit, the long awaited moment has arrived! We are pleased to announce that first place goes to...Chloe Brooker - White Tree Frog.These incredible creatures are a more unusual pet but with such a winning smile, it's difficult to know why they aren't more popular. Although known as White Tree Frogs, they can actually become a lot darker, looking more brown in colourati...

January Facebook competition: Second place

Jonathan Rothwell - Royal Python

2nd Place Prize: £25 Credit goes to Jonathan Rothwell for his photo of a Royal Python.Royal Pythons, or Ball Pythons are a staple of the Reptile Trade. Available in a variety of colours and patterns, known as morphs, they will be sure to wow even those who would rather avoid snakes!They are a more timid species, getting their name from their tendency to curl up when threatened into a ti...

January Facebook competition: Third place

Michael Orchard Mad Day Gecko

3rd Prize: £10 CreditGoes to Michael Orchard, for his Madagascan Day Gecko.This spectacular species is a firm favourite in the Swell Reptiles Office, with bright defining colours and contrasting patterns. The trade really highlights "high red" species, with stronger and more intense red patterning on their backs. They are a display pet rather than one for handling, due to their delicate s...

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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