Egyptian Tortoise

Testudo kleinmanni Order: Testudinae This species is also called Kleinmann’s tortoise. Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Minimum size enclosure 2 feet long, 2 feet wide and 2 feet tall. Furniture: a hide in which individuals can partially burrow into the sandy substrate is recommended. Regardless, a hide or tunnel in which individuals can completely retreat from the heat…

African Spurred Tortoise

Also known as Sulcata Tortoise, African spur thigh, and just spurred tortoises Geochelone sulcata Order: Testudines   Family: Testudinidae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Sulcata tortoises are best kept with access to an outdoor area for most, or all, of the year. Include a few large, flat rocks in an indoor enclosure. They help file down the tortoises’ nails and…

African Grey Parrot

Latin Name Order: Husbandry Information Housing Requirements With psitticines in general, the bigger the cage you can have, the better. These intelligent birds need a highly stimulating environment to live in (but not stressful) so larger cages provide more opportunities for exercise and exploration. Do not use any galvanized metal for cages as this can…

Fennec Fox

Vulpes zerda Order: Carnivora   Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Contact the SSP coordinator, Karen Bauman, St. Louis Zoo (kbauman@stlzoo.org), for information on housing and husbandry information. The SSP is working on developing a husbandry manual but in the interim, contact the SSP coordinator for the most up to date information. This species does NOT need to…

Japanese Quail

  Coturnix coturnix japonica Order: Galliformes   Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements In the summer when insects are more abundant, quail will feed on insects as well as their usual diet of seeds. They have also been known to eat grains and grasses. In captivity, they are fed Harrison fine pellets, mealworms, grit, and lettuce….

African Gold Skink

Eumeces schneideri Order: Squamata   Husbandry Information Housing Requirements 20 gallon aquarium with bedding such as sand, paper bedding, or reptile bark or on newspaper with supplemental hide boxes available. Daylight basking lamp and night lamp if the temperature drops below 72*F Diet Requirements Insects (crickets, mealworms, superworms) or earthworm pieces. Veterinary Concerns If housing…

Henkel’s Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Uroplatus henkeli Order: Squamata Family: Eublepharidae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements While husbandry practices for Uroplatus are similar, caging requirements does differ depending on the species being kept. Uroplatus are largely endemic to the rain forests of eastern Madagascar, and many species can be kept and bred under similar conditions Freshly cut oak and maple tree branches, or…

Fat-tailed Gecko

Hemitheconyx caudicinctus Order: Squamata Family: Eublepharidae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements A 10 gallon aquarium can house a pair of geckos. Multiple female geckos can be housed together or can be housed with a single male.  It is very important to never house two male fat-tailed geckos together as males will defend their territory through aggressive fighting…

White-throated Monitor

Varanus albigularis Order: Squamata   Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements In the wild, white-throated monitors largely eat invertebrates (especially snails, beetles, orthopterans, millipedes, and scorpions). Less frequently, they will eat lizards, snakes (including puff adders and spitting cobras), frogs, toads, tortoises, birds, eggs, mammals (including hedgehogs), and carrion. In captivity, they are fed mice,…

Savannah Monitor

Varanus exanthematicus Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Savannah monitors require a fair bit of space. The enclosure should be at least twice as long as the lizard and at least as wide as it is long. A temperature gradient is ideal. This can be accomplished by providing a heat lamp at one end of…