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Reticulated Pythons Care Sheet

reticulated python

For anybody with a vague understanding of just what a reticulated python is, should know that undertaking the care of a reticulated python in captivity is no easy task. However, with the right knowledge, equipment and outlook you can make a home for one with you.Reticulated Python biologyOften affectionately called retics by their owners, these large snakes evolved in the jungles and scrub...

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...

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 al...

Care of Green Basilisks

Green Basilisks

Ever growing in popularity on the UK reptile scene, the care of Green Basilisks is becoming a more and more important point, and we thought it was time Swell Reptiles waded in on the subject with some free advice.Also known as Plumed lizards, Green Basilisks herald from Central America, mainly areas such as Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica. As you can imagine, this means they are best kept at ...

Introduction to tortoise breeds

tortoise in grass

To the untrained eye, many tortoise breeds will look pretty similar, but actually they are some of the most diverse animals on the planet, with each species having a different set of requirements for health and happiness.Swell Reptiles have dealt with most tortoise breeds along the way, and have developed quite a knowledge base – here's some of the basics!European Tortoises Species ...

Setting up a frog terrarium at home

blue frog

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, however 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 ...

Tips when receiving live reptile food during cold weather

cricket

It's fair to say that the majority of us have experienced the first real cold snap of the year over recent weeks.Unsurprisingly the cold weather can also impact your reptile's livefood particularly during the period of time that it is being delivered to you.Here at Swell Reptiles, we try our very best to ensure that our livefood arrives to you as warm as possible.To start, we use diffe...

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 need...

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