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Arcadia EarthPro 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...

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 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 ...

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...

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...

Tokay Gecko habitat and diet

Tokay Gecko

Still an up and coming star in the reptile keeping world, getting your Tokay Gecko habitat and diet just right is incredibly important for the health and well-being of your reptile.Fortunately, both the Tokay gecko habitat and diet are pretty easy to cater for, ensuring that barring any genetic problems or accidents, your gecko should live happily to the full 8-10 years of their lifespan under...

​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...

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