Dumeril’s Ground Boa

Acrantophis dumerili Order: Squamata Family: Boidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat Dumeril’s ground boas are found in the dry forests in southwest Madagascar. It has also been found living in very degraded habitats, often close to villages. Longevity Dumeril’s ground boas live approximately 20 to 30 years. Ecosystem Role They are important for population…

Boa Constrictor

Boa constrictor Order: Squamata Family: Boidae Related species: Boa constrictor constrictor (red-tailed boa), Boa imperator (Columbian boa) There is some debate as to whether Boa imperator (the Central American population) is a subspecies of Boa constrictor or it’s own species. See ITIS, CABI, and Wikipedia. Natural History Information Range and Habitat Boa constrictors are found…

Marine (Cane) Toad

Rhinella marina, or Bufo marinus Order: Anura Family: Bufonidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat The native range of the marine toad (also known as the cane toad) is from the Rio Grande valley of Texas south to the Central Amazon and southeastern Peru. They have also been introduced into other areas, such as the…

American Green Tree Frog

Hyla cinerea Order: Anura Family: Hylidae Natural History Information This is a medium-sized frog that can reach up to 6 cm (2.5 inches) in length. Their bodies are usually colored green with shades ranging from bright yellowish-olive to lime-green. The darkness of the color can change depending on lighting or temperature. There may also be…

American Alligator

Latin Name Alligator mississippiensisOrder: Crocodilia Family: Alligatoridae Natural History Information Range and Habitat American alligators are found in the southeastern United States: Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. They’re found in swamps, ponds, lakes, sluggish rivers, and marshes. Longevity Ecosystem Role As predators at the top of the…

Vinegaroon

Mastigoproctus giganteus Order: Uropygi Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements In the wild, young vinegaroons eat pinhead crickets and other small insects, while adults feed on larger insects, worms, and slugs. In captivity, vinegaroons are fed crickets; young receive pinhead crickets and adults receive adult crickets. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony…

Spotted Turtle

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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…