Cave Rat Snake

Elaphe taeniurus ridleyi Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements The cave rat snake feeds almost exclusively on bats, but will occasionally eat rodents, birds, and bird eggs. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Check out the Reptelligence Facebook page and Reptelligence website for enrichment and training inspiration. Advancing Herpetological…

Mandarin Rat Snake

Elaphe mandarina Order: Sauria — Family Colubridae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Mandarin rat snakes can be kept in the same kind of enclosure that we would keep a Milk Snake, Kingsnake or Corn Snake. The Brandywine Zoo houses theirs in a Vision Cage. This species is fossorial and montane, therefore providing opportunities for burrowing in hides…

Indian Star Tortoise

Geochelone elegans Order: Testudines In the United States herpkeepers typically identify Indian and Sri Lankan star tortoises, but both are classified as Geochelone elegans. Husbandry Information Housing Requirements An exhibit 6 feet long by 6 feet wide is sufficient for one to four tortoises with one-foot walls. Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: optimal temperature is between 75 and…

Sunbeam Snake

Xenopeltis unicolor Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements In the wild, sunbeam snakes eat frogs, other snakes, skinks, lizards, and small mammals. In captivity, they are fed rodents. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Check out the Reptelligence Facebook page and Reptelligence website for enrichment and training inspiration. Advancing…

Veiled Chameleon

Chamaeleo calyptratus Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements It is best to keep veiled chameleons individually in their own enclosures after they reach sexual maturity at around 8 to 10 months of age, to avoid potential stress and fighting. Veiled chameleons do best in screen-sided enclosures because of the increased airflow. Ideal size is 2 feet wide…

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….

Leopard Gecko

Eublepharis macularius Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements 10- to 20-gallon size habitat can house one or two leopard geckos from hatchling to adult size. Leopard geckos actually have a “bathroom” in one corner of their cages, and that area can be spot-cleaned without disrupting the entire system. Substrate Newspaper, pea gravel, artificial turf, flat stones…

Chinese Alligator

Alligator sinesis Order: Crocodilia 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…

Clouded Leopard

Neofelis nebulosa A new species, Neofelis diardi (Sunda or Sundaland clouded leopard), has recently been established. Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements These cats are very arboreal and require a lot of places to climb and hide up high. Studies have shown that vertical space of over ten feet reduces cortisol levels. Shelves and nestboxes should be…