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has grown over the years. With this website I'd like to pass
on some of the information I've gathered and learned about the keeping,
maintaining and care of reptiles in a captive environment.
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websites which may be of some use to you in your search for information
about the care of various snakes, lizards, toads and other reptiles.
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other websites, helpful. If you're new to caring for reptiles
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REPTILES IN GENERAL
The first and, in my opinion, most important thing you must know about
reptiles is that they are poikilothermic
("cold-blooded"), relying on environmental conditions such as sunlight
in order to control their body temperatures. They cannot
their own body temperature internally but must depend upon the
temperature of their environment. Reptiles are able to
their body temperature to a certain extent by a process known as
"thermoregulation." They do this by moving in or out of the
or other warm places, by flattening their bodies, and by using various
appendages to gain maximum warmth from the sun's rays.
In general reptiles have a great
dependence on thermoregulation,
and this is a major factor
when designing captive housing. You must create a living area
within which the animal can move from warmer to cooler areas and back
again as needed to control their body temperature. If you
heat lamp shining into a small enclosure/cage/terrarium it's possible
the ambient temperature of the entire enclosure may climb to the point
that the reptile is unable to cool itself. If the heat source
not controlled by a thermostat, when it is on the heat may climb
steadily over a period of hours until the entire enclosure is warm,
with no cooler areas for the animal to move into. It is
therefore, that you use two thermometers in your animal's enclosure to
monitor temperatures...one on the cool side and one on the warm side or
in the basking area.
addition to providing a thermal gradient (warmer to cooler areas), you
may also need to provide humidity that is higher or lower than the
relative humidity of the room the reptile's enclosure is located in,
depending on the species of reptile you're caring for. Some
animals require a living area that provides height for climbing, while
some require only floor space...these are just a few of the things you
should know about your reptiles before
you bring them home. If you are keeping snakes, think ahead to how large the snake will become as an adult. The 18 to 20 inch hatchling that can be initially kept in a 10-gallon aquarium may end up being over 10 feet long a few years later. A good rule of thumb in estimating how much room a snake will require for an enclosure is this: LENGTH OF CAGE + TWICE THE WIDTH SHOULD BE AS BIG OR BIGGER THAN THE LENGTH OF THE SNAKE.
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