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10 Cool Products

exo terra fogger box

Exo Terra Flexarium A really cool alternative to the traditional viv. Ideal for chameleons and provides plenty of space but is light as a feather for transporting. Experts favour this when out in the field. Exo Terra Fogger Creates real clouds and mists within your terrarium. Perfect for a rain forest set-up. Zoo Med Misty Mountain Vivarium It's a real volcano for heaven's sake! Well, OK...

Book Review: Pet Expert Bearded Dragons

pet expert bearded dragons

Some books are just a joy to read and own. It can be difficult to say why, sometimes they are written beautifully, sometimes they are nicely illustrated, other times there is just a way they are published that makes them pleasant to read. This book is all of the above and more.Bearded Dragons: Understanding and Caring for your pet is part of the new Pet Expert range of guidebooks aimed at rept...

A boa bigger than a bus

Boa Constrictor

What size vivarium would you need for this boa? The aptly named Titanoboa is 48 foot long, weighs the same as a car and is a yard wide - and it has invaded Washington, DC!Fortunately the giant boa, which dwarfs the massive anaconda in the movie of the same name, lived 60million years ago.The Smithsonian Institution in Washington have recreated the creature in all its glory.The Smithson...

Bearded dragon’s chemo comes first

A bride to be postponed her wedding to pay for chemotherapy... for her bearded dragon.Lizzie Griffiths from Purley, London, founded her beardie had a form of head cancer.Refusing to have George put down, instead she put her wedding to Chris Fisher on hold.She said: "Chris knows George will always come first."I fell in love with George the minute I saw him and knew I'd do anything to look a...

Habits and habitats: First steps in reptile decor

green reptile and reptile plants

When you buy your first reptile vivarium the sheer amount of décor choice on offer can be overwhelming. So how do you know what to buy first?The most important things to bear in mind are the habits of your pet and the habitat of your pet.Generally reptiles are found in warm countries and broadly speaking these are either rainforests, deserts or woodland and so depending on your reptile th...

New gecko discovery

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Another new gecko has been discovered, this time in Iran near the Persian Gulf.The tiny nocturnal Cyrtopodion kiabii were discovered in abandoned buildings.It has puzzled some attempts to classify geckos because although belonging to the genus Cyrtopodion it appears to not share a common ancestral species.This brings the number of species in the Cyrtopodion genus to 37. Another example...

Frogs get a new lease of life in Cheshire

frog in pond with daisys

Endangered frogs have been given a new home and chance to repopulate their species in Cheshire.The Costa Rican green-eyed frogs (Lithobates vibicarius) have been given a new lease of life by experts at Manchester University and Chester Zoo.The conservationists have converted shipping containers as a makeshift habitat for the frogs that they call an "amphibian pod".The frogs were believ...

Mythbusters

Swell investigates some of the myths about reptiles.Tale of the tail: Chameleons change colour to match their environmentHit or myth? Myth. Chameleons are already the colour of their natural environment. They are naturally well camoflaged to match the greens and yellows of their habitat.They do however change colour – but it isn't to hide.Chameleons change colour depending on their mood...

How skinks battled cane toads

Cane toads invading Australia meant trouble for many species, but blue tongued skinks already had their defences up.Coincidently, before the toads arrived, so did a plant that had the same toxins, so the skinks were able to build up their defences against the poison.The Madagascan plant "mother of millions" (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) just so happens to contain the same toxin as the cane toad (...

New lizard found in Peru

Another new species of lizard has been discovered  - this time in the Andean mountains of Peru - and it's very unusual because it thrives in cold temperatures.The 'Mountain dweller' Potamites montanicola is the highest altitude member of the Potamites genus.They are part of the Gymnophthalmidae family, sometimes known as spectacled lizards or microteiids which have transparent lower eyeli...

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