Glass Lizard (aka Scheltopusik)

The scheltopusik is often overlooked as a snake, but is a great transition species for people afraid of snakes. Their sandy brown coloration and diamond shaped scales are excellent camouflage. They can be hissy and roll in hand, but can also mellow out and relax in hand. Like other reptiles, it needs a specific heat gradient and UVB.

Eurasian Collared Dove

Common Name: Eurasian Collared Dove Latin Name: Streptopelia decaocto Order: Columbiformes Family:Columbidae Overview Originally a wild species found across northern Asia and Europe, the Eurasian collared dove is now kept as a pet in many other parts of the world. It’s call is very similar to the North American mourning dove. The body is of…

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl Bubo bubo Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae (typical owls) This species is the largest of the Eagle Owls, and largest owl in the world.  Overview This impressive bird is the largest species of owl in the world. Many facilities present this animal both on the glove or in free-flight shows, and it is…

Ring-necked Pheasant

With plenty of topics to address during programs and a flashy appearance, the Ring-necked Pheasant can be a good addition to an education team. Staff does need to consider lack of motivation during breeding season when planning out program needs.

Barn Owl

Barn Owl Tyto Alba Order: Strigiformes Family: Tytonidae Overview Although often readily available through wildlife rehabilitation sources, barn owls are not a beginner owl, and acquisition of one should only be considered if facility has experienced handlers. Many facilities have noted they are more challenging than other owl species due to their naturally secretive nature….

Mossy Frog

Theloderma corticale Order: Anura Family: Rhacophoridae Natural History Information Range and Habitat Longevity Ecosystem Role Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Life Cycle Natural History Relevant Information Temperature, Humidity, Light Cycles Substrate: Social Housing/Colony Management Other General Housing Requirements or Management information Diet Requirements Life Cycle Relevant Information Diet under human care Veterinary Concerns Enrichment Behavioral Relevant…

Indian Walking Stick

Carausius morosus Order: Phasmatodea Husbandry Information Housing Requirements A double tank system is better as they are excellent climbers. Screening should be fine mesh. Taller tanks are preferred to provide adequate climbing space. Coconut bedding or Soil can be used for substrate if you prefer, however, after any substrate changes, old soil should be frozen at…

Spotted Turtle

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Ground cuscus

Phalanger gymnotis Order: Diprodontia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species is arboreal and needs a lot of perching, but prefers to sleep in an enclosed space down low. A heated nestbox on or near the ground with bedding such as hay or blankets is appropriate. Perching must be cleaned of cuscus grease often so that feet…

Dwarf Reticulated Python

Broghammerus reticulatus Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements Carnivorous – feeds primarily on mammals, but will also eat birds and reptiles 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 Newsletter- Article Environmental…