Tamandua (lesser anteater)

Southern Tamandua Latin Name: Tamandua tetradactyla Order: Pilosa Family: Myrmecophagidae Southern tamandua are also known as lesser anteaters (based on a comparison to Giant Anteaters) and collared anteaters/tamandua (due to their standard coloration of a dark patch of fur in a collar shape on their back). There is a second species of tamandua, the northern…

Prehensile-tailed Skink

The Prehensile tailed(PT) skink has many adaptations to discuss with visitors about their arboreal lifestyle. However, some individuals might have aggressive tendencies around their enclosure or breeding season. Presenting them on a perch can minimize those interactions. Limited breeding in captivity can impact availability of ambassadors.

Red Footed Tortoise

Geochelone carbonaria Order: Testudines Family: Testudinidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat This tortoise is native to central and northern South America, from Panama to northern Argentina, and on several Caribbean islands. Preferred habitats include drier forest areas, grasslands, savannas, or rainforest belts adjoining more open habitats. Longevity Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Life Cycle Natural…

Two-toed Sloth

Choloepus didactylus or Choloepus hoffmanni Order: Pilosa Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Needs branches to hang from. Needs to be able to access the ground via a branch or enclosure side to defecate. For easier husbandry, place the tree branch to the ground on top of a litter box. Can use aspen shavings for litter.Also needs…

Agouti

Dasyprocta punctata Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Likes to have hide box to feel secure Lots of enrichment to keep busy, food scatter, browse, scents, dirt pans to dig in, large water pools to play in. Diet Requirements Variety of fruits (apple, coconut, mango, pineapple, pear, grape, orange), vegetables(cucumber, zuccini, brocoli, sweet potato, celery,…

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…

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…

Argentine Black and White Tegu

Tupinambis merianae Order:   Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Fresh water from the tap is fine. Remove any feces that appear. Monitor temps/humidity. Heavily mist holding area 3 times a week. Animal can be placed in a shallow tub of room temperature water twice a week for a soak. No need to soak longer than 15…

Green Basilisk

Basiliscus plumifrons Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Large water bowl, high perching for climbing and basking high up. Recommend covering 2-3 faces of all glass enclosures and mind the proximity to screen tops as nose rubbing may occur. Plants for hiding also recommended and if possible outdoor enclosures are best. Minimum width and height on…