Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec

Echinops telfairi Order: Afrosoricida Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species can be housed in larger aquarium style tanks or wire style enclosures as long as the wire enclosure can be kept sufficiently warm to prevent torpor. You must provide a heat pad for tenrecs year round otherwise they can go into torpor during cooler times of…

Greater Hedgehog Tenrec

Setifer setosus Order: Afrosoricida Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management Notes species is housed or managed socially or for breeding purposes. Individual Identification Dimorphism or practiced ways to individually mark species (such as those in colonies, like giant millipedes). Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines…

Kenyan Sand Boa

Eryx colubrinus Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Small tank/enclosure that is filled with at least 1.5 inches of sand Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements In both the wild and captivity, Kenyan sand boas eat rodents. Juvenile boas feed on nestling rodents and lizards. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training…

Madagascar Tree Boa

Sanzinia madagascarensis Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements In the wild, these snakes prey on small mammals. In captivity, they are fed mice. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Check out the Reptelligence Facebook page and Reptelligence website for enrichment and training inspiration. Advancing Herpetological Husbandry July 2018 Quarterly…

Ball Python

Python regius Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements While ball pythons can be kept in relatively small enclosures (3″l X 2″w X 2″h is sufficient for most) they need to be provided a temperature gradient and sufficient humidity to assist with shedding. They also need a water bowl large enough to submerge in but shallow enough…

African Pancake Tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri Order: Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Pancake tortoises can be housed indoors or outdoors. An indoor enclosure can be a 40-gallon terrarium or larger. Enclosure size needs to be at least 4 square feet for up to two tortoises. Add 2 square feet for every additional tortoise. Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Basking 100 F; cooler…

Leopard Tortoise

Geochelone pardalis Order: Testudines Husbandry Information Housing Requirements A pair of leopard tortoises can be kept in a 10 foot by 10 foot pen. The walls should be at least 18 inches high and may be made of wood, block or other material that prevents the tortoise from seeing through the wall. Enclosure should have a…

Hingeback Tortoise (Home’s)

Kinixys homeana Order: Testudines Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Enclosure 4 feet long, 2 feet wide and 18 inches tall can house up to three or four adults. Provide ample hides Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: These tortoises are not big fans of intense lighting, so use a ceramic heat emitter to create a basking spot of about…

African Bullfrog

Pyxicephalus adspersus Order: Anura Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements In the wild, African bullfrogs will eat anything that fits into its mouth, including insects, rodents, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. In captivity, they are fed crickets and nightcrawlers. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management Notes species is housed or…

African Pygmy Hedgehog

Erinaceus atelerix albiventris Order: Insectivora Also called white-bellied hedgehog Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species can be housed in larger aquarium style tanks or wire style enclosures as long as the wire does not encourage climbing. You must provide a heat pad for hedgehogs year round otherwise they can go into torpor during cooler times…