Questions tagged [reptiles]

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Sick leopard gecko

I have had my leo since february. His name is Elvis (i think its a male) the last two weeks he has been very lethargic and slowly not eating, and now more recently hes not pooping. it started when he ...
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Can a rabbit be safe drinking water that a turtle and fish live in?

My rabbit discovered that the pool in our backyard has water in it. She figured out a way to drink it. My family put a rock so she can better reach the turtle pool. I'm curious to know if the water ...
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Should I put dusted roaches back in the feeder box

I have a baby bearded dragon (3 months+/-) I dust her live food - dubia roaches) each day. Should I put the dusted roaches back into the feeder box even though they might get dusted again?
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What to do when one leopard gecko bites another?

I'm not sure what to do I have two leopard geckos and I was just feeding them and one of them bite the others head and now theirs a small noticeable hole should I take it to the vet or whatever or ...
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Iguana heating lights?

I just bought some light to use for my iguanas. Can i use this type of light for heating for the iguana (refer to the picture below): I'm not sure whether it produce enough heat or not, but i think ...
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How to treat a torn iguana toe nail?

Today when I picked up my iguana I noticed that his nail is almost off his toe but still attached, and there's blood on it, and the toe might be broken because I noticed that he keeps his hands off ...
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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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Should juvenile bearded dragons have heat rocks?

I currently have 2 bearded dragons. One being a juvenile and the other being not much older than a baby. I have researched online about bearded dragons and heat rocks with many conflicting answers. ...
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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 cornsnake out more. But everywhere over the Internet they are blasted as being ...
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How Important is Natural Sunlight to Tortoises?

My fiancée and I are considering getting a Mediterranean spur thigh tortoise - neither of us have had one before, and we're unsure if it's suited to our current situation - as much as we both love the ...
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Black spot/patch on my bearded dragons back

My bearded dragon has a black spot/patch on her back. She has had it for. Month or two. Ive been giving her a bath in betadine just in case of infection but it doesn't seem to be going away. Can ...
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Is hot water enough to clean a reptile's water bowl?

I saw on a forum once that hot water is enough to clean a reptile water bowl and I'm a little skeptical of this. Is this enough to clean it or should I use diluted vinegar, disinfectant such as Wipe ...
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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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What is the white spot on my Bearded Dragon's head? It does not look like shedding skin

This white spot is much thicker than shedding skin and seems to be on his eyelid as well. Could it be a fungus?
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Whats the best sand to use for my bearded dragon?

I have a baby Bearded dragon that I got from some guy. He kept them on a gravel like sand which looks horrible and if the little guy did eat some he would not pass some of it through. I know I'm not ...
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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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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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Shedding bearded Dragon, has a white grey spot [duplicate]

My bearded Dragon is shedding her whole back but she has a white grey spot is there anyone that's experience that with their bearded Dragon? Feeling really concerned
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My turtle's shell flakes off

My red ear slider shell flakes off as clear flakes. What is happening, what do I need to do? I have been using cuttle bone and stepped up his basking.
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Does my bearded dragon have anything wrong with him? [duplicate]

He is acting relatively normal but he is in brumation so he is less active. I have little to no experience with these kind of things, since he is my first reptile, and I got him 6 months ago. The ...
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My leopard gecko arm was taken off by my sister's cat while was at work!

I was at work and my door was closed. My sister opened the door and the cat got in and was pawing at it. The cat broke open the roof and attacked gecko's tail and took his leg clean off! What kind of ...
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Tail Rot affecting other limbs?

So, I have two Beardies one male one not entirely sure, Blaze and Nermy. But anyways they seem to have tail rot on there legs as well. Can this happen
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Breeding age range for terrestrial geckos

I have a female African Fat Tailed gecko who is (15+) years of age. I have a feeling this is too old for breeding. At what age range is it acceptable to breed terrestrial geckos? Males? Females? ...
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Water conditioner for snake

Okay so I built a small aquarium in my snakes terrarium for him to swim in. I added a couple of small fish that can live without water conditioner. Id like to get different fish for the aquarium but ...
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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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I have a box turtle that has a very long beak, how can I shave it down without having to take him to the Vets office?

My male turtle has a very long beak. It is very difficult for him to pick up his food to eat. I don't want to put him through the stress of going to a Vet's office. What can I use to shave his beak ...
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Why is my female Red eared slider swimming frantically, being mean, tearing plastic plants, not basking, trying to climb tank walls?

My female RES as been swimming frantically, being mean (biting anything), not basking (for 4 days), climbing tank walls, and tearing apart plastic plant? She has never done this before! Is she mad? ...
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my juvenile bearded dragon still dull and greyish after shedding tail

My juvenile bearded dragon sheds every few weeks. We haven't had any problems so far. I mist several times a day and his eating habits haven't changed. With that being said he is shedding his tail ...
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Is a bearded dragon measured from nose tip to end of tail tip or nose tip to begining of tail

How is a bearded dragon measured? some say from the tip of the nose to the tip if the tail. Then some say from the tip of the nose to the tail base. Which is correct?
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Alligator as a pet

I don't have any experience taking care of reptiles so obviously I wouldn't want a gator as a pet. But I might have children in the future and what if they find alligators so fascinating and even see ...
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Why is my chameleon's mouth staying open on one side?

It looks like her mouth is going to one side. I don't know what to do. She has never been injured that we are aware of. She always stays in her cage, and she is able to eat. What do you recommend?
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Reptiles or other critters for insect control in a greenhouse?

I'm looking at building a 15ft wide x 40ft long glass solarium / conservatory (same thing, called differently depending on where you live). This will be used about 90% for raising vegetables and about ...
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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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Can a Savannah monitor see red light?

Many reptiles, especially snakes, don't see red light. However, some see more than humans, such as bearded dragons who have yellow specific color receptors. What colors do Savannah monitors see?
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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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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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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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What should be in a leopard gecko first aid kit?

I would like to have materials on hand to be prepared if anything goes wrong with my pets. I have heard people suggest a first aid box so that you are prepared, but I don't have much idea what to put ...
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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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When my leopard gecko sheds he can't see, is that okay?

When Rocky, my leopard gecko, sheds it seems like the last thing to come off is the skin on his face, head, and eyes. It looks like he can't see at all! Is this okay?
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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 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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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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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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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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Is there any evidence to suggest that lizards can recognize a human face?

I was playing air drums next to my 2-year old Uromastyx's tank, and I noticed out of the corner of my eye that she kept glancing up and my face, despite my hands going crazy 2 feet down (almost giving ...
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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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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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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 ...