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Can uromastyx recognize glass?

My ornate uro glass surfs for long periods of time every day. I've tried everything to narrow down what he could be needing. Here's his setup: He in a 4'x2'x2' PVC enclosure 95-100F on the hot end, ...
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Diet and care for bearded dragon

My daughter has a bearded dragon and he is weak, has significantly low appetite and sometimes does not eat at all. She feeds him crickets with vitamins. We took him to the vet and he is now on a ...
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Aggressive bearded dragon help?

My bearded dragon is being aggressive, anything that comes in or near his tank he tries to attack. If I vacuum near his tank he tries to go after it, when I plug up anything in the socket, if I stick ...
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Bearded dragon scared of hands?

I recently purchased two bearded dragons. One is a juvenile while the other is not much older than a baby. The baby bearded dragon is very accepting of holding and interaction and doesn't do much ...
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Leopard gecko is wounded, can't move its back legs

I have a leopard gecko. It just leaped out of my hands from four feet up and it can't move her back legs. I live in a small town, there is nowhere to bring her. What should I do?
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Why does my tortoise make a peeping or whistling sound while breathing?

I'm not asking for health-related advice, as I've had the vet following this for many years to make sure it's not respiratory-related, but this is more of a "does it fit the animal's natural history" ...
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Is it possible to gut-load a mouse?

When feeding insects to lizards, it's a common practice to gut-load them in order to deliver nutrients to the lizard. The diet of the insects can be altered to give them the highest possible ...
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My leopard gecko is digging. Does this mean she's gravid and trying to lay eggs?

Found this question on a leopard geckos group on Facebook. My new gecko keeps digging in her earth. As soon as I flatten and evenly spread it out she pushes it all back to the same spot and sits on ...
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My red eared slider turtle won't grow

I have a red eared slider turtle, who won't grow. I've had my turtle for 10 months. It's about 2 inches. Also, the bottom shell is soft and squishy. Please help. I want to help my turtle.
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What does "Het" mean when talking about reptiles?

I've heard the term used when talking about reptile morphs, and there's sometimes a percentage combined with it. What are people talking about?
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Rosy Boa keeps seeking the cold. Why?

I just got a 4 month old, male, rosy boa 5 days ago. His warm side (temperature taken at surface) fluctuates between 85 and 94 °F (29 and 34 °C). I have a heating pad stuck under the cage and an UV ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

The top and bottom of my tortoise's shell tend to get messy from wet substrate, waste, etc. How can I safely clean the shell, without damaging it in any way?
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What are reptile caves made of?

I was looking through a documentary about animal welfare and I was wondering what are reptile caves made of and who is controlling the elements used in their conception. I checked mine and can't find ...
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Leopard gecko tail injury question (harsh pictures)

My little buddy ran away from me yesterday and ran next to a little statue of the Statue of Liberty and it fell and hit his tail. He dropped the tail and that was a clean snap. There's this bit left ...
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Are there rescue organisations for reptiles?

In the reptile groups I'm active in, I see a number of people trying to rehome their pets or other people's. All the transactions I see are direct from person to person - sometimes direct from ex-...
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My female red eared slider's awkward behavior is concerning me

My female red eared slider' has recently been displaying an awkward and concerning behavior. She has been: swimming frantically; being mean (biting anything); hasn't been basking for 4 days; trying ...
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I have a Russian Tortoise. Should I let him hibernate from fall till spring without feeding him? Or should I wake him up?

I have an estimated 15 year old Russian tortoise who I've had for 5 years. I typically leave his lights off throughout fall. This year he's gone through winter, too. Should I be doing this or is it ...
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Do female bearded dragons menstruate?

This may seem very strange, but about once a month my 11/2 year old female bearded dragon goes in to a bit of a "mood". I adopted her about 5 months ago. She stays in one spot, usually in ...
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My leopard gecko is sick [duplicate]

My leopard gecko got moved to a new cage a month ago. In the last two weeks he has refused to eat anything. He is out of hiding and walking throughout his cage. His tank is around 84°F (29°C) on the ...
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My turtle won't eat

Why won't my turtle (a spiny turtle), that I've just recently bought, eat? It's been 1 week and the turtle still hasn't eat. The turtle is 12 inch (30 cm) long (I reckon she is quite old). I've tried ...
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How can I diminish my dragon's reflection?

When my bearded dragon was younger, he didn't react to his reflection. Because he didn't react, I figured that he either couldn't see it, or wasn't bothered by it. But now that he's fully grown, he's ...
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Is there a way to measure the UV output of a light?

Since UV lights are important to reptiles, and I've heard it said that they lose their UV output after about 6 months even if they haven't burnt out, is there a way to measure the UV output of a light?...
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1 year old bearded dragon problem - he is getting stressed by his own reflection [duplicate]

I have a 1 yo bearded dragon. I have always used a 100 watt basking lightbulb for my 40 gallon (150 L) tank. He is just now starting to notice his reflection. I have the static background around 3 of ...
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Is my lighting correct for a bearded dragon?

I currently have only one light source going at a time, during the day I place the UVB light in the lamp while at night I insert the infrared basking light. It is 75 °F (24 °C) where the UVB light is, ...
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My leopard gecko won't shed

My leopard gecko has only shed once and I got him on May 19th, 2018. Sometimes he goes pale but nothing happens, he always has wet moss, I give him baths. He seems healthy, there's nothing wrong with ...
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My pet snake seems to have some sort of bugs crawling on its face; do I need to worry?

