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Welcome! My hobby of keeping and breeding various reptiles 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. I've included many useful links to other herpetological 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. I hope you find the information here, as well as the links to other websites, helpful. If you're new to caring for reptiles I hope you come to enjoy these fascinating creatures and learn to appreciate their uniqueness; and if you've been caring for reptiles for some time already perhaps there will still be some information here that may help you.

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CARING FOR REPTILES IN GENERAL

HOUSING

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 regulate their own body temperature internally but must depend upon the temperature of their environment. Reptiles are able to control their body temperature to a certain extent by a process known as "thermoregulation." They do this by moving in or out of the sun 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 have a 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 is 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 critical, 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.

In 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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