Questions tagged [reptiles]

Relating to keeping a reptile as a pet; housing, feeding, care. No generalised reptile questions.

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My new Leopard gecko turned grey and is cold to the touch

so I just bought a leopard gecko (It's my first reptile) and last night I had turned off it's heat mat. I had read that leopard geckos could withstand temps of 70s (which is the coldest it usually ...
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I think my female map turtle is trying to lay her eggs in the water [duplicate]

I have two map turtles; one male and another one female. I caught them doing the mating dance and the deeds plenty of times. I got the male from a friend and he was lonely, so about a month later ...
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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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Will tortoises get along with gerbils if out of their cages at the same time?

Recently we were thinking of getting gerbils, and we already have a tortoise. We were wondering if the tortoise would mind the gerbils if they were both out of their cages at the same time, or vice ...
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Reptiles or other critters for insect control in a greenhouse?

I'm looking at building a 15 ft wide x 40 ft long (4.5 x 12 m) glass solarium / conservatory (same thing, called differently depending on where you live). ...
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How to “re-tame” my captive shingleback

I have had my pet shingleback for a few years now, kept in an inside enclosure. I purchased the lizard of a breeder who had frequently handled the lizard and had it well tamed. For the first 12 ...
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Differences between taking care of a California king snake and a corn snake

I've been taking care of my snake as if it was a corn snake, but today I was looking at some images and my mom suggested it might be a California king snake, then I started doubting what the vendor ...
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Safe hot-rock for corn snake

Hot-rocks look like a great idea! I would love to warm the hide at night and the rock at day, so as to entice my corn snake out more. But everywhere over the Internet they are blasted as being ...
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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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Water conditioner for a snake

Okay so I built a small aquarium in my snake's terrarium for him to swim in. I added a couple of small fish that can live without water conditioner. I'd like to get different fish for the aquarium, ...
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Snake died suddenly. I have no idea what happened

My pet ball python (I’d had him for about 3 months now) was fine last night. I got him from a reptile expo back in December from a breeder. I cleaned his cage with vinegar and water solution and put ...
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Turtle laying his head restlessly against glass

I have had a turtle for about 2 weeks now, and today I noticed him laying his head against the glass, which I did not see him do earlier. I am quite new to reptiles and I am a bit worried. I have also ...
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How to choose the right size of mice for my snakes?

Currently my black headed python is eating 3 medium mice once every 10 days. If he is eating 3 with ease should I upgrade the size of his mice? I also have 2 hatchling jungles that are currently ...
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Am I feeding OK for my 6 inch (15 cm) map turtle?

Her pellet food: Her bugco superworms: I currently feed my map turtle 3 worms in the morning and 3 more in the afternoon, like at around 2 to 3 PM, and I also feed her just a little bit of ...
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What is wrong with my snake? Skin problem? Burn?

Yesterday my snake was absolutely fine. This morning I went to pick her up for some handling and I noticed a weird mark on her skin, as I looked closer it appears there's a small amount of blood and ...
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How do I heat and/or build multiple snake enclosures?

I am starting to get setup for snake breeding (balls) and I am lost on the process of multi enclosures. It is hard to find information about getting started with them and best practices/equipment to ...
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Is there any substrate for turtles that avoids the risks of impaction?

I've been reading a lot about impaction in reptiles. Various articles have suggested alternatives that prevent impaction in reptiles, but they've all been about land reptiles. So far all substrate I ...
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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 stop my turtle from eating my pet goldfish?

I had two turtles (male and female) and five goldfish in one 2.5 x 1.5 ft (around 46 x 61 cm) aquarium, which was filled with water up to 1 ft (around 30 cm) height. I fed all of them once a day, ...
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What morph is my leopard gecko?

Does this photo help decide what morph she is? I have looked up multiple morphs but I can't tell. Could you guys help? It would mean a lot.
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Dragon scratching glass a lot

My dragon is a hatchling from the pet store. I've got him in a 10 gallon tank for now which stays 95 °F in hot end and 75 °F in cool end. He surfs glass a lot. I have checked all the sites on this ...
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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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Do mosquitoes bite reptiles? Is there any danger of communicating pathogens?

I'd like to know the generic answer for reptiles, but I'm particularly concerned about tortoises. Mine is largely an indoor tortoise, and the mosquitoes are already pretty much gone from our area, ...
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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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How can I help my Uromastyx who won't adjust to safer conditions and handling?

My dad owns a pet wholesale, and received in a shipment a one-eyed baby uromastyx. He decided to bring it home as he figured he wouldn't be able to sell it. At the time, we had a female who had just ...
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What should I have in my chameleon enclosure?

