Moon Crab

Moon Crab  Latin Name Gecarcinus quadratus Order: Decapoda Family: Gecarcinidae The common name “moon crab” is sometimes used for other Gecarcinus species or crabs in the genus Cardisoma. G. quadratus is also commonly known as the Halloween crab.  Overview  As one of the most surprising, yet familiar arthropod species, land crabs can make very good…

3-Banded Armadillo

Species Latin Name Tolypeutes matacus Order: Edentata or Xenarthra Family: Dasypodidae Overview The unique look of these mammals, as well as many interesting facts about this species, makes the Southern Three-Banded Armadillo a good addition to an education team. When hormonal behavior is presented, staff must take into consideration that the armadillo might not be…

Naked Mole-rat

Heterocephalus glaber Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Naked mole-rats have a natural instinct to tunnel and are able to chew through most materials over time. They may be contained in glass or plastic-walled cylinders (like clear PVC pipes) or cubes (like glass tanks) as long as they can’t get their teeth around any edges…

Cape Porcupine

Hystrix africaeustralis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Very good diggers; need concrete or chain link under dirt to allow digging behavior but prevent escape. Live in burrows; need a nestbox or cave. Expect chewing on any chewable surfaces. Food and water bowls should be metal or concrete. Branches or small logs for chewing are…

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…

Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus Order: Testudines Husbandry Information Housing Requirements For small tortoises a tub or trough at least 2 feet by 3 feet, as the tortoise grows it needs larger tub. The sides of the tub need to be taller than the tortoise is long to prevent climbing Since providing a burrow is impracticle for a program…

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…

Desert Tortoise

Gopherus agassizii Order: Testudines Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Zoo America: Upper respiratory infections tend to be a problem. 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 Enrichment for Reptiles By…

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…