Questions tagged [reptiles]

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

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Is this turtle tank too dirty?

My sister got two turtles a while back, and it was great at first. Though now it seems it's too much for her to properly take care of them. Their tank is very dirty, though she claims they like that. ...
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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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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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Bearded dragon thinks I'm food [duplicate]

I just got a bearded dragon (he's still just a baby), he's eaten plenty and he's a healthy boy, but the problem I have is that he thinks my fingers are food! He has no problem with my boyfriend ...
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Is there any way to make sure my bearded dragon has enough to eat while I'm on vacation?

I'm going to be travelling between Christmas and New Year's, and so I'm working on making sure all my pets are being taken care of while I'm gone. Some of them are coming with me, and others are being ...
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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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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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Chameleon has swelling on hind legs, what could be the cause of this? Metabolic bone disease or something else?

I recently purchased a juvenile male veiled chameleon. He has small swellings on the back of his hind legs which I fear could be symptoms of metabolic bone disease. Any help? I've seen a lot of ...
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Why is it important to clean a tortoise's shell?

I have this tortoise "Jabuti" (Red-footed tortoise), for like 20 years, his shell was never cleaned because he always lived in the garden with mud. I have read about tortoise care suggesting to clean ...
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Is it okay to feed Brussels sprouts to a bearded dragon?

I saw a Facebook comments thread about this. Some people said sprouts aren't that healthy for them because there are too many vitamins. Other people said it was dangerous to feed them sprouts at all. ...
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How do you calculate the terrarium size needed for a lizard?

The Backstory: Complete pet newbie here, so bear with me please. A good friend of mine has a bearded dragon and asked me to look after it for a couple days while he was out of town. I'm the type of ...
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I have heard people talk about “candling” eggs. What is this?

I often hear people talking about "candling" eggs to check if the animal inside is still alive or not. What is this and how does it work?
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Is PVA glue safe to use in my leopard gecko's enclosure?

I'm building my gecko a new moist hide, since I didn't like the shop-bought ones very much. Without going into all the details, the lid consists of two thin, flat pieces of wood I have shaped and now ...
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How can I clean the slate tile in my terrarium without damaging it?

I keep my leopard gecko on unfinished slate tile. To clean the tile I use the below reptile-safe disinfectant (image source and more info here): and a scourer or scrubbing brush: (image sources ...
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How do I choose a good supplier for buying insects online?

I live in an urban area and I don't have a car so it's not practical to go to the pet shop every week to pick up new live insects when I don't need anything else from there. There are plenty of ...
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Would a sailfin dragon get along with a cat?

I've read that Sailfin Dragons a quite receptive of human handling and can make pretty good pets. I'm curious if that means they would get along with other animals too. I have two cats, and they're ...
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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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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 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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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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Swollen right leg on tortoise [closed]

I just discovered that my tortoise's right front leg is swollen. I don't see any redness, and no problems with movement except for its right leg, which it can't extend. It eats well. Its diet ...
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How old should bearded dragons be when you adopt them?

So we know that it's bad to get dogs and cats when they're younger than 8 weeks old, but what about bearded dragons? Is there a certain age that you should wait for your bearded dragon to be before ...
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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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Should I feed soft fruits to my veiled chameleon?

I recently purchased a veiled chameleon, and I was wondering if it could eat bananas or any other type of soft fruit. I read that it will eat plants and vegetation, but I haven't read anything thus ...
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Aquatic turtles bit each other

I've 2 male aquatic red-eared slider turtles and they've lived together in a 50 gallon tank for 6 months. One of the turtles bit the other and hurt his front leg (There is wound on his leg now). How ...
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What live plants are safe to plant in a vivarium with an Emerald Swift?

I recently bought an Emerald Swift, and want to add some live plants to his vivarium. What live plants are safe for me to put in there with him? He's an obligate carnivore, so I can't imagine that he'...
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What is a “rub”?

I keep seeing the word "rub" when people are talking about reptiles (it was also possibly used in a conversation about rats, but that was a while back and I might be misremembering). From context, I ...
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Using cornflour to save a leaking egg

Somebody posted this picture of a leaking gecko egg on Facebook and asked for advice to save it. Leaking fertile egg :( laid 9.3.14. Any ideas to save it? People suggested sprinkling cornflour on it ...
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What are the safe materials for an aquatic turtle aquarium?

What are safe materials for inside an aquatic turtle aquarium? I've seen plans using PVC, concrete, lumber, etc. but am concerned about chemicals.
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Counterbalancing air flow and humidity in a tortoise enclosure

I'm in the process of designing a new enclosure for my Redfoot tortoise. As a South American breed, she needs a lot of moisture, which at present I am providing via moistening her substrate (sphagnum ...
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What is this reptile/lizard? [closed]

Can anyone please tell me what this is? I am thinking its either a gila monster or a monitor, but could be completely wrong.
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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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How to heal a wounded chameleon? [closed]

My daughter just came in with a fairly large chameleon that our cat caught and wounded. It's got big puncture wounds in both its sides from the cat's teeth, and very traumatized. Any idea what to do ...

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