I have a 6 month old Yemen Chameleon, she is doing well and is perfectly healthy. In my enclosure I have a large log that goes diagonal from one corner to the other. I then have leaves wrapped around ...
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Why does our blackheaded python wrap on herself?

Our blackheaded python has been wrapping on our hand but mostly herself when we pick her up. It began when she would be trying to burrow under us if we were seated and picked her up, but now she does ...
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How can I make sure my Bearded Dragon's terrarium is safe after my apartment has been fumigated?

I just received notice that my apartment is getting bug-bombed this weekend. I'm planning on moving my bearded dragon to a smaller terrarium so that it's easier to move him out for the day, but I don'...
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My new gecko is fighting my old one!

I got a leopard gecko about 3 weeks ago and I thought it needed a friend, so today I got another and put it in the terrarium. They are both pretty young. The new one went into the hide my old one was ...
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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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Distilled water for misting my tree frog enclosure

Is it ok to use distilled water to mist my treefrog enclosure, but give it water with minerals in it for the water Bowl?
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My cat attacked my pet leopard gecko and the gecko is probably injured, what to do?

A few hours ago my cat got my gecko and scratched it in the neck, ear, back, and hands. She seems to be alive and moving well, but her jaw is just the tinniest bit of crooked, and she does take a ...
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How can I know how healthy my turtle's shell is?

Recently while giving my turtle some shell scratching I noticed I could press the plastron (bottom part of shell) and carapace (top part of shell) down closer to each other. This mostly only happens ...
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My 16 year old red eared slider hasn't laid eggs in years

Shes been acting crazy, trying to get out of her tank and being a picky eater. I just started reading about her symptoms and discovered that she could be eggbound. Until now, I had no idea that this ...
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Ivory Python Belly turned Dark Green

I got a Ivory Ball Python back in March and even though his lower jaw was a little deformed (it was a bit shorter than his tip but he still was able to feed correctly) we loved him. Unfortunately he ...
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My leopard gecko is excreting a white sludge. What is this and is it normal?

There's a white paste coming out of my gecko's vent. Is this calcium or something else? Should I be worried about it if the gecko isn't metabolising the calcium properly?
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How can I help my sick leopard gecko?

Two years ago my brother got a pet leopard gecko. We still don't know it's gender but I will say him. For two years he was fine and looked healthy had a fat tail and ate fine. The only problem was ...
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I think my leopard gecko Luna is impacted - how can I tell?

I think my leopard gecko Luna is impacted. Her belly is black and purple. I started warm baths today. She ate some large crickets and just lays around all day. Not eating or drinking or pooping. Is ...
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Found this skink in my tomato plant bucket. Is he trapped? Or could he leave if he wanted?

I've been growing some tomatoes in a 5 gallon bucket. About 4 days ago, I found this skink sitting there in the dirt. . Since he's been there, he's been happily just burrowing around in the dirt and (...
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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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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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Use glycerin to help your gecko shed?

Can you use glycerin to help your gecko shed? I've used it on a burmese python that had not shed the caps on his eyes for quite sometime. And it helped tremendously. Do you think it would be just as ...
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Leo Gecko Too Cold During the Winter? [duplicate]

Over the summer I purchased a leopard gecko and have managed to keep her cage within the recommended warmth range, though recently I've noticed her cage becomes a little colder due to the winter ...
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Handling my chameleon

I have had my chameleon for around a month now. When I first got her I was told to leave her in her enclosure for two days before handling her. After the two days had passed I went to pick her up and ...
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Possible case of MBD in a leopard gecko

My 8 month old leopard gecko has had his front left leg turned inwards for the past 2 weeks. He also stays in his hide a lot and rarely comes out. Is there anything I can do?
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Bearded dragon sick or gravid?

I have had my bearded dragon for almost a year, and I got her when she was a baby. She has always been very nice and never seemed agitated toward anyone. About a week ago I thought she had infertile ...
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What is that in my red-eared slider's wound?

First Question I have taken a photo of her wound today (see the first figure below). You can see there is a dark pink thing. Does anyone know what it is? Is it pus or a scab? Second Question This ...
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bearded dragon perches when he sleeps why is that?

My bearded dragon doesn't use his hiding spot. He rather prefers to perch on his basking spot to sleep. Why is that?
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What are snake morphs?

When looking for snakes I often see the term morph flying around. What does it mean exactly?
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My snake has started shedding, but seems unwilling/unable to finish

I have a juvenile corn snake. This is her second shed with me so far, and the first went very easily. This time, however, she seems to be unwilling or unable to fully work her skin off. On Thursday ...