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My leopard gecko sometimes has trouble shedding. How can I help?

Sometimes, when my gecko sheds, not all of the skin comes off and I find flaky white patches left behind. I know you shouldn't pull at them to help them come off, so what should you do instead?
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What is this dull patch on my bearded dragon?

I noticed today that my bearded dragon has a dull-looking patch on her back. Does anyone know what might have caused this? Is she sick? I'm very concerned. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Gecko won't eat

I need help. Recently I've been neglecting my gecko because of something that happened to me that left me emotionally distressed. My gecko used to be healthy, but now he's skinny, squints his eyes, ...
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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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Baby leopard gecko won't eat!

I got a baby leopard gecko exactly one week ago and I haven't seen him eat yet. He is a hatchling and he looks like an average sized baby. I am feeding him on large calcium dusted mealworms. I have ...
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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 do I tell the sex of a bearded dragon?

I have a bearded dragon and I want to know whether it's a boy or a girl. I don't see any parts down there, so how can I tell?
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What types of food and vitamins are appropriate for a leopard gecko?

My partner and I have had many reptiles over the years (bearded dragons, snakes of various sizes etc) but our latest additions are 2 leopard geckos - we're not sure exactly what breed, but we think ...
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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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Snake not interested in food

So I have a female Californian king snake and I'm starting to get worried about her not eating. First of all, she has not eaten in 4 months. It's winter at the moment and I know they do not eat at ...
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What is a good substrate for a bearded dragon terrarium?

There are so many different types of substrate, what are the reasons to choose one type of substrate over another, or is it all just personal preference?
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How can one care for a small snapping turtle?

My friend has recently acquired a snapping turtle no smaller than a couple of inches long and we are wondering what we can feed it. Since it is so small we figured that we should be careful with what ...
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What antiseptic is safe to use on reptiles?

If my geckos get cuts or scrapes, what is safe to use to clean the wounds? TCP? Iodine? Antiseptic? Something else? I have a reptile-safe disinfectant that I use to clean the tank with, but there's ...
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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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How can I keep my 3 month old leopard gecko warm

I have a baby leopard gecko but my heat lamp just broke and I will have no money for a new one for about a week or two how can I keep her warm until then?? Is a floor vent heater okay? I’m panicking ...
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Why does my Bearded Dragon attack my hand when putting food in his cage?

Why does my Bearded Dragon attack my hand when putting food in his cage? I feed my bearded dragon Greens and live worms and give him distilled water. Lately I have been noticing that my Bearded Dragon ...
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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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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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Feeding live insects from outside to reptiles?

I live in Florida and live out in a wooded area and as I grew up I noticed roaches that pop up out of nowhere when lifting things up outside . I was wondering if I can use those to feed my gecko .
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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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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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Is there a substrate for a Redfoot tortoise that won't retain excess moisture?

I have a South American tortoise (a Redfoot) that lives on sphagnum moss bedding. I have given some thought to switching her to a topsoil-based substrate, but I'm concerned that such a base will ...
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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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Would putting a thin layer of plexiglass over a UV-B fixture in a reptile enclosure filter out a significant amount of light?

I have a UV-A/UV-B fixture similar to the one below. I would like to cover the bulb portion with plexiglass to protect it from moisture damage. I'm afraid that covering it up will attenuate some ...
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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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What is brumation?

I've heard the term brumation used when talking about various reptiles. I haven't heard the term used with any animal besides reptiles, so I'm assuming it's something specific to reptiles. So what is ...
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Is it possible to breed crickets?

Buying crickets every few days to feed to my bearded dragon gets expensive, and I hate going to the store. Is it possible for me to breed crickets?
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What is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle?

I've noticed that both are quite often called the other (turtles being called tortoises and tortoises being called turtles). Just in case there is some confusion, could someone clarify what makes a ...
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How can I raise some red earthworms for my turtle?

I've recently attained a culture of about 20-50 red earthworms, and I'm planning to use them to feed my turtle. I'm currently leaving them in a 14 inch * 5 inch * 5 inch deep planting pot, with soil ...
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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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How to tame a blue tongue lizard

We have a blue tongue lizard that has been living with us in our garden for a few years. He is large, approx 50 cm long (1.5 - 2 foot long) We regard him as a pet, even though he not in an ...
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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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Sick leopard gecko

I have had my leo since February. His name is Elvis (I think it's a male). The last two weeks he has been very lethargic and slowly not eating, and now more recently he's not pooping. It started when ...
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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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What do I need to consider before breeding reptiles?

I'm considering breeding some of my pet reptiles. Is there anything I should do beforehand in order to be properly prepared? I'm not concerned so much with how to breed them, more of just what I need ...
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