There are tiny little white things crawling across my pet snakes face, and even on its eyes. What are they, and what should I do about them? Are they harmful?
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How can I gauge a vet's experience with reptiles?

It's come to my attention that not all vets are trained to treat reptiles. Other than the obvious "Do you have a vet trained in treating reptiles?", what are some pertinent questions I can ask a ...
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My youngest leopard gecko's eye started shrinking / deflating! Is this something I should be worried about?

My littlest leopard gecko has always been a tad unhealthy. He was the tiniest lizard from his clutch, and he already has metabolic bone disease... His tail was also eaten off by a violent sibling (has ...
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Another New Turtle

Someone gave me a baby turtle. I'm not sure if they have been taking care of it. I need to know if it's a male or female? Also, when I placed it in water it just floated. So I took it out and layed ...
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How to care for a turtle / tortoise with a fractured shell?

Prompted by this question: Assume you care for a turtle or tortoise and by accident it falls from a height and cracks its shell. The first and most important course of action is to see a vet as soon ...
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My Indian flapshell turtle fell from 3rd floor. How to know there's any internal damage by his behaviour?

I also want to say only one drop blood came out. Then I took him in dry place.
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How to identify a turtle/tortoise experienced vet?

It is not easy to find a vet, that is experienced in reptiles. Most cat-dog-vets, who have no experience with reptiles, do not admit that they may be uninformed. How could I get knowledge about a vet ...
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How much calcium and vitamin D₃ supplementation is beneficial to an adult tortoise who may be deficient?

I have a 10 year old redfoot tortoise. Her natural origins are in South American, so she's not desperately dependent on UV-B radiation to survive like an African species is. She gets plenty of ...
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How do I determine when my tortoise is sated?

How do I determine when my tortoise is sated and, if there's no way to tell when she is, are there any long-term effects of (mildly) overfeeding her? I've given my tortoise a lot of food, she'll ...
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Can crushed egg shell be used as a substrate for aquariums and terrariums?

A recent answer stated that egg shell can be crushed and used as a calcium supplement in Do-it-yourself food. This got me relating it to crushed coral, which is commonly used as a substrate. I've ...
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Mali Uromastyx: Stick thing sticking out of Femoral Pore

I picked up my Mali Uro today, and noticed a stick/hook thing sticking out of one of her(?) femoral pores. I searched around, and people have mentioned "bulges" on the pores, but I couldn't find any ...
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Leopard gecko's odd behavior

I got my leopard gecko a month ago. I love her to bits, her name's Frankie. The vet said she was around 6 months old. Maybe I'm just worrying too much, but I figured I should get input anyway. To ...
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What is this weird, dull looking, gray patching on my beardie's head and neck?

I noticed this a few days ago, it doesn't look like anything normal, I was wondering if it might be scale rot due to too much moisture, but now it's not so gray anymore, I completely dried and cleaned ...
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Baby leopard gecko hasn’t eaten [duplicate]

Hi I bought a baby leopard gecko almost two weeks ago, on 14th August, and I haven't seen him eat. He is a hatchling. I offer him mealworms and Phoenix worms, but he has not ate since I got him. He ...
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Can Uromastyx eat peanuts?

I bought my Uro a Finch seed mix since I read seeds can be a good addition to a Uro's diet in terms of nutrients and roughage. I've been giving it to her for a few months now, and noticed that she ...
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How do I keep my leopard gecko cage warm?

I just got a leopard gecko at a reptile show and it is my first one. My room is only about 21 °C (70 °F) and is not warm enough for it. How can I make my room or the cage warmer?
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Are Terrapins sold in the UK?

I am from the UK and I was wondering if I can get terrapins. i have looked on all the websites of close by pet stores and none of them know where to get them from.
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How many hours should lights be on for a turtle?

For my turtle I use two bulbs: IR to make nice warm place for my turtle. UV to get vitamin D and kill some bacteria. What time should the bulbs be ON (from - to)?
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Is tap water safe for reptiles?

Is it okay to give my reptile a bowl of tap water to drink from and bathe/swim in? Or is there something wrong with tap water that I should avoid?
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How long should I wait until I help my crested gecko shed?

I am a new crested gecko owner and this is his first shed with me. It seems like all of his shed is off other than on his toes, but it’s only been about 30 minutes since he shed the rest. I know how ...
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What is the importance of UV radiation to pet reptiles?

I have no experience with reptiles. I was reading Would putting a thin layer of plexiglass over a UV-B fixture in a reptile enclosure filter out a significant amount of light? and I would like an ...
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Do UVB halogen mini bulbs implicitly include UVA?

I have a 25 watt Zilla mini halogen bulb (day blue) on our new lizard terrarium. It claims to have UVB, but there are no claims of UVA. Can I assume assume UVA is included since it is a longer ...
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My leopard gecko is bleeding under his skin!

Recently, I have gotten a leopard gecko. He/she is now about three or four months old. I feed him meal worms and I am hoping to offer crickets for more variety. Recently, I was holding him in attempts ...
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Leopard gecko seems sick

Just a few nights of having our baby leopard gecko, the poor thing escaped because we did not have access to an appropriate tank until a few days later. After an hour of searching, we found it under a ...
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Design requirements for bearded dragon vivarium

I'm in the process of designing a new vivarium for a bearded dragon that I'm going to get in the future. I'm intending on building this from scratch out of high-quality materials (I'm an engineer so I